Canada's wheelchair basketball teams are headed for the Paralympic quarterfinals after dominating competition in the preliminary round in London.
The men’s wheelchair basketball team, which includes Fergus’s Patrick Anderson, Kitchener’s Tyler Miller, Kitchener-born Brandon Wagner and former Cambridge resident Abdi Fatah Dini, won 68-42 against Colombia on Monday to cruise through the round robin stage with a 5-0 record.
Anderson, the tournament’s leading scorer, contributed 13 points in just 10 minutes of play. Miller and Wagner each had two points in Monday’s win. The men’s wheelchair basketball team will play Spain on Wednesday in the quarterfinals.
The women's team, meanwhile, play Tuesday night against the U.S. in their first game of the quarter finals after winning three straight games over the long weekend.
Led by Katie Harnock of Elmira, the women’s squad defeated host Great Britain 67-50 on Monday - after wins against Australia and Brazil Saturday and Sunday - and advanced to the quarterfinals with a 3-1 record in round robin play. Harnock led Canada with 20 points and six rebounds in the game.
Also on Monday, Guelph’s Josh Cassidy advanced to the final in the men’s 1,500-metre wheelchair race, finishing his heat in a time of 3:19:54. The final is on Tuesday.
In other Paralympic action: Michael Heath, who trains with New Hamburg’s Wilmot Aquatic Aces, didn’t get past his heat in the 200-metre freestyle on Sunday. He finished 17th and did not advance to the final.
Tim Rees, a University of Waterloo grad, lost his bout in the preliminary round of the under-100 kilogram division in judo on Saturday and did not advance.
The men's wheelchair basketball team secured their berth in the quarterfinals with a 83-65 win over Poland Saturday. They followed that up with a victory over Germany on Sunday, taking control of Pool B by winning 73-66.
"We can’t shut it down, can’t lose the momentum. There are some good teams in the other pool and we want to make sure we play the fourth seeds. We don’t want to make the next round more difficult than necessary. We’ve got to play better, too. We gave up a lot of points tonight. We’ve got to shore that up," said Anderson, the verteran of the men's team.Anderson was force against Poland - potting 34 points, 12 assists, and 9 rebounds.