Canada takes third at men’s wheelchair basketball Ottawa Invitational

Canadian Paralympic Committee

May 21, 2023

Next stop Dubai for worlds


OTTAWA – Team Canada concluded its final tune-up before next month’s world championships with a 63-47 loss to the Netherlands at the Ottawa Invitational men’s wheelchair basketball tournament on Sunday afternoon. 

The Canadians posted two wins and three losses.

Patrick Anderson of Fergus, Ont., and Bo Hedges of Wonowon, B.C., each had 10 points for the Canadians while Nik Goncin of Regina and Lee Melymick of Toronto contributed nine points apiece.

“On the whole, our effort was there, and our fight was there, but our execution wasn’t where it needs to be in a couple of weeks in Dubai,” said Anderson referring to the location of the worlds June 9-20. “I think overall, a step forward, but we need to go home and work on some things and then hit the ground running once we get to Italy for staging.”

Gijs Even led the way for the Netherlands with a game-high 18 points. Mendel Op Den Orth chipped in 14 points and 14 rebounds.

The U.S., defeated the Netherlands 59-46 in the final.

(with files from Wheelchair Basketball Canada)

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