(Halifax, NS) – Team Saskatchewan broke out to an early lead in the first quarter and never looked back as they defeated Team Alberta 55-34 to open Day 3 of wheelchair basketball competition at the 2011 Canada Games.
Saskatchewan started very strong, establishing an 18-8 lead at the end of the first quarter. Alberta battled back in a close second frame, scoring 6 points to Saskatchewan’s 7 points. In the second half, the Saskatchewan shooters found their marks going 12-for-31 from the field.
Saskatchewan sharp shooter Nikola Goncin continued his torrid pace scoring a game-high 30 points and 11 rebounds to capture his second double-double in as many days. He also shot 66.7% from three point range, converting on 4 of 6 attempts.
Adam Bryant had another strong showing for Saskatchewan with 10 points, 7 rebounds and 9 steals, while Gabby Roberts-Winter, Kyran Miller, and Evan Fenrich chimed in with 4 points each.
“For the beginning of the tournament we’ve been coming out slow. We needed to come out with some intensity and we did that,” said Team Saskatchewan player Jaime Lammerding. “It dragged a little at the end but I think we came out with the win and that’s what our main goal was coming in to this game.”
Ben Moronchuk and Andrew Curtis each had a team-high 9 points for Alberta. Curtis added 9 rebounds as well. Becca MacMillan with 6 points and Adam Reid with 2 points also scored for Alberta.
“We’re a young team. We tried hard,” said Team Alberta player David Emmerzeal, who played a solid game off the bench with 8 points and 9 rebounds.
Saskatchewan improved its record to 2-1 while Alberta dropped its record to 0-3. Both teams will play one more game to close out round robin competition.
#5 Saskatchewan (2-1) will play its next game against #4 BC (2-1) Tuesday February 15 at 5:00PM.
#8 Alberta (0-3) will face #9 New Brunswick (0-2) Tuesday February 15 at 7:00PM.
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