Wheelchair Basketball – Team Saskatchewan 71 – Team New Brunswick 38

A Team New Brunswick player falls over Nikola Goncin of Team Saskatchewan in Wheelchair Basketball action at the 2011 Canada Games in Halifax

(Halifax, NS) – (Halifax, NS) – Team Saskatchewan bounced back from an opening day loss and secured its first victory of the 2011 Canada Games with a 71-38 win over Team New Brunswick.

Saskatchewan emerged with a narrow 13-11 lead at the end of the first quarter. As the game unfolded, New Brunswick could not match the speed and offensive attack of the opponent. Saskatchewan played a strong transition game, capitalizing with 22 points off of turnovers compared to 3 points by New Brunswick.

Canadian Junior National Team player Nikola Goncin led the way for Saskatchewan with 35 points and 15 rebounds to earn the triple-double in just under 34 minutes of action. Adam Bryant followed up with 10 points and 10 rebounds for the double-double, to go along with a game-high 8 assists.

“I think we played really well,” said Team Saskatchewan assistant coach Joelle Buckle. “We started off a little slow but the intensity picked up after the first quarter…We forced a lot of turnovers on the other team and it lead to more shots for us.”

New Brunswick’s Sean Wilson and Kyle Kingsley were the offensive catalysts for their squad for the second consecutive game. Each finished with a double-double. Wilson scored a team-high 15 points and 10 rebounds while Kingsley hit the scoreboard with 10 points, 12 rebounds and 5 assists.

“The game today…their speed overcame ours and turnovers were too hard for us,” said Team New Brunswick assistant coach Rob Douchette. “We couldn’t break the press. They’re a very focused, dedicated team. Our new focus is to keep our composure.”

Next Games:

#5 Saskatchewan (1-1) will play its next game against #8 Alberta (0-2) Tuesday February 15 at 9:00AM.

#9 New Brunswick (0-2) will face #1 Quebec (2-0) Tuesday February 15 at 1:00PM.

For more information, please visit www.canadagames2011.ca or  www.wheelchairbasketball.ca, follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/WCBballCanada or visit us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/wheelchairbasketball

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