(Halifax, NS) – Wheelchair basketball at the 2011 Canada Games is in full swing at Citadel High School in Halifax with #4 Team BC ousting #8 Team Alberta 61-56 in a battle of the West that set the tone for the rest of the day’s competition. In front of a crowd of friends and family dressed up in team colours and waving flags and pom-poms, the two teams traded leads in a close, intenHease game that impressed fans.
Though considered the underdogs, Team Alberta jumped out to an early lead thanks to the scoring of Allie Haak and Andrew Curtis. Team BC had some trouble finishing shots and keeping the big players out of scoring position, but were kept in the game by the leadership of Avril Harris. At halftime, Alberta was up 31 to 25.
BC coach Cheryl Corrigan used the halftime break to refocus her team. Their press helped them to force some turnovers and the hot hand of Deion Green — who hit two three-pointers and scored 16 of his game high 22 points in the second half — soon found them in command of the game. Green also led the game with 8 assists.
Though Alberta mounted a tenacious comeback, they ran out of time and BC claimed a 61 – 56 victory.
“Today we gave it our best,” said BC co-captain and Prince George native Avril Harris. “The first quarter we had to warm up a bit and they got a bit ahead. In the second half we kept up our intensity and we started hitting our shots.”
Harris finished the game with a double-double scoring 15 points and collecting 10 rebounds.
After the game, Alberta coach Jaime Peers praised his young team’s efforts. “I was very impressed with our team today,” he said. “We came in as big underdogs certainly in everyone else’s mind, but from our perspective we knew what we were capable of and for the most part we achieved our game plan.”
Alberta’s offense was paced by Andrew Curtis who scored a team high 17 points and had 7 assists.
According to BC assistant coach Ross MacDonald, Team BC will look to build on the momentum create by today’s win. “Definitely the main focus [for the next game] will be stronger starts,” he said. “We’ll be a bit more comfortable for our second game hopefully.”
#8 Alberta (0-1) will play there next game against #1 Quebec Monday February 14 at 11:00AM.
#4 BC (1-0) will face #9 New Brunswick later today (Sunday February 13) at 7:00PM.
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