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Canadian Sr. Men's National Wheelchair Basketball Team Wins Gold at 2011 BT Paralympic World Cup

 

David Eng
 David Eng - Team Canada

(Manchester, UK) The Canadian Men’s National Wheelchair Basketball Team won gold at the 2011 Paralympic Cup held May 23-28, 2011 in Manchester, UK, by defeating France 56-46 in the Championship game.

Canada stormed out of the gates and outscored France 21-6 in the opening frame of the championship match and never looked back. France rallied to narrow the gap on the scoreboard, but Canada denied the comeback with solid two-way play. David Eng dropped a game-high 14 points, followed closely by Patrick Anderson, who tallied 12 points for the Canucks.

Canada wrapped up the competition with an overall win-loss record of 3-1.The team’s lone defeat came at the hands of France in preliminary play, but the Canadians took revenge in a timely fashion to seize the gold medal. Canada also captured victories against Brazil and the defending champions from Great Britain in the preliminary round.

The Canadian Men have reached the podium in each of their four appearances at the Paralympic World Cup. Their medal count now stands at three gold and one silver.  

The Canadian Women finished fourth after a 55-44 loss to Japan in the bronze medal contest.

The tournament served as a warm-up event for the 2011 Parapan American Games (November 12-20) where both the Canadian Men and Women will compete for a spot at the 2012 Paralympic Games in London.

 

Bowesy's Bulletin - A Game Recap by Program Coach Paul Bowes

We lost to France in the round robin and have learned from the video secured from that game. Christian “Videotron” LaSerra has worked hard on the video compiled by Paul Zachau all week and has prepared the team on what will be coming in today’s games. Coaches Darrell Nordell and Jerry Tonello put together our strongest line-ups of the tournament and settled on what they would like to see happen on the court. With medical magician Brett Nagata on the sidelines, expertly fixing shoulders and cut hands, we are fully prepared to meet our French opponents.

Our starting line up of David Eng, Abdi Dini Fatah, Pat Anderson, Richard Peter and Chad Jassman win the tap and immediately get the ball to Richard Peter who converts the points of the game to lead 2 – 0. With David Eng continuing our good start with two free throws, a Pat Anderson layup and another two foul shots coming from the claws of Richard Peter, we had established a 12 – 2 lead halfway through the first quarter.

Our defence was stifling holding Sofyane Mehiaoui to zero points and taking away his 3 point shooting game.

With three minutes left in the quarter, Joe Johnson, Dave Durepos and Bo Hedges enter the game. Richard Peter continues his hot hand and Durepos adds his smooth shot into the mix to vault Canada to a 21 – 6 lead at the end of the first quarter.

France is equal to the test and come out with a four point run and their own momentum swing of nine points to cut the lead to 24 – 18. Adam Lancia and Brandon Wagner stop the French run and Lancia and Durepos trade baskets with the opposition. David Eng converts a great pass in the paint, makes the shot and the free throw to take Canada into the locker room (makeshift squash courts) with a 31 – 22 lead.

The third quarter starts with Johnson, Anderson, Peter, Dini and Jassman converting the first points of the quarter when Anderson hits his lay up to restore the double digit lead. Mehiaoui can’t be held off the board forever and hits his requisite three pointer to cut our lead to 8 points. However the Canadian veterans were not about to have a ground hog day like our first day, and go to work at both ends of the court, taking a 14 – 5 scoring run culminated by an Yvon Rouillard 2 + 1 conversion leaving the French well behind to end the third quarter, trailing 47 – 31.

Mik Poulin enters in the fourth quarter playing alongside Anderson, Hedges, Wagner and Rouillard. The French are extremely good shooters and if left open can hurt you in a matter of minutes. They strike for seven quick points but the Canadian defence denies any further momentum swings when Adam Lancia scores four points, two from the field and two from the line to secure 56-46 victory and a gold medal.

Our foul shooting was very good at 76% on 16/21 from the line. David Eng led the way with 14 points while Anderson finished with 12 and Richard Peter 9.

Thanks to all the volunteers and sponsors at the BT Paralympic World Cup. Once again they have provided our team with fantastic competition, facilities, accommodation and hospitality.

We are now off to Mulhouse France for a tournament with France, Israel and South Africa.

-- Bowesy 
 

About the BT Paralympic World Cup

The BT Paralympic World Cup tournament is a world class multi-sport disability event for elite international athletes, bridging the gap between the Paralympic Games held every four years.

The tournament features several of the top wheelchair basketball teams in the world as they represent their respective global regions and compete for both their individual sport trophies and for the overall BT Paralympic Cup Trophy, which will be awarded to the region with the most accumulative points from each discipline.