(Halifax, NS) – Team Nova Scotia rallied for it’s first victory of the 2011 Canada Games over Team Prince Edward Island 59-49 that placed the two teams in a three-way tie for second place in Pool A along with Manitoba – all three teams finish the round robin with a 1-2 record.
With a berth into the semi-final (and a chance to reach the podium on the line), the outcome of Pool A was decided in dramatic fashion in the final minutes of the game.
Due to the tournament tie-breaking procedures, PEI narrowly missed placing ahead of Manitoba in the pool. With time dwindling, PEI was forced to throw up some desperation 3 pointers without luck. Had they scored four more points they would have placed second. Instead PEI places third in Pool A, and despite winning the game Nova Scotia finishes fourth in the pool.
Before the game they had a special visit in their team room from Nova Scotia Premiere Darrell Dexter who offered the hometown team some words of encouragement.
“That was pretty exciting. We didn’t expect him to be coming in. He came in, shook all our hands and got us pumped up,” said Nova Scotia player Katy Van Vulpen.
Heading into the game Nova Scotia had an outside chance of capturing the coveted 2A position, but would have had to win the game by a landslide.
“Our plan was just to keep our heads in the game, keep focused. We wanted to come out strong. Our last couple of games were kind of rough,” said Van Vulpen.
“I think we did really well. We came out, we had control of the ball, we were making our shots. Everything was going well.”
The best both Nova Scotia and PEI can now finish in the tournament is 5th place.
3A – PEI finishes the preliminary round with a record of (1-2) and will play its next game against 3B (TBD) Wednesday February 16 at 11:00AM.
4A – Nova Scotia (1-2) will face 4B (TBD) Wednesday February 16 at 1:00PM TBD.
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