Canadian wheelchair basketball team loses to Great Britain, finishes fourth at 2016 Women’s Continental Clash

 Janet McLachlan of Team Canada taking on Team USA in the Gold Medal Game in the CODE Alcalde Sports Complex at the 2011 Parapan American Games in Guadalajara, Mexico. 

Despite an exceptional 29-point, 20-rebound performance from 2014 World Champion all star Janet McLachlan, the Canadian women’s wheelchair basketball team fell 62-56 to the host team, Great Britain, at the 2016 Women’s Continental Clash.

This was the second game McLachlan, who is participating in her third Paralympic Games for Canada this September, eclipsed the 20-point mark. She scored 21 points in her team’s 72-45 win over France on Tuesday.

Britain’s Helen Freeman replied to McLachlan’s strong play with 24 points and 12 assists.

No other player in this game produced more than seven points.

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What made the difference for Great Britain was a 16-10 advantage on the scoreboard in the fourth quarter as both teams entered the final part of the game tied at 46.

McLachlan scored on a jump shot to make the game 56-54 for Great Britain, but then Canada’s rivals from overseas pulled away for the victory.

An important takeaway from this tournament for the Canadian squad is to lessen the giveaways. The Brits enjoyed a 18-2 advantage in points off of turnovers.

On the other hand, team Canada should be encouraged that they out-rebounded the Great Britain team 44-31 in this pivotal game.

There will be no more international games for Team Canada leading up to the start of the Paralympic basketball tournament  in Rio de Janeiro on Sept. 7

Later on Thursday, the Netherlands captured the gold medal by defeating Germany 58-54. This is the second tournament in as many weeks won by the Dutch. They won their own tournament, the Dutch Challenge, on July 30.

Photo Credit: Canadian Paralympic Committee

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