(Toronto, Ont.) The host Canadians have advanced to the quarter-finals at the 2017 Men’s U23 World Wheelchair Basketball Championship and will take on Japan on Wednesday at the Mattamy Athletic Centre in dowtown Toronto.
Australia, France, Germany, Great Britain, Iran and undefeated Turkey also advanced to the quarter-finals after the conclusion of preliminary round play.
Brésil 37 Canada 62
Canada improved their record to 3-2 in their final game of preliminary action at the 2017 Men’s U23 World Wheelchair Basketball Championship with a convincing 62-37 win against Brazil.
A slow start for the teams saw a low scoring first quarter, with Canada ahead by only four points going into the second. After finding some momentum with an eight point run led by Liam Hickey, the host team hit their offensive stride and left the Brazilians behind. Canada improved their shooting from their loss the day before, shooting 54 per cent.
Hickey discussed the game and what comes next for Canada, “I think it was kind of a slow start for us, we wanted better and I think that’s what we came out and did in the second half. We’re all happy that we finished strong and everyone played a great game. I think we’re just focused on the next game now so no matter who we’re up against we’re going to come at them hard. We’re going to forget about this one, take the positives and the negatives that we have to work on and go into the next one strong.”
Canada’s Hickey tallied the game-high 24 points with 11 rebounds to make it a double double. Ben Moronchuk also contributed a double double for Canada with 23 points and 10 rebounds. Anderson da Silva took the team-high 17 points for the Brazilian side.
About the Event
Wheelchair Basketball Canada is pleased to host the top junior male wheelchair basketball players on the planet from June 8-16, 2017 for the International Wheelchair Basketball Federation (IWBF) Men’s U23 World Wheelchair Basketball Championship.
World-class athletes representing 12 nations, including host Canada, will converge at the Mattamy Athletic Centre in downtown Toronto to showcase the elite skill and athleticism that make wheelchair basketball a thrilling spectator sport and one of the most popular sports for athletes with a disability in the world. Over 400 athletes, coaches, officials, delegates, and volunteers will attend the event.
Team Canada is in pursuit of a return to the top of the podium, having won back-to-back gold medals at the world championship for junior men in 1997 and 2001. Most recently, Canada placed sixth at the last world championship for junior men in 2013.
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