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Canada progresses to semis with win over Spain

You can make it six consecutive victories for Canada’s Wheelchair basketball team at the 2012 Paralympic Games. On Wednesday, day seven of the Games, Canada entered into a quarter final battle against Spain and kept their undefeated streak alive, defeating the Spanish by a score of 77-51.

Canada looked crisp coming out of the gate in its first elimination game of the tournament, scoring 25 points and creating a 13 point separation between themselves and Spain entering the second quarter.

The red and white extended their lead in the second, outscoring Spain 18-13, to conclude the opening half with a 43-25 lead.

Canada maintained its lead throughout the remainder of the game, to finish game 6 with another victory, and more importantly, progression into the semi-finals.

Team Canada point guard, and Fort St. John-born Bo Hedges had another solid performance on the hardwood, scoring 14 points, and adding a single assist during 26:43 of play time.

Hedges was also solid defensively, grabbing 1 offensive rebound, stealing the ball once, forcing a single turnover and drawing 4 fouls.

The Canadian success Wednesday came in large part to their ability to make shots. They shot 52 per cent for two-pointers (32/61), were 1/3 from three-point land, and drained 59 per cent of their free throws (10/17).

Canada also took much better care of the basketball than Spain, who turned the ball over 18 times, compared to the nine committed by the Canadians.

Next up for Canada will be a semi-final, elimination match, against hosts Great Britain. Canada should be very confident entering the match, as these two teams clashed in the preliminary round, with Canada earning a 70-54 victory.

The Canadians will resume their journey to gold tomorrow, Thursday, September 6.