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Special Olympics Basketball makes its debut at this year’s BC Winter Games in Mission.

Published: February 22, 2014 2:00 PM
Updated: February 22, 2014 3:51 PM

by Alex Butler

Black Press

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Vancouver Island-Central Coast took on North West on Saturday in Special Olympics basketball at the University of the Fraser Valley in Abbotsford, and the Island won 50-23.

Vancouver Island utilized an excellent transition game, resulting in many fast break points.

North West put in a great effort, working hard for each basket, but Vancouver Island-Central Coast’s rebounding and team game helped them beat out their competition.

Andrew Wainwright, a Vancouver Island-Central Coast player, said despite a loss earlier in the morning, the team came back and “played hard.”

He said he didn’t think they would make 50 points, and everyone on the team is pleased they did.

Assistant coach Terry Rodway said his team is currently 3-1, and he is hoping it puts them in a good position for a bronze medal.

This is the first BC Games to feature Special Olympics basketball, showcasing the preparation and talent of athletes ages 14 to 45 as they compete for gold.

The round robin tournament ran through Saturday morning, whittling down teams for Sunday’s finals.

Thompson-Okanagan Zone played Vancouver Island-Central Coast, losing 33-30.

North West lost to Vancouver Squamish 36-12 in the second game of the morning.

Fraser Valley lost their first game of the morning against Fraser River-Delta, scoring only 10 points to Fraser Valley-Delta’s 36. They came back in the afternoon, beating Thompson-Okanagan 39-8.

Tomorrow’s bronze medal match will be held at 9 a.m., with teams competing for gold at 10 a.m.

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