Game 17 Recap – Fredericton Lighting vs. Douglas College Royals
Douglas College Royals – 51 vs. Fredericton Lightning – 38
The Douglas College Royals placed 7th at the 2012 Canadian Wheelchair Basketball League Open Finals in Charlottetown on Sunday, with a 51-38 victory at the Fredericton Lightning.
The Royals concluded the tournament with a 2-3 record while the Lightning were winless in five games. Both teams came out strong to seize the early momentum in the opening quarter in an effort to finish off the weekend with a victory. It was a low-scoring contest, as the Royals and Lightning played tight on the defensive side of the ball. Ultimately, Douglas College capitalized on more of their offensive opportunities to secure the win.
Game 18 Recap – Club ’99 vs. PEI Mustangs
PEI Mustangs – 64 vs. Club ’99 – 56
The host PEI Mustangs concluded their run at the 2012 Canadian Wheelchair Basketball League Open Finals in Charlottetown on a high note, seizing fifth place with a 64-56 win over Club ’99.
It was another close game between the two clubs, who met earlier in the preliminary round with PEI also earning the win in that tilt. With fifth place on the line, both teams started strong and found themselves in a 15-15 deadlock at the end of the opening quarter. The Mustangs turned up the heat from that point onward, while Club ’99 battled to stay within striking distance on the scoreboard. The Mustangs converted on more of their scoring opportunities, shooting 45.8% from the floor compared to 39.7% by Club ’99.
PEI Mustang and former Team Canada player Clary Stubbert and teammate Adam Loo tied for the team lead with 19 points apiece. Blaine Hancock continued his torrid scoring pace with a game-high 36 points for Club ’99.
Saint John Mavericks Win Bronze at 2012 CWBL Open Finals
Saint John Mavericks – 68 vs. Bulldogs de Quebec – 60
The Saint John Mavericks captured the bronze medal at the 2012 Canadian Wheelchair Basketball League (CWBL) Open Finals on Sunday in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island. The Mavericks defeated the Bulldogs de Quebec 68-60 to take third spot on the podium. Quebec placed fourth with the loss.
With a medal up for grabs for the victor, the Mavericks and Bulldogs set a scorching pace in a seesaw opening quarter that ended with the clubs deadlocked at 15 points apiece. The Mavericks shifted the momentum in their favour in the second frame, doubling up on Quebec 16-8 in the quarter for the 31-23 lead at the half. The Bulldogs responded with a solid third quarter performance, narrowing the gap to a mere three points in an attempt at a comeback. The fourth quarter was a tight, physical frame as Quebec managed to erase the earlier deficit and swap the lead with the Mavericks several times. With two minutes left to play, the teams were tied 59-59. The Mavericks offence came through down the stretch as Saint John went on a 9-1 scoring run to end the game and secure the bronze medal. Turnovers proved costly for the Bulldogs, as Saint John tallied 14 points off turnovers.
Bill Hill scored a team-high 22 points for the Mavericks, while Maxime Poulin tallied a game-high 42 for Quebec.
Variety Village Rebels Win Gold at 2012 CWBL Open Finals
Variety Village Rebels – 93 vs. Gladiateurs de Laval – 58
The Variety Village Rebels captured the championship crown at the 2012 Canadian Wheelchair Basketball League Open Finals in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island on Sunday.
The Rebels secured the national title with a 93-58 victory over the Gladiateurs de Laval in the gold medal game, taking home the championship for the second consecutive year.
The championship game saw the tournament’s top two offensive powerhouses clash in a physical contest. Variety Village set the tone early and steadily built up momentum. The Rebels converted on their scoring opportunities and stifled the Laval offence, which had averaged 73.0 points per game through its first four matches.