(Odense, Denmark) – Canada bested home-team Denmark 58-47 in the team’s first game of the 2014 World Wheelchair Rugby Championships. Young phenom Zak Madell (Okotoks, AB) scored a game-high 27 points to propel the team to victory.
“It’s not easy starting out a tournament against the home team, but we rose to the occasion and used our mental toughness to build a lead,” said Head Coach Kevin Orr. “Our ability to force turnovers was really what gave us the advantage here.”
In front of a lively crowd cheering for the home team, the Canadians initially struggled to stop the speedy Danish offense. After the first quarter, the score was 14-12 for Canada. By the half, however, Canada had forced Denmark to use all of their timeouts and was up by six points. The Canadians never looked back, eventually forcing 15 turnovers.
While the crowd was predominantly Danish, there was one special Canadian fan in the crowd. André François Giroux, the Canadian Ambassador to Denmark, met the team before the game and cheered them on to victory.
Tomorrow, Canada plays Finland at 17:30 local time (08:30 am PST, 11:30 am EST).
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