(Red Deer, Alberta) Top seed and host Alberta and dark horse Ontario will battle for the gold medal in wheelchair basketball at 7 p.m. MST on Thursday at the 2019 Canada Winter Games in Red Deer, Alta.
Quebec and New Brunswick will be vying for the bronze medal at 5 p.m. MST Thursday. The medal games will take place at the Gary W Harris Canada Games Centre.
The powerhouse Alberta team remained the only undefeated team at Canada Games with a 56-37 win over New Brunswick in the semifinals. Bradon Doll of Camrose once again led the Alberta attack with one assist short of a triple double, finishing with 26 points, 14 rebounds, and 9 assists.
Ontario was victorious in a heated semifinal match with rival Quebec in front of a packed crowd. Both teams came out with guns blazing, exchanging leads throughout the game. In a huge upset, Ontario pulled ahead for the 48-46 win in the end.
The emotion and energy coming from the Ontario bench was electric after ending Quebec’s 24-game winning streak at the Canada Games, dating back to 2003.
“It feels amazing right now!” said St. Marys native Eric Voss, captain of Team Ontario. “It was such a big game. Quebec and Ontario are rival teams and Quebec is such a great team. Everyone on Team Ontario played at their best and everyone stayed composed until the end. It was a great game!”
Voss says as long as Ontario sticks to their game plan, they’ll give Alberta a run for its money in the final.
Alberta and Ontario collided in round robin action in one of the most heated and closest matches of the tournament, where Alberta pulled ahead by five points in the end. Ontario will be looking to draw even in a rematch that is sure to be an epic battle.
In the consolation playoffs, Saskatchewan topped British Columbia 58-50, Manitoba defeated Newfoundland 47-22, and Saskatchewan edged Nova Scotia 65-41. The teams will continue consolation play Thursday to determine fifth through ninth place.
Wheelchair basketball is one of the top draws on the program in Red Deer, as the elite skill and athleticism on display makes for a highly competitive and captivating spectator sport. The competition also showcases the inclusivity of wheelchair basketball, as both able-bodied athletes and athletes with a disability compete together on a level playing field.
The Canada Games are a milestone in the continued development of the next generation of Canadian national, world and Paralympic champions in wheelchair basketball. The competition features current and future members of the Canadian national team program, including hopefuls to represent Canada at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympics and beyond.
Schedule and Results
The complete tournament schedule and results are available here.
Games are webcast live through the official Canada Games web portal at canadagames.live/wheelchair-basketball.
About the 2019 Canada Winter Games
From February 15 until March 3, 2019, the eyes of the nation are on Red Deer, Alberta at the 2019 Canada Winter Games – the largest multi-sport and cultural event for youth in Canada and the largest event to be hosted in Red Deer’s history. Featuring over 150 events in 19 sports and a major arts and cultural festival, the 2019 Canada Winter Games welcomes up to 3,600 athletes, managers and coaches and more than 100,000 spectators, with a significant forecasted economic impact. The 27th edition of the Canada Games, the 2019 Games is set to provide a stage for Canada’s next generation of national, international, Olympic and Paralympic champions to compete and leave a legacy for athletic and leadership greatness in Red Deer and central Alberta. For more information on the 2019 Games, please visit canadagames.ca/2019.
About Wheelchair Basketball Canada
Wheelchair Basketball Canada is the national sport governing body responsible for the organization of the sport in Canada. It is a non-profit, charitable organization that is committed to excellence in the development, support and promotion of wheelchair basketball programs and services for all Canadians from grassroots to high performance. Wheelchair basketball is a fast-paced, hard-hitting, competitive sport in which Canada is held in high esteem around the world for winning a combined six gold, one silver, and one bronze medal in the last seven Paralympic Games.