London, UK (ISN) – Both Canada’s Men’s and Women’s wheelchair basketball teams emerged victorious at the London 2012 Paralympic Games Saturday, the men remaining undefeated in pool play.
Canada’s depth proved insurmountable for the Polish Men’s Wheelchair Basketball Team who fell to the Canadians 83-65 at North Greenwich Arena Saturday. Once again, Patrick Anderson (Fergus, ON) was in a league of his own, potting 34 points, 12 assists, and 9 rebounds – all game highs. Richard Peter, of Vancouver, BC added 12 points, Wonowon, BC’s Bo Hedges scored nine, and both David Eng, of Montreal, QC, and Toronto, Ontario’s Adam Lancia contributed with eight points.
The Canadian Men will continue preliminary round action on Sunday September 2nd at 3:15pm BST, facing-off against Germany at the Basketball Arena to decide who will remain the only undefeated team in Pool B.
On the women’s side, the Canadian Women’s Wheelchair Basketball Team stormed out of the gates against Australia Saturday evening and hung on to win 57 – 50. An eight-point run in the first quarter gave the Canucks a 14-6 lead heading into the second frame. By halftime, the Aussies had narrowed the gap to a single point (33-32) and the game remained close until the final minutes. Janet McLachlan, of Vancouver, BC, sealed the victory for Canada following up back-to-back free throws with a clutch field goal that effectively put the game out of reach for Australia. She finished with a game-high 28 points and 21 rebounds. The Canadian Women will look to continue the win streak Sunday September 2nd at 3:15 against Brazil.
For more information on Canada’s wheelchair basketball teams at the Paralympic Games, visit www.wheelchairbasketball.ca/London_2012_Paralympic_Games.aspx