Team Alberta faced off against Ontario in the gold medal dual at the Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre.

Having won 59-54 in preliminary action against Ontario, Alberta knew they had some stiff competition to earn the gold. Ontario created the upset in the semi-final by giving Quebec its first loss of the tournament.

Team Ontario came out strong from the initial minutes of play and posted a 14-9 lead after the initial quarter. Resilient and determined to win this game in front of their fans, Team Alberta bounced back in the second quarter to show a 25-20 lead at halftime.

Both teams rallied back and forth, and Ontario narrowed the Alberta lead to only two points at entering the last quarter. The battle continued in the ultimate quarter

In a match that showed equal strength in all areas of play, Team Alberta ended up being on the winning side, at 51-48 on the final buzzer.

“The city of Red Deer has done such a great job with these Canada Games. We’ve been supported since Day 1. The crowds just kept getting bigger and bigger, Darrell Nordell, head coach of Team Alberta. “The very first Canada Games [for Wheelchair Basketball] was in 1995 in Grande Prairie. The games were actually played in Jasper. Alberta won the gold then, at home. To win this gold medal once again in our home province makes it so special.”

Bradon Doll, the tournament’s leading scorer with 140 points, was proud of Team Alberta’s accomplishments: “The support of our fans really helped us pull through. All the hard work and effort the team has put paid off, and it feels great to share this moment with the team and the home crowd.”

The last time Alberta won the gold medal in wheelchair basket goes back to 1995 in Grande Prairie when the sport was introduced into the Canada Games program.