January 23rd, 2021

Steamers, Medicine Hat host wheel chair tourney

By Woodard, Dale on February 5, 2020.


The Lethbridge Wheelchair Basketball Association-Lethbridge Steamers and Medicine Hat Mustangs played the role of tournament hosts last weekend.

The clubs teamed up for the Alberta B Wheelchair Basketball Tournament at the Lethbridge Senior Citizens Organization Fritz Sick Gymnasium Saturday and Sunday.

Four teams, including a team from Edmonton and Calgary, competed in the two-day tournament.

Lethbridge got things started Saturday with a 60-24 win over Edmonton as Henry Smith led Lethbridge with 17 points.

Medicine Hat defeated Calgary 34-24 in the second game and followed that up 42-22 win over Edmonton.

The Steamers beat Calgary 46-38 as Ron Van Elswyk scored 10 points and John Banman had nine.

On Sunday, Calgary kicked things off with a 32-27 win over Edmonton.

Lethbridge and Medicine Hat then squared off in a southern Alberta tilt as Lethbridge earned a close 40-38 win. Ron Van Elswyk led the Steamers with 10 points.

Medicine Hat scored some payback in the final with a 35-32 win over Lethbridge as Matthew Hatch put up 14 points for Medicine Hat.

The Wheelchair Basketball League is a fully integrated league, featuring male and female athletes with and without a disability playing together in a spirit of competition and camaraderie.

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