Aug. 16, 2009
SUMMERSIDE, P.E.I. (CNB) – The New Brunswick women basketball team only held the lead for the last five seconds of the game, but it was enough to narrowly win 80-78 against Manitoba during the first day of competitions at the 2009 Canada Games in Prince Edward Island.
In beach volleyball, New Brunswick easily beat Newfoundland and Labrador 2-0 during Kyle Blanchard's 20th birthday while in tennis, New Brunswick lost 6-0 to Alberta and 5-1 to Québec. Manitoba blanked New Brunswick 6-0 in women softball. (Multimedia)
Vanessa Pickard scored with five seconds left on the clock in the basketball game against Manitoba to give New Brunswick an 80-78 victory. Julie Hatcher had scored four points a few seconds before to tie the game at 78-78.
"We are very happy with this win," said coach Bill Mayberry. "We stayed in the game and never abandoned. This is an important victory for us, our confidence and it will set the tone for the next games."
Player Kyle Blanchard was happy with the win in beach volleyball the day of this 20th birthday.
"This is a nice birthday gift," said Blanchard. "I feel good with the victory and this is a good start for us this week. We know Newfoundland and Labrador was a weak team in our pool, and we wanted to control our serves and keep the ball in the court. We want to progress this week and get to the medal round."
Competitions continue Monday as many teams and athletes will see action in and around Summerside.