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Carnarvon-born Daniel Johnson gets Commonwealth Games silver medal in 3x3 basketball

Jake Santa MariaMidwest Times
BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND - AUGUST 02: Jamell Anderson #8 of Team England battles for the ball against Daniel Geoffrey Craig Johnson #21 of Team Australia during the Men's 3x3 Basketball Gold Medal match on day five of the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games at Smithfield on August 02, 2022 on the Birmingham, England. (Photo by Justin Setterfield/Getty Images)
Camera IconBIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND - AUGUST 02: Jamell Anderson #8 of Team England battles for the ball against Daniel Geoffrey Craig Johnson #21 of Team Australia during the Men's 3x3 Basketball Gold Medal match on day five of the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games at Smithfield on August 02, 2022 on the Birmingham, England. (Photo by Justin Setterfield/Getty Images) Credit: Justin Setterfield/Getty Images

The first Commonwealth Games edition of the frenetic, hyperactive game of 3x3 basketball concluded last week as England triumphed with a game-winning two-pointer in overtime.

It was a heartbreaking loss for the Aussies after Carnarvon-born Daniel Johnson drew the scores level with 10 seconds remaining to send the game into overtime.

The first team to score two points in a row wins the match in overtime and Australia had the upper hand at 16-15 only for Johnson’s two-point effort to swirl in, then out of the rim.

The ball found its way to Birmingham local Myles Hesson, who nailed his two-pointer to steal the gold for England.

Silver is still a fantastic result and the event was certainly a hit with fans after the event was introduced at the Tokyo Olympics in 2020, though neither England or Australia have qualified for the 2024 games.

The Australian team included Johnson, former Perth Wildcats Jesse Wagstaff and Greg Hire, as well as Thomas Wright.

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