Wheelchair Basketball zone2 vs zone 5, pool games

By Nita Khanal

Author: BC Winter Games/Saturday, February 27, 2016/Categories: 2016 BC Winter Games, Basketball - Wheelchair

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The hometown team was heroes on the wheelchair basketball court Saturday afternoon.

Third time was a charm for Thompson-Okanagan, capturing its first win after two losses in the 2016 BC Winter Games.

Vancouver Coastal did not give up without a fight, chasing down Thompson-Okanagan throughout the match. The out-of-town team netted four points within the last minute of play, coming within reach of the win. Thompson-Okanagan was able to keep them at bay, winning 24-22.

Fraser Valley’s Matthew Norris, who competed in the 2014 Mission Winter Games, felt good after the tight match.

"It was a close game, we had some good shots and our defence was pretty decent," he said.

He also believe in "having fun and playing hard.”

Wyatt Schindler from Vernon said that success is within its grasp again. “Working on communication and not shooting far out," is key, he said.

Coach Kelly Law, building on the 2014 BC Games squad, was really happy with how the team played. Thompson-Okanagan faces off against Vancouver Island next, and Law said the team will have to keep up the pressure. “Definitely keeping the intensity level up that we had for the last game was one of the keys to success.”

Vancouver’s coach Jason Costa for was really happy with how his team played. He says, "It was an amazing game, so proud of how we played," said Vancouver’s coach Jason Costa. "The words can’t describe how profoundly thankful for this team and proud how they have come together.”

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