Wheelchair Basketball Men Stay Perfect, Women Move to 2-1

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LONDON (ISN) –  With a 73-66 win over Germany, the Canadian Men’s Wheelchair Basketball Team improves to 4-0 at the London 2012 Paralympic Games and secures the top spot in their pool, while the Women’s squad earned their second win with a 65-51 win over Brazil.

In the Men’s game with Germany, a dominant second quarter proved to be the difference for Canada. Spurred on by six consecutive buckets by Bo Hedges, of Wonowon, BC, Canada went on a ten-point run and captured a 27-20 lead. Outscoring their opponents 19-10 in the second quarter, the Canadians limited Germany to just two points in nearly a six-minute span. Patrick Anderson, of Fergus, Ontario, had his second triple-double of the tournament with 25 points, 15 rebounds, and 12 assists, while Hedges tallied 24 points in the win.

Canada will conclude round robin play in Pool B on Monday September 3rd at 10:45am BST against Colombia – the team that upset them in the semi-final of the 2011 Parapan American Games. Colombia went on to finish second, while Canada settled for bronze.

You can view the boxscore here: http://www.london2012.com/paralympics/wheelchair-basketball/event/men/match=wbm400b10/doc=stats.html

The Canadian Women’s Wheelchair Basketball Team secured its second victory at the London 2012 Paralympic Games with a 65-51 win over Brazil at North Greenwich Arena Sunday. Canada forfeited the lead only once in the opening minutes of the game, and went on to lead by as much as 22 points. Canada led 31-23 at the half, before putting the game out of reach in the fourth quarter. Janet McLachlan, of Vancouver, BC, delivered another monstrous offensive performance with 36 points and 23 rebounds to pick up another double-double.

Canada wraps up the preliminary round against hometown Great Britain Monday September 3rd at 1pm BST at North Greenwich Arena.

You can view the boxscore here: http://www.london2012.com/paralympics/wheelchair-basketball/event/women/match=wbw400a07/index.html?v=20120827-082950220

For more information on Canada’s wheelchair basketball teams at the Paralympic Games, visit www.wheelchairbasketball.ca/London_2012_Paralympic_Games.aspx

About Team Canada:

The Senior Men’s National Team is amongst the top wheelchair basketball teams in the world. The Canadian Men are the defending silver medallists from the 2008 Beijing Paralympic Games. They won back-to-back Paralympic gold medals in 2000 and 2004 and have reached the podium at five of the last six consecutive World Championships.

The Senior Women’s National Team is amongst the most successful and dominant teams in Canadian amateur sport history. The team captured three consecutive Paralympic gold medals in 1992, 1996, and 2000, and bronze in 2004. They have also reached the podium at six consecutive World Championships, winning gold in 1994, 1998, 2002 and 2006, and bronze in 2010.

About Wheelchair Basketball Canada

Wheelchair Basketball Canada is the national sports governing body responsible for the organization of wheelchair basketball in Canada. It is a non-profit, charitable organization that is the Canadian member to the International Wheelchair Basketball Federation (IWBF).

Wheelchair basketball is a fast-paced, hard-hitting, competitive sport that has emerged as one of the most competitive and athletic sports played at the Paralympic Games. Our senior national teams are held in high esteem around the world for the elite skill and control that placed them on the podium with a combined five gold and one silver medal in the last five Paralympic Games.

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