By the Canadian Press
LONDON – Fergus native Patrick Anderson scored 34 points to lead Canada to the gold medal at the Paralympics Saturday.
Anderson added 10 rebounds and eight assists as Canada defeated the defending champion Australians 64-58.
Canada, which also included Kitchener’s Tyler Miller, former Cambridge resident Abdi Fatah Dini and Kitchener-born Brandon Wagner, concluded the tournament with a sterling 8-0 record.
The victory marked Canada’s 31st win since 2000, improving their overall record to 31 wins and 1 loss in the last twelve years.
Anderson had a superb tournament, averaging 25 points, 11 rebounds and eight assists a game.
Canada got off to a slow start in the gold medal game, and had trouble hitting buckets early on. They took their first lead at 4:12 of the second quarter and were shooting just 41 per cent from the field. Similar to their semi-final victory over Great Britain, the third quarter proved to be Canada’s best.
They outscored Australia 20-15 in the third frame, before sealing the victory with stout defending late in the fourth quarter.
Canada was unable to add any medals in the wheelchair marathon events, however.
The men’s event was won by Paralympic superstar David Weir of Britain, who was already household name in the host nation after winning the 800 metres, 1,500 metres and 5,000 metres. He blazed to the win in a time of one hour, 30 minutes, 20 seconds.
Josh Cassidy of Guelph placed 12th in a time of 1:33:06.
“This is the toughest course I’ve ever done but I gave it everything I had,” Cassidy said.