(Halifax, NS) – In a game that was decided by a single basket Team Prince Edward Island held on for a 50-48 win over Team British Columbia in opening placement match of Day 4 at the 2011 Canada Games.
Team PEI started the game with plenty of intensity and established a 21-13 by the end of the first quarter. The team continued its offensive outburst in the second frame and at one point led BC by 20 points. PEI shot 17-for-38 from the field in the first half of the game, good for 44.7%.
“We had a really good first half. We were making our shots and setting the ball up and we were doing well. Second half, we kind of got away from our game. They started putting on the pressure. We let up and that’s when they started to come back,” said PEI player Joel Watts.
Team BC was looking for redemption after an upset loss to Saskatchewan in the final game of the preliminary round. Despite trailing 37-21 after the first half, BC refused to quit. They mounted a massive comeback in the second half, outscoring PEI 27-13 but fell just shy of a victory in a nail biting finish.
Adam Loo once again was a force for PEI. The second highest scorer in the preliminary round of the tournament continued his scorching pace, dropping 25 points and 14 rebounds to earn the double-double in a grinding 40 minutes of play.
Jeremy Watts with 10 points, Jeremy MacDonald with 9 points, and Jeremy Koughan with 6 points rounded out the scoring for PEI.
Avril Harris led the charge for BC. He picked up the double-double with 22 points and 13 rebounds while adding 6 assists. Erik Vliegenthart also earned a double-double with 12 points and 16 rebounds. Deion Green tallied 12 points for BC in the loss.
“It was tough because we had that loss against Saskatchewan the night before, which is always tough to get up the following day after a tough loss. We dug ourselves into an early hole by about 20. Fought our way back, the kids did really well. They woke up and pushed hard and started doing the things they had to do to work together. We had a chance to tie it at the end, but the shot didn’t go, but they played really well,” said BC assistant coach Ross MacDonald.
PEI and BC will each play one more game to determine their final standing in the tournament.
#7 Prince Edward Island (2-2) will play its next placement game against #9 New Brunswick (0-4) Wednesday February 16 at 7:00PM.
#4 British Columbia (2-3) will face #6 Nova Scotia (1-2) Thursday February 17 at 11:00AM.
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