Tournament Recaps - Day 2
March 8, 2013 - On Day Two of the 2013 Wheelchair Basketball National Championship, the University of Alabama advanced to the championship game in the women's division, to take on Wisconsin-Whitewater. The two rivals will meet for the national championship at Lakeshore on Saturday at 1 p.m. Alabama earned a spot in the tournament finale with a 10-point win over Illinois. The Crimson Tide led 21-13 with 3:46 left in the first half and kept the lead at halftime, 29-19. They capitalized on their lead in the second half, even by as many as 19 points, 51-32, with 6:11 left on the clock. and cruised home to win the game, 56-46. Karolina Lingyte led all scorers with 27 points.
On the men's side four men's teams began with the championship in their sights. But after two semifinal games, it was the University of Texas-Arlington (UTA) and Alabama who took the lead and will meet in Saturday's championship game at Lakeshore Foundation. In the men's first semifinal, Texas-Arlington gained an early 14-9 lead, but Wisconsin-Whitewater narrowed it to only two points going into halftime. Just four minutes into the second, Whitewater took their first lead, 37-36. But UTA proved they belong in the championship game with excellent shooting and defense regaining the lead to a 65-53 victory over Whitewater.
Later the Alabama men and Illinois men battled each other in the second semifinal game. The Fighting Illini held a narrow lead throughout the first of the game as Illinois' Hiroaki Kozai scored shot after shot. The Crimson Tide returned from the half with a vengeance finding an early lead and holding fast to win 66-52. Alabama's Arambula led scoring with 31 points on the board. Nong and Kozai both scored 20 points for Illinois.
Tournament Recaps - Day 1
March 7, 2013 - Day One of the 2013 National Intercollegiate Wheelchair Basketball Tournament opened with competition in the Men's bracket. #1 seed, University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, beat University of Missouri 66-52. Derrick Bisnett was the high scorer for UWW with 25, Carter Arey was the top scorer with 22 for the Tigers. The Illinois Men bested Edinboro 73-29 in their first game of the tourney. Top scorers were Nik Goncin with 20 for the Illini and Edinboro's Cyle Schriver with 13.
Auburn University was bested by The University of Texas Arlington in their first match up 21-69. Kri Shannon had 20 for UTA and Jared Rhem led with 8 for AU. The Crimson Tide, the #2 seed in the 2013 championship, faced Southwest Minnesota State with the Tide winning 59-31. Ryan Hynes was the top scorer for Alabama with 18; Derek Klinkner had 15 for the Mustangs.
The Men's competition continues Friday at 9 a.m. with Auburn vs. Missouri and Edinboro vs. Southwest Minnesota State. Play continues for the men at 3 p.m. with UW-Whitewater vs. UT-Arlington and Alabama vs. Illinois Men at 5 p.m.
The Women's Division will open Friday at 1 p.m. when The University of Alabama takes on Illinois.
The 2013 National Intercollegiate Wheelchair Basketball Tournament hosted by The University of Alabama at Lakeshore Foundation is free and open to the public. The tournament continues through Saturday.
Lakeshore Foundation serves as the host facility for this year's National Championship tournament. Lakeshore is an internationally renowned organization. Annually the foundation serves over 4000 individuals through fitness, recreation, sports and research. From infants to men and women well into their 90's, Lakeshore seeks to meet the needs of individuals and families with physical disabilities through their world-class facility and programs. The Lakeshore Foundation also serves as home for for USA Paralympic training, as well as injured military personnel and their families from across the country.
The Lakeshore Foundation is located in Homewood, Alabama, near the intersection of Lakeshore Drive and U.S. Highway 31, and only a couple of miles from I-65 at Lakeshore Drive. Use the linked map below for driving directions.
This year, the men's tournament is a simple 8 team single elimination tournament. Efforts have been made to ensure that a team does not play two games on a single day, with the exception of the 5th/6th place game and 7th/8th place games on Friday.
The women's tournament will also be a single elimination tournament. However, there will be two games on Thursday to open the tournament that will be friendly competitions and not affect the bracket. Women's teams may also choose to use this time as a shoot-around practice rather than a competitive contest.
Following the final championship game, there will be an awards reception in the Lakeshore facility. The reception will be an banquet where we honor or award winners as well as Hall of Fame honorees. The reception will be catered by Jim 'N Nick's at a cost of $15 per person. The setting will be somewhat informal with no assigned seating, and a variety of self serving stations and food choices.