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Canadian Women Win 2010 BT Paralympic Cup; Men Claim Silver

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Canada's Janet McLachlan scored a game high 24 points and 16 rebounds

(Manchester, UK) The Canadian Women’s National Wheelchair Basketball Teams won gold at the 2010 Paralympic Cup held May 27-30, 2010 in Manchester, UK by handily defeating the Netherlands 62-46 in the Championship game and finish the tournament undefeated. The Canadian Men claim silver after falling to host Great Britain 53-42 in the men’s final Sunday.

The tournament serves as a warm-up event for the 2010 World Wheelchair Basketball Championships (July 5-17, 2010) where both the Canadian Men and Women will be defending their Gold Medals and dual World Champions Title.

The Canadian Women, competing in the tournament for the first time, won the Paralympic Cup Championship in dominant fashion outscoring their opponents 242-163 through four games. Their closest game came in the final against the Netherlands, a match they ultimately won by 16 points. However the Dutch battled hard and despite trailing by 17 points going into the fourth quarter they managed to narrow the deficit to just 4 points midway through the frame. Thanks to some timely juggling of the lineups by Women’s Head Coach Bill Johnson, the Canadians re-established a comfortable double-digit lead in the final minutes of the game. 

Canada’s Janet McLachlan (Vancouver, BC) continued to score a torrid pace putting up MVP like numbers. Once again she led all players offensively and for the fourth straight game claimed a double-double with a 24 point, 16 rebound, performance. She also tallied 7 assists, 2 steals, and 3 blocks (all game-highs). McLachlan finishes the tournament averaging an impressive 24 points per game and just over 16 rebounds per game.  Tara Feser (St. Albert, AB) had 12 points and 7 rebounds, while Tracey Ferguson (Holland Landing, ON) pitched in with 10 points and 4 assists.

The two teams appeared evenly matched in the first half where they exchanged leads six times. It wasn’t until the final minute of the half that back-to-back assists from Ferguson setup baskets from Feser and McLachlan that finally put Canada ahead for good.

Canada out-rebounded the Netherlands 39-29 and had 19 total assists compared to their 8 assists.

The Canadian Men take home silver after losing to 53-42 Great Britain in the final. They have now made three appearances in the tournament and reached the podium each time (having won it in 2006 and 2007).  This time around they simply could not match the intensity and offensive punch of the host country who handed them both of their losses in the tournament.

Great Britain’s John Pollock setup a play with 2:26 remaining in the first quarter to give his team a single point lead that they refused to relinquish for the remainder of the game. Thanks in part to superior shooting accuracy from the field (47% overall) compared to Canada’s (27%) Great Britain continued to increase the point differential.  By halftime Canada only managed to sink 6 of their 31 shots from the field and trailed 24-16. The lead swelled to as much as 17 points in the fourth quarter and Canada simply could not climb out of the whole.

David Eng (Montreal, QC) was a bright spot for Canada and one of the few Canadian to hit his mark with consistency (63% from the field). He scored a team high 13 points including three shots from beyond the arc. He also snagged 2 steals in the loss. Richard Peter (Vancouver, BC) finished with 9 points and 6 rebounds.

Final Day Results:

Women Bronze Medal Game: Australia def. Great Britain 59-24

Men Bronze Medal Game: Australia def. Italy 65-32

Women’s Final: Canada def. Netherlands 62-46

Men’s Final: Great Britain def. Canada 53-42

Day 3 Results:

Women: Canada def. Netherlands 66-45

Men: Canada  def. Italy 52-48

Women: Australia def. Great Britain 56-28

Men: Australia def. Great Britain – 68-50

Day 2 Results:

Men: Canada def. Great Britain 66-44

Women: Netherlands def. Great Britain 51-24

Women: Canada def. Australia 58-42

Men: Italy def. Australia 54-43

Day 1 Results:

Women: Australia def. Netherlands 43-42

Men: Canada def. Australia 39-36

Women: Canada def. Great Britain 56-30

Men: Great Britain def. Italy 57-37

About the tournament:

The BT Paralympic World Cup tournament is a world class multi-sport disability event for elite international athletes, bridging the gab between the Paralympic Games held every four years. In conjunction with the International Paralympic Committee and Paralympics, four sports – Athletics, Swimming, Track Cycling, and Wheelchair Basketball have been staged each year in Manchester, UK since the tournament’s inception in 2005.

It features several of the top ranked wheelchair basketball teams in the world representing their respective global regions and competing for both their individual sport trophies, and for the first time the inaugural overall BT Paralympic Cup Trophy which will be awarded to the region with most accumulative points from each discipline.