(Red Deer, Alberta) New Brunswick and British Columbia improved their records with their first wins of the tournament at the 2019 Canada Winter Games in Red Deer, Alta., while Quebec and Alberta remained undefeated on the second day of wheelchair basketball action at the Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre.
After a thrilling first game of the day, New Brunswick defeated Saskatchewan 56-40. Jacob Fudge of Saint John was a force on the hardcourt, leading Team New Brunswick with 20 points, 11 rebounds, 2 assists, and 3 steals.
Ontario picked up their second win of the tournament with a 65-23 win over Newfoundland. Later in the day, Ontario took on hosts Alberta in one of the closest games of the tournament thus far. The crowd was going absolutely wild in this seesaw battle between the two provinces, but Alberta pulled through in the end for the win, 59-54. Bradon Doll of Camrose was putting on quite the show for the crowd, finishing with 29 points, 11 rebounds, 4 assists and 3 steals while Aaron McDonald of Paris, Ont. led all Team Ontario players with 26 points, 10 rebounds, 1 assist, and 3 steals.
Quebec continued their winning streak with a win over Manitoba, 67-34. This is the twenty-third consecutive win for Quebec at Canada Games dating back to 2003.
British Columbia claimed their first victory at Canada Games with a 66-33 win over Nova Scotia. Gabe Harrison of Pender Island and Tanner Jung of Langley were the top point producers for Team BC with 16 points apiece.
“It felt good to get our first win at Canada Winter Games,” said Prince George native and co-captain of Team BC, Joel Ewert. “It felt equally as good to execute our game plan. We did a lot of awesome things today that will help us progress as the tournament goes on.”
The wheelchair basketball action continues on Tuesday with more round robin games. The semifinals are set for Wednesday at 3 p.m. MST and 5 p.m. MST, while the medal games take place on Thursday at 5 p.m. MST and 7 p.m. MST.
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.
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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, with the exception of the February 19 Quebec VS Saskatchewan; and Ontario VS BC games which will be broadcasted on TSN at 7:30pm MST.
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.