Canadian Men’s Wheelchair Basketball Team Wins Silver Medal at 2013 Kitakyushu Champions Cup

Nik Goncin(Kitakyushu, Japan) The Canadian Men’s Wheelchair Basketball Team won the silver medal at the 2013 Kitakyushu Champions Cup following a 68-47 loss to rival Australia in the championship game on Sunday.

The rematch of the London 2012 Paralympic Games final proved to be a very physical contest. Canada came out strong against the Aussies to seize the early edge, 17-14, after the opening quarter. Australia responded in the second frame by going on a run to eclipse the Canadian lead and take a 29-25 advantage into halftime. The trend continued in the latter half of the match and Canada opted to get all of its players into the game.

Patrick Anderson, of Fergus, Ont., led Team Canada with 20 points. Teammate Nik Goncin, of Regina, Sask., finished with 13 points.

The international tournament featured friendly matches between Canada, Australia, Korea and host Japan.

Canada went undefeated with a 3-0 record in the preliminary round of the tournament, including a pair of single-point victories over Australia (53-52) and Japan (62-61). Canada also defeated Korea by a score of 68-49.

The Kitakyushu Champions Cup was the final tournament of 2013 for Team Canada.

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