Bronze for Fowler and the Sapphires

July 30, 2018 | Townsville Fire news

JCU Townsville Fire development player Alex Fowler has secured a bronze medal with Australia at the Under-17 World Cup in Belarus.

Hoping to successfully defend their title from two years ago, the Chemist Warehouse Sapphires suffered just one loss for the entire campaign – a 58-68 loss to France in the semi-finals – but bounced back against Hungary overnight to storm to a 57-51 win.

Fowler finished with four points and five rebounds in the play-off for bronze including two clutch free throws with just 22 seconds left in the game.

Three-time WNBL championship winner Mark Wrobel added a bronze medal to the World Cup gold he won two years ago after serving as an assistant once again to Shannon Seebohm.

Over the course of the World Cup, Fowler, who has graduated from the Queensland Country Health Fund Academy to a development player’s contract, was a defensive presence for the Sapphires.

Fowler averaged 4.1 points and 4.6 rebounds in Minsk including a tournament-high 11 points and three rebounds against Latvia in the pool games.

The six-foot forward often giving up significant height as she anchored the paint for the Sapphires.

Click here to see box scores from the bronze medal game between Australia and Hungary at the Under-17 World Cup.

Image courtesy of FIBA.