Patrick Anderson capped off his impressive tournament with another sterling performance to lead Canada to a 64-58 win over defending champion Australia in the gold medal match of the 2012 London Paralympic games men’s wheelchair basketball competition.
Anderson was simply unstoppable as he erupted for 34 points on 15-for-24 shooting from the field and also recorded 10 rebounds and eight assists for Canada, who captured their third gold medal in the last four Paralympic Games.
“It feels like the first medal I’ve ever won somehow,” Anderson said. “I’m not sure exactly why just yet. We were challenged by a really great team and meeting that challenge was awesome.”
Canada was in control of the tempo for most of the game, but not until the Aussies game them a scare, tying the game at 48 with 7:30 left in the game.
However, Anderson was simply too much as he towed the Canadians down the stretch to hold on to the win, which punctuated their dominance in this year’s Paralympic Games.
Shaun Norris scored 19 points to go with six rebounds, while Justin Eveson and Brad Ness added 16 and 12 points, respectively, in a losing effort for Australia.
Meanwhile, USA captured the bronze medal earlier in the day after defeating host Great Britain, 61-46, in the bronze medal match.
Great Britain ended their stint with a disappointing loss, surrendering the bronze medal throne they got during the 2008 Beijing Paralympic Games.