Bo Hedges bounced back with a pair of 10-point games against Korea and Colombia this weekend to help the Canadian Men’s Wheelchair Basketball team land a spot in the quarterfinals.
In the early hours of Sunday morning local time, Canada defeated Korea 74 – 64 on the shoulders of Patrick Anderson’s game-high 29 points.
Nik Goncin shot well from 3-point range again, and captain Bo Hedges scored 10, picked up four rebounds and four assists in 34 minutes of playing time. Canada also got points from Melymick, Jassman and Miller.
In the final Group A matchup, Canada beat Colombia 63 – 52 by spreading the scoring around.
Four Canadian players had at least 10 points, with Anderson leading the way for both teams with a game-high 22.
In a release, Hedges says the team executed the way they wanted to in the first half, but they knew their opponent would not quit.
“They weren’t going to give up, they still had a chance to get through to the quarterfinals,” said Hedges, who played every minute against Colombia, scoring 10, four rebounds, three assists and a blocked shot.
“Colombia came out and fought hard, and we were able to weather the storm. it wasn’t necessarily the prettiest win in the world, but we got the win, and we got through to the quarters now.”
After starting the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games with three straight losses against Spain, Turkey and Japan, Canada finishes fourth in Group A with a 2 – 3 record.
“We have been playing pretty well even against teams like Turkey and Japan. We had some good quarters early, so this game, it was nice to carry that through for the whole game and get four quarters where we put it all together.”
Fourth place Canada will take on the top-ranked team in Group B, Great Britain, in the quarterfinal on Wednesday morning at 2:15 MST.
Hedges says while they still have a few minor improvements to make, he’s confident they don’t have to rush on the court.
“We can slow the game down when we have the lead. If the opponent makes some buckets, it really doesn’t matter when you’re up 10 – 12 points.”
Advancing to the quarterfinals, Canada already has bested its 2016 Rio Paralympics 11th place finish.