(Richmond, B.C.) The Edmonton Inferno and Team Quebec are both off to the semi-finals after opening day at the 2014 Canadian Wheelchair Basketball League (CWBL) Women’s National Championship at the Richmond Olympic Oval in Richmond, B.C.
Edmonton and Quebec were both flawless (2-0) in preliminary round play on Friday to capture the top spots in their respective pools.
The defending-champion Edmonton Inferno began its quest for gold with an 86-44 win over Saskatchewan, followed up by a thrilling 71-68 triumph over the B.C. Breakers. Meanwhile, Team Quebec outlasted the Calgary Rollers 59-46 in a tight afternoon contest after defeating Ontario 67-33 earlier in the day.
The hometown B.C. Breakers (1-1) picked up its first win of the tournament with an 81-42 decision over Saskatchewan (0-2). Calgary (1-1) also defeated Ontario (0-2) 71-37 for a spot in the win column.
Action resumes Saturday as the B.C. Breakers will face Ontario at 10 a.m. PT and the Calgary Rollers will meet Saskatchewan at 12 p.m. PT with berths to the semi-finals on the line.
All games will webcast live at www.viasport.ca.
For more information, please visit the tournament website at www.2014cwwbc.com.
About the Canadian Wheelchair Basketball League
The Canadian Wheelchair Basketball League (CWBL) was founded in 1986 and has two primary divisions: the Open division and the Women’s division. The league features wheelchair basketball club teams from across Canada and culminates each season with a national championship for both the Open and Women’s divisions.
The league is fully integrated as both divisions welcome athletes with a disability as well as able-bodied athletes to play in the spirit of competition. It often features some of the country’s best wheelchair basketball players, including past, present and future members of Team Canada.
About British Columbia Wheelchair Basketball Society
BCWBS is a non-profit organization formed in 1983 and registered with Revenue Canada as a charity since 1985. The Society provides support to wheelchair basketball programs throughout British Columbia. For more information, please visit www.bcwbs.ca.
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.