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Fick’s men fight back
- Updated: February 12, 2011
After letting the more highly-fancied Canada run up a big lead on Friday in the first half in Blankenberge, Belgium, the Sasol South Africa wheelchair basketball team fought back to dominate the second half in a 65-40 loss in the opening match of the seventh Valentine Basketball Tournament.
This is the first of five international tournaments the South Africans will compete in this year as they prepare for the London Paralympics next year.
“I don’t know what it was — maybe just the occasion,” said coach Patrick Fick afterwards, “but the way we came back makes it feel almost like a victory.”
Canada have been consistently ranked in the top five in the world, and South Africa dominated the second half to the tune of 29-26 against their tough opponents.
Canada came out of the blocks fast, running into a 21-9 lead in the first quarter.
“We were trying a slightly new approach,” said Fick. “We were just trying to take care of the ball, but we ended up executing badly.”