(Halifax, NS) – There was no place like home for Team Nova Scotia on Wednesday afternoon as it defeated Team Alberta 77-55 in a hard fought battle to capture its second win of the 2011 Canada Games.
Both teams came out strong in the first quarter with Nova Scotia holding a slight advantage 17-14 by the end of the frame.
The hometown team carried momentum over to the second quarter and opened an offensive flood gate in which it outscored Alberta 22-6. Nova Scotia shot an outstanding 50% from the field over the course of the game and capitalized with 37 points off of Alberta turnovers.
The Alberta squad started the game with a lot of intensity but could not make shots count in the first half. The players bounced back in the latter half of the game shooting 17-for-30 from the floor while the bench scored 35 points throughout the game.
Chris Wade had an outstanding outing for Nova Scotia, notching 36 points and 14 rebounds to pick up the double-double. Teammate James Peake chimed in with 18 points and 10 rebounds for another double-double while Abby Stubbert also had a strong game with 10 points for Nova Scotia.
“I think it went really well. We pressed them the whole game, came out with a lot of energy. Tried to get a lot of steals and fast-break points. The crowd was awesome. They kept us up, kept the energy up and never let us down,” said Wade.
Ben Moronchuk scored a team high 18 points and 9 assists for Alberta. Becca MacMillan and David Emmerzeal each had 10 points in the contest. Emmerzeal added 10 rebounds as well.
“We had some good parts and some bad parts. Sometimes we got a good press, good ball movement on offense, that’s a key one, and our defense had some good points and some bad points. We work together a lot more. At the start of the tournament, we were playing a lot of one-on-ones, but now we’re playing as a team,” said Moronchuk.
Nova Scotia and Alberta will each play one more game to determine their final standing in the tournament.
#6 Nova Scotia (2-2) will play its next placement game against #4 British Columbia (2-3) Thursday February 17 at 11:00AM.
#8 Alberta (1-4) will face #7 Prince Edward Island (2-2) Thursday February 17 at 1:00PM.
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