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Hedges and team Canada to play for gold medal

For the second consecutive Paralympic Games, Canada’s wheelchair basketball team will play for gold. On Thursday, Canada took on host team Great Britain in the tournament’s semi-final game, with the Canadians emerging victorious thanks to a 69-52 final score.

In what was a fairly close game, Canada led 33-27 at the game’s halfway point, but proceeded to pull away in the third quarter. The third saw Canada outscore Great Britain 24-10, and never surrender the lead from that point.

Canada’s Patrick Anderson was a man possessed on the court. In his 35:26 minutes of floor time, Anderson scored a game high 17 points, distributed a game high 11 assists, and pulled in 9 rebounds.

Anderson also had 2 steals, and caused 3 turnovers, while drawing 7 fouls from Great Britain.

Baldonnel-born Bo Hedges also contributed in the big win. During his 25:38 minutes on the floor, Hedges scored 12 points, earned an assist and pulled in two defensive rebounds.

The undefeated Canadians will now play for a gold medal in wheelchair basketball for the second straight Paralympic Games, but hopefully this year will produce the opposite results as in Beijing.

In 2008, the Canadians lost to Australia 72-60 in the gold medal game. Coincidentally, the two powerhouses will once again square off for international wheelchair basketball supremacy.

Win or lose, Hedges and Team Canada will be winning a medal this Saturday.