Canada secures first win against Turkey, United States improves to 2-0 at Toronto Challenge

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The USA improved to 2-0 at the Toronto Challenge on Saturday night, while the Canadians picked up their first win in the men’s wheelchair basketball competition at the Mattamy Athletic Centre.

Canada and Turkey began the second day of exhibition games with a tight match. Turkey held the lead throughout the game until the Canadians found a final push to take the lead in the last minute of the fourth quarter, bringing the game into overtime. Canada ultimately pulled out ahead claiming a 71-68 win with Nik Goncin producing 25 points for the hometown team while Ozgar Gurbulak paced the Turkey offense with 17 points.

In the second match of the night the United States outlasted Great Britain for a 57-49 win. Matt Scott led American players with 13 points and Great Britain’s Simon Munn led his team with 16 points.

Turkey will take on the undefeated United States at 6:15 p.m. ET on Sunday, while Canada and Great Britain will tip off at 8:15 p.m. ET. Action continues through to Tuesday at the Mattamy Athletic Centre. All games are open to the public.

Toronto Challenge – Schedule and Results

 

About Team Canada

The Senior Men’s National Team went undefeated at the London 2012 Paralympics to capture their third gold medal in four Paralympic Games. It is the latest accomplishment in a sport dynasty that has placed them on the podium at four consecutive Paralympics and at five of the last six world championships.

About Wheelchair Basketball Canada

Wheelchair Basketball Canada is the national sports 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 six Paralympic Games.

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