Wheelchair Basketball – Team Ontario 71 – Team PEI 54

Ontario's Dayton Sopha attempts a pass against Team PEI in wheelchair basketball action at the 2011 Canada Games in Halifax

(Halifax, NS) – In a game that saw neither team shoot particularly well in terms of accuracy #2 Team Ontario and #7 Team Prince Edward Island managed to nonetheless put on an exciting show that ended 71-54 in favour of Ontario.

Overall Ontario shot 39.5% from the field, slightly better than PEI’s team shooting of 33.8%.

Two offensive juggernauts in Dayton Sopha and Adam Loo kept the crowd on the edge of their seats with an impressive outing that saw each player net 20 points. The two go-to players were involved in nearly every play at both ends of the court, which made for an exciting back-and-forth match.

Sopha’s top notch skilled also spurred him to tally 20 rebounds and 11 assists (his first triple-triple of the tournament). Three other Ontario players also hit double-digit scoring with Jesse McNalley, Shayne Smith, and Kevin Wakeling all contributing 10 points in the win.

Dayton’s sister and fellow Team Ontario player Cheyenne Edwards-Sopha called playing in the Canada Games a once in a lifetime experience. “It means a lot to me to be here, especially with this unit because we’re never going to have this unit together again. It means a lot.”

Nova Scotia’s Kevin MacLeod put up a double-double with 15 points and 13 rebounds, while Jeremy Watts chipped in 12 points.

“We had a rough start and we kind of got down on ourselves, but after the halftime we really started to pick it up. We played as a team and started to gel and we started to come back a bit on them,” said MacCloud.

With the win Ontario improves their tournament record to (2-0) while PEI now sits in the middle of the pack with a record of (1-1).

“The next game’s a big one and we’ve got to win it. We know we can if we play smart. If we play like we did the second half here, we’re going to be able to do this one. We’re going to beat them and show the rest of the nation that Prince Edward Island knows how to play wheelchair basketball like the rest of them,” said Team PEI player Adam Bolan.

Next Games:

#7 PEI (1-1) will play its next game against #6 Nova Scotia (0-2) Tuesday February 15 at 3:00PM.

#2 Ontario (2-0) will face #3 Manitoba (1-1) Tuesday February 15 at 11:00AM.

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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