Great Britain continued its recent dominance of the Canadian men’s wheelchair basketball team with a decisive 68-40 victory on day two of the Men’s 2016 Continental Clash.
With this Sunday game taking place at the host nation’s Leicester Sports Arena, Canada had a chance to gain a measure of revenge for being handed two blowout losses (68-40 and 89-37) by the Brits on home soil just over a month ago at the Men’s Toronto Challenge.They failed to do so and are now 0-3 in the standings.
Starting slow was Team Canada’s undoing for a third straight game.
Trailing 11-8 early in the showdown, Canada allowed the Brits to go on a nine-point run to close out the first quarter. Great Britain never looked back after that point.
Mistakes also helped power the British team to victory as they had 15 points off of turnovers compared to six for Canada.
For the second time in three games, Nick Goncin (Regina, Sask.) led the Canadian team in scoring. He produced 12 points, eight rebounds and six assists. Gaz Choudrey starred for Great Britain with 15 points, six rebounds and four assists.
One particular troubling statistic for the Canadian team is that their field goal shooting percentage was under 40 in each of their three games. They went 18 for 53 (33 per cent) against Great Britain.
A positive stat for Canada is that they did outscore Great Britain 28 to 18 from the paint. This is especially encouraging considering Canada was -26 (20 to 46) in the key against the Americans on Saturday.
With only two games remaining on their schedule, Canada is guaranteed to finish the Continental Clash with a losing record. They are the only one of the five teams in this tournament still searching for victory No.1.
Japan is up next. The Japanese (1-2) are entering this matchup with a lot of momentum due to a huge 58-38 win over the Netherlands on Sunday. The game begins at 10 a.m. EST.
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