(Richmond, BC) -- It took every ounce of their home-court advantage and the clutch play by veteran David Willsie (Dorchester, ON), but Team Canada came back from behind to beat Great Britain in the final seconds of the semi-final game and advance to the gold medal game against Australia.
After a rocky second quarter, Canada was down by as much as five points. Thanks to the offensive firepower of Zak Madell (Okotoks, AB) and the leadership of veterans like David Willsie and Garett Hickling (Dorchester, ON), however, Canada built momentum. With 44 seconds left, Canada had a choice: run down the clock and force overtime, or score quickly, try to get a turnover and win the game. Canada chose the latter and thanks to a steal by David Willsie, they scored and won 50-49.
After the game, Head Coach Kevin Orr described the win as a team effort.
“I’m so proud of the resilience our team showed today,” he said. “We played as a team. That was the message going in to the fourth quarter: believe in each other and come together as a team. The attitude wasn’t all about me. It was all about the team. Being able to dig our way out of a hole like that is a huge step in our quest for gold at the World Championships.”
Canada will play #2-ranked Australia tomorrow (Saturday) at 2 pm at the Richmond Olympic Oval. Great Britain will play Japan for bronze at noon. All games will be webcast live at murderball.tv.