Hedges and team Canada finish 11th in Rio

Wonowon native Bo Hedges and team Canada’s wheelchair basketball squad had an unforgettable trip to Rio for the Paralympics and as the journey came to an end Tuesday night, they will not play for a medal for the first time in their last three trips.

Canada went 0-5 in the preliminary round and finished round robin play with a 67-46 loss against Turkey on Monday. They finished the tournament on a high note with a 70-51 win over Algeria Tuesday night to secure 11th place.

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Co-captain Hedges said after the game Monday that the tournament will end up being a valuable experience for this year’s youthful squad.

“We all had high hopes to accomplish a little bit more here,” Hedges said in a Wheelchair Basketball Canada release.

“We still have one more game and we have to continue to improve like we have throughout this tournament. It’s a great group of young guys and a great opportunity to play Algeria and to keep going and keep building.

“I’ve been through a lot of tough, devastating losses and challenging times with basketball and so you know you have to learn from it and build from it. It just makes us stronger going forward toward the next world championship and Tokyo in 2020.”

Canada fell hard in their opening game 80-64 to Spain, with Hedges scoring eight points in the losing cause.

Game two was a second stumbling block for Canada when they dropped a 49-32 decision to the Netherlands Friday, Sept. 9.

Canada shot just 26 and 25 percent from the field to open the tournament before a third loss to Australia 78-53, which ended any hopes of advancing to the elimination round.

Canada also struggled on Sunday, when they fell to the Japanese 76-45.

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