(Halifax, NS) – The final match-up of the opening day of wheelchair basketball competition at the 2011 Canada Games saw Team BC narrowly defeat Team New Brunswick 64-57.
The game’s only significant lead came in the final moments as the 7 point differential BC established with their final basket was the also the game’s largest spread. This followed an entire game’s worth of shifts that saw the score tied a dozen times and the lead exchanged on 15 different occasions.
For BC it was Deion Green setting the pace with 23 points (including a pair of 3-pointers), while 2010 Wheelchair Basketball Canada Junior Player of the Year Avril Harris picked up a double-double by scoring 16 points and 11 rebounds. He also led all players with 6 assists.
It was a tough one. It was our second game of the day. You can’t take anyone lightly, said Team BC head coach Cheryl Corrigan. “We had some difficulties with focus, but once again Avril, Derek and Deion brought us through. A long game, a tough one, but we’re looking forward to a rest tomorrow.”
New Brunswick had both of the game’s top offensive threats with Kyle Kingsley earning the game’s top scorer with 27 points and 16 rebounds – good enough for the double-double. Sean Wilson wasn’t far behind with a 24 point effort.
“The game went pretty well. They did everything they were supposed to do. We had unfortunately some baskets that didn’t go in, some easy bunnies we should have got. We’re going back to the locker room and draw it up and see what we can do for next game,” said Team New Brunswick head coach Robin Doucet.
#9 New Brunswick (0-1) will play there next game against #5 Saskatchewan (0-1) Monday February 14 at 1:00PM.
#4 BC (2-0) will face #1 Quebec (1-0) Monday February 14 at 7:00PM.
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