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Scots swept by Canadian Academy, prepare for national wheelchair basketball championships

Story first appeared in the March 5, 2015 edition of the Edinboro University Spectator.

Changing the schedule to add another pair of games against Canadian Academy to end the regular season was a decision made by head coach Jim Glatch in hopes of better preparing his squad for the upcoming national tournament.

Unfortunately, it isn’t the kind of preparation that will show in the box scores.

Edinboro (14-20) was swept by Canadian Academy, Canada’s national wheelchair basketball team, 62-31 and 62-35, in the two games between the squads on Saturday.

A slow start plagued the Fighting Scots in the first contest as Boro mustered only two baskets in the first quarter of play. The second quarter was even, but the sluggish beginning allowed Canadian Academy to jump out to a 30-15 lead at halftime.

It was the usual cast of characters that piloted Edinboro’s offense in game one. Blake Rush led the Scots with 11 points, with Mike Adams supplying support with nine markers.

“The first quarter was an eye opener again for them,” head coach Jim Glatch said about the first game in a phone interview Sunday afternoon. “It took them to the second quarter to wake up. We made some adjustments and they really played well afterwards. It really showed how the pressure got to them. It really showed the difference between a national team and a college team.”

The defensive prowess of Canadian Academy is why Glatch wanted to face them one more time and see how his team responded.

“They adjusted to the pressure well and that is why I wanted to go up there because we are going to see a lot of pressure defenses when we go to nationals,” he said.

The second game had a similar result in terms of the scoreboard, but Edinboro had more of a balanced attack. The Scots were down two points early, before Canadian Academy slowly pulled away, which might have discouraged some Scots.

“The problem with coaching a young team is they get down real fast on themselves,” Glatch said.

The two losses moved Edinboro to 14-20 overall on the season as its regular season comes to a close, ending the season with the most wins since the 2010-11 season. The Scots will now enter the 38th NIWBT National Championships in Columbia, Missouri, where they will be the sixth seed and face #3 Missouri.

“I think the biggest thing is that they don’t get nervous again,” Glatch said about keys to success at nationals. “The message is going to be to control the things you can control. Don’t focus on a missed shot, focus on getting back on defense. Missouri has size and we have to make sure to not let that size get into the paint. “

The national tournament gets underway on Thursday and continues until Saturday.

Box Scores

Blake Rush 5-8 0-0 11; Mike Adams 3-10 2-2 9; Isaiah Moore 2-9 1-2 5; Ayuba
Alli 2-4 0-0 4; Derek Strickland 1-5 0-0 2; Shane Knox 0-0 0-0 0; Bryson
McLeod 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 13-37 3-4 31.
Adam Lancia 7-12 0-0 14; Pail Vermette 5-9 0-2 11; Bo Hedges 5-11 0-0 10;
Abdi Dini 4-5 0-0 8; Deion Green 2-7 1-2 5; Aaron Moseley-Willim 2-5 0-0 4;
Jo Vermette 2-5 0-0 4; Mickael Poulin 2-4 0-0 4; Mick Poulin 1-1 0-0 2.
Totals 30-59 1-4 62.
Edinboro University of PA….. 15 16 – 31
National Academy………….. 30 32 – 62
3-point goals–Edinboro University of PA 2-5 (Blake Rush 1-1; Mike Adams
1-1; Ayuba Alli 0-1; Isaiah Moore 0-2), National Academy 1-4 (Pail Vermette
1-1; Bo Hedges 0-3).

Mike Adams 6-12 2-2 14; Isaiah Moore 6-9 0-0 13; Derek Strickland 4-10 0-1
8; Blake Rush 0-6 0-0 0; Ayuba Alli 0-4 0-0 0; Shane Knox 0-6 0-2 0; Redell
King 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 16-48 2-5 35.
Adam Lancia 10-16 0-0 20; Mickael Poulin 7-12 2-3 16; Mick Poulin 4-6 0-0 8;
Abdi Dini 3-6 0-0 6; Deion Green 3-4 0-0 6; Aaron Moseley-Willim 3-5 0-0 6;
Bo Hedges 0-4 0-2 0; Mitch Boasser 0-0 0-0 0; Pail Vermette 0-1 0-0 0; Jo
Vermette 0-4 0-0 0; Brandon Wagner 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 30-58 2-5 62.
Edinboro University of PA….. 16 19 – 35
National Academy………….. 28 34 – 62
3-point goals–Edinboro University of PA 1-4 (Isaiah Moore 1-3; Mike Adams
0-1), National Academy 0-0 (None).


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