The quest for gold ends short of the finish line for the Canadian men’s wheelchair basketball team after losing 66 – 52 to Great Britain on Wednesday.

Team Canada captain Bo Hedges scored eight points, three assists and three rebounds in a little over 38 minutes. Patrick Anderson had a game-high 22 points, 17 rebounds and seven assists for Canada.

Great Britain’s player-coach Gaz Choudry led his team with 21 points, 10 rebounds and 14 assists to advance to the semi-finals.

Canada coach Matteo Feriani admits the Brits had more experience than Canada.

“They’re the defending World Champions. We were leading, but we relaxed, and they came out stronger in the fourth quarter,” said Ferriani of the 24 – 9 fourth quarter in favour of Great Britain.

Canada was holding onto a 43 – 42 lead entering the final frame.

“It’s not easy to close out a game against Great Britain. We had it. But I’m proud of the guys, proud of the improvements, proud of how we have been playing. We fought until the end. We made it very hard for them.”

With the win, Great Britain will face host Japan on Friday.

Canada will play a classification game to decide seventh and eighth-place against Germany at 8:30 p.m. Thursday. Coach Ferriani says the team will need to make fewer mistakes to have success against Germany.

“We have to keep improving. Keep playing the right way. Keep improving and make less of the mistakes that make the difference. The small mistakes make the difference. The less mistakes we make, the better, offensively and defensively.”