(Halifax, NS) – The Alberta wheelchair basketball team defeated New Brunswick 51-37 on Tuesday to capture their first victory of the 2011 Canada Games. It was also their first victory as a team after going winless at the seeding tournament – the 2010 Junior Nationals.
Alberta fought back from a two point deficit at the end of the first quarter thanks in part to the strong play of Andrew Curtis and Caleb Cyr who scored 15 and 12 points respectively.
The teams were knotted at 33 points heading into the final quarter when Alberta rallied to outscore their opponents 18-4. David Emmerzeal and Allie Haak each collected 10 rebounds in the win.
“We didn’t sink all of our baskets but we certainly generated a lot of chances tonight which is good,” said Alberta head coach Jamie Peers.
“Our first win as a team is really special.”
Sean Wilson claimed a double-double for New Brunswick with 16 points and 10 rebounds.
New Brunswick will square off against PEI at 7:00 PM on Wednesday February 16th, 2011.
Alberta will look to make it two in a row when they face Nova Scotia at 1:00PM on Wednesday.
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