Canadians unbeaten at world wheelchair basketball championship
Canada's Richard Peter during a game against Britain at the BT Paralympic World Cup at Sport City, Manchester on May 30, 2010. (AP Photo)
Published Sunday, July 11, 2010 8:34PM EDT
BIRMINGHAM - Canada continued to roll at the world wheelchair basketball championships with both the men's and women's squads earning wins on Sunday to remain undefeated.
The defending champion men picked up their fourth straight win, 69-60 over Turkey, while the women -- also defending champions and vying for an unprecedented fifth straight world title -- won their third straight, 69-44 over Mexico.
Toronto's Adam Lancia scored a game-high 21 points and 11 rebounds for his first double-double of the tournament.
Montreal's David Eng contributed 14 points, while Frederiction's Dave Durepos and Richard Peter of Duncan, B.C., also reached double-digit scoring with 10 points apiece.
With the game knotted at 31-31 at the half, Canada exploded in the third quarter to outscore Turkey by 15 points. Durepos came off the bench in the third to ignite the Canadians with a three-pointer that would start a 16-point scoring run.
Turkey's top scorer in the tournament Ozgur Gurbulak was a menace in the first quarter going 7-for-8 and tallying 17 points before failing to score in the second quarter.
The Canadian men next face Australia in their final preliminary game on Monday.
The Canadian women came out strong against Mexico scoring 20 points in the first quarter. By halftime they established a 39-25 lead thanks in part to another dominant performance by Vancouver's Janet McLachlan, who notched her third double-double in as many games with 24 points and 12 rebounds.
Cindy Ouellet of Quebec City led the floor with seven assists and also added 11 points. Teammate Tara Feser of St. Albert, Alta., nailed a three-pointer as part of her 12 point night.
"Everybody came out strong and ready to play tonight," said assistant coach Michael Broughton for the women's team. "We knew this would be an important game for us in the standings and we managed to work all 12 players into the lineup. Now we can build on that momentum as we prepare to face Australia."
The Canadian women will also play their final preliminary game against Australia on Monday. The winner will finish first in Pool B.