(Halifax, NS) – The Saskatchewan wheelchair basketball team defeated Manitoba 58-56 Thursday to win bronze in front of a capacity crowd at the 2011 Canada Games in Halifax, Nova Scotia.
Nikola Goncin (photo attached) paced the floor with 35 points and was instrumental in the final 30 seconds of the game when he stole the ball twice preventing Manitoba from getting the opportunity to score the tying basket that would have sent the game into overtime. He also had team-high 12 rebounds and 5 assists.
Manitoba got into foul trouble late in the game, which sent Saskatchewan’s Adam Bryant to the free throw line four times in the final two minutes. He successfully hit 8-for-13 on the game to finish with 18 points and 12 rebounds.
Aaron Moseley-Williams was Manitoba’s high scorer with 19 points and a game-high 22 rebounds.
The gold medal game between the two-time defending champions from Quebec and Ontario starts at 7:00PM (ATL).
Earlier in the day, Nova Scotia clinched fifth place with a 65-52 win over British Columbia – their best ever finish at the Canada Games. Nova Scotia came into the tournament seeded sixth.
Nine of the athletes that participated in the tournament were recently named to Canada’s first-ever Women’s U25 National Team (Helaina Cyr-AB, Alarissa Haak-AB, Stephanie Park-BC, Jamey Jewells-NS, Abby Stubbert-NS, Tamara Steeves-ON, Maude Jacques-QC, Ashley Baerg-SK, and Gabrielle Roberts-Winter-SK).
The inaugural Women’s U25 World Wheelchair Basketball Championships will be held July 15-23, 201 at Brock University in St. Catharines, Ontario.