Canada v Japan | 2014 IWBF Wheelchair Basketball World Championships

Canada now holds a 5-1 overall record in six major international tournament meetings between the two opponents. A lively home crowd with over 1500 elementary school students brought together by Wheelchair Basketball Canada's Schools Program buoyed the spirit and play of Team Canada. The hosts raced out to a quick 8-2 lead en route to a 25-12 first quarter advantage. Japan responded well and took the second frame 18-17 to trail by 12 at halftime. The Canadian side came together with a stifling defensive effort to limit Japan's chances in the third. Heading into the final frame, Canada held a 61-41 advantage and showed no signs of slowing down. The home team's timely offence outscored Japan 22-12 to complete the victory. Team Canada was led by Vancouver, B.C. native Janet McLachlan who finished with game-highs in points (28) and rebounds (21). Cindy Ouellet of Quebec City, Quebec consistently found her teammates throughout the contest and collected 10 assists to accompany her 14 points. Mari Amimoto of Osaka led the Japanese side with a double-double of 18 points and 10 rebounds. Katie Harnock -- the Player of the Game with 25 points -- spoke to the quality of the crowd when asked about playing on home soil. "It was such an amazing feeling. With that many home fans who were so excited; with the kids stomping their feet and singing, it was just amazing." She went on to add, "That was a good win and a really positive result for us. You enjoy it for a little while, but then you need to refocus and get ready for the next game." The Canadians will look to improve their record to 2-0 against Brazil, who fell to Great Britain in its tournament opener. The game is scheduled to tip-off at 3 p.m. on the second day of competition. Japan next faces China tomorrow at 8 a.m. For more information visit: - See more at: