The Canadian Men’s Wheelchair Basketball Team lost a 79-68 heartbreaker to Poland in crossover play on Tuesday to fall out of medal contention at the 2018 World Championships in Hamburg. Poland advanced to the quarter-finals, while Canada will resume play in a placement game.
Poland aggressively attacked the basket with speed, precision shooting from the outside and a commanding presence in the key, shooting 61 per cent from the field. Despite a solid effort by the Canucks on both sides of the ball, they simply had no answer to slow the Polish offence enough to close the gap on the scoreboard.
“I’m very disappointed. They are good team and they shot very, very well and exploited their height advantage over us,” said Canada’s Patrick Anderson (Fergus, Ont.) “We put enough points on the board to win, but defensively we couldn’t get the stops and that’s sort of been our story here. We are going to have to continue to work on our offence but get a lot better on defence.
“I’m really disappointed in some of the decisions I made and shots that I missed, but at the same time we scored in the high sixties. Our defence just didn’t get the job done. That is on all of us. So, it’s going to be a real chance to look in the mirror, keep working on our strengths, and also to identify some solutions to our weaknesses to get back in the conversation again. This was our chance to re-establish ourselves as a contender and we didn’t do that. So it’s a bitter pill to swallow, but we have two years to Tokyo.”
The Canadian women (2-1) continue pool play this afternoon against the Netherlands at 12:30 p.m. ET.
Canadians can watch the games live on the Wheelchair Basketball Canada and Canadian Paralympic Team Facebook pages and through CBC Sports at cbcsports.ca.
About the 2018 World Championships
The 2018 IWBF World Championships feature 16 men’s teams and 12 women’s teams vying for the world title as the top athletes in the game showcase the elite skill, pure athleticism and dynamic speed that allows wheelchair basketball to captivate audiences around the globe. The event is a catalyst for promoting inclusion and marks the largest world championship in the history of the sport and one of the largest international parasport events outside of the Paralympic Games.
For more information visit wheelchairbasketball.ca or follow Team Canada along the journey to Hamburg on social media via Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
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