August 27, 2001 Brazil - The Canadian Junior Men's Wheelchair Basketball Team retained their World Championship title over the weekend, by defeating the hometown favourite Brazilian team, 58-55. Vancouver's Vinh Nguyen and Bo Hedges from Prince George are members of the team.
Canada led after the first quarter 18-10 and kept the 8-point lead at the half with a 30-22 score. But Brazil came out strong in the third quarter going on a 21-10 run and took the lead 43-40. However the Canadians would not go away quietly and outscored the Brazil team 18-12 in the fourth quarter to win Gold 58-55.
The game was a tightly fought contest and was not decided until the final seconds. With approximately 12 seconds left in the game, Abdi Fatah Dini hit a field goal to give Canada a 2-point lead. Brazil then took possession of the ball and missed their attempt to tie the game. Ontario's Patrick Anderson was then fouled and went to the line to hit his first free throw. With 2 seconds left on the clock Brazil could not get a shot off, and Canada wins its second Junior Men's World Championship.
Hedges plays for the Prince George Titans. He was a member of the 1997 Gold Medallist team at the Junior World Championships in Toronto. In 2000, he was a member of Team BC, gold medalists at the National Championships along with Nguyen. Nguyen attended the Roosevelt Cup with the Canadian Senior Team this year, which won a gold medal.
For more information, contact Carrie Linegar at the BCWBS 604.737.3138.