Men’s Wheelchair Basketball Team to Play for Gold

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LONDON, UK (ISN) – Canada will be taking on arch-rivals Australia for the Paralympic gold medal in a rematch of the 2008 Paralympic wheelchair basketball finals after defeating Great Britain 69-52 in the semi-final on Thursday.

Fergus, Ontario’s Patrick Anderson led a spirited Canadian offence, falling one rebound short of a triple-double (17 points, 11 assists, and nine rebounds). Joey Johnson, of Winnipeg, Manitoba, bolstered the Canadian attack with 15 points and 14 rebounds, while Wonowon, BC’s Bo Hedges chipped in with 12 points.

The first two quarters were evenly matched, as the determined British team stifled Canada’s shooting – the Canucks shot just 38% from the floor in the first two frames, but were still able to take a 33-27 lead into halftime.

Canada then began to pull away in the third quarter, outscoring Great Britain 24-10, sealing the victory in the fourth.

The gold medal match vs Australia, who edged Canada 72-60 for the 2008 Paralympic gold medal, will be Saturday September 8th at 9:15pm BST.

You can view the boxscore here: http://www.london2012.com/paralympics/wheelchair-basketball/event/men/match=wbm400202/index.html 

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

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