(Halifax, NS) – Number one seeded Team Quebec outscored their opponents from Saskatchewan 27-6 in the first quarter on route to a 74-34 victory. With the win the two-time defending champions improve to 1-0 and look poised to remain the team to beat in the tournament.
Quebec’s Carl Pelletier paced the floor with 23 points and 10 rebounds to claim his first double-double of the tournament. He shot an outstanding 11-for-17 from the field and amassed his totals in just 22:54 minutes of playing time. 2010 Junior National Wheelchair Basketball Championships MVP Maxime Poulin finished with 16 points and a game-high 9 assists and 5 steals.
“It started very well with our starting five,” said Quebec head coach Marc Antoine Ducharme. “They did very well at stopping the two biggest threats on the other team. We made a point of playing strong defense and they did do that and always had someone as an outlet to pick up one of the two strong threats. Their picks and seals were very good, so the game overall was very good.”
Quebec held Saskatchewan to just 26.1% shooting from the field. Thanks to some stifling defense they managed to score almost half their total points (34 points) off turnovers.
“You know, it was the first game of the tournament. We were expecting a tough game from Quebec and that’s what they gave us. But we can put it behind us now and move forward with it. We’ve got some more games to make up and the team actually felt pretty positive about it at the end since they realized that we did some positive stuff out there,” said Saskatchewan head coach Stewart McKeon.
Saskatchewan was led offensively by Adam Bryant’s 8 points, while Nikola Goncin contributed 6 points and led all players with 11 rebounds. Goncin also had 7 assists.
“This game went pretty well for us despite the score. I think we showed a lot of composure and there’s a lot of thing we can build on as a team,” said Saskatchewan player Gabby Roberts-Winter.
#5 Saskatchewan (0-1) will play there next game against #9 New Brunswick Monday February 14 at 1:00PM.
#1 Quebec (1-0) will face #8 Alberta (0-1) Monday February 14 at 11:00AM.
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