(Halifax, NS) – The Nova Scotia wheelchair basketball team defeated British Columbia 65-52 Thursday to clinch 5th place – their best-ever finish at the Canada Games.
They will play their final game of the tournament against New Brunswick today at 3:00PM (ATL)
Nova Scotia finished 8th at the 1995 Canada Games, but did not participate in the 1999, 2003, or 2007 tournaments.
James Peake scored a game-high 22 points and 12 rebounds in the victory. Abby Stubbert (photo attached) scored 20 points, 9 rebounds, and 10 assists (just one rebound shy of a triple-triple). Chris Wade led all players with 19 rebounds and added 17 points.
“This is a huge deal for us and I am extremely proud of the way we played. We not only improved on our previous Canada Games record, but to also on our record at the seeding tournament coming in, which is fantastic. It is a testament to how hard the players worked to build this team and compete at this level,” said Nova Scotia Assistant Coach Christina Swett.
British Columbia was led by Avril Harris who scored 18 points and 8 assists. He finishes the tournament with 92 points in 6 games. Deion Green and Erik Vliegenthart scored 13 apeice in the game. Vliegenthart also added a team leading 9 assists in the game to finish the tournament with 59.
The gold medal match will feature the two-time defending champions from Quebec taking on their Eastern Canada rival Ontario today at 7:00PM (ATL).
The bronze medal match between Manitoba and Saskatchewan will take place at 5:00PM (ATL).
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