Defending champions United States came from behind to beat Canada today and win the men's 2017 International Wheelchair Basketball Federation (IWBF) Americas Cup title in Cali.
Two-time Paralympic medallist and co-captain Steven Serio was America's top scorer as they defeated their rivals 54-50 at the Evangelista Mora Coliseum in the Colombian city.
Serio amassed 22 points, eight rebounds and six assists.
The US scored the first points of the match but Canada fought back and gained the lead with just under nine minutes remaining in the second quarter at 19-17.
The Canadians maintained their advantage until the final minutes of the game when Rio 2016 gold medallist Jake Williams made a jump shot and put the US ahead at 49-48.
Williams, the only other player to register double figures for the US with 10 points, then assisted Jared Arambula on the next possession with a crafty lay-up.
It gave the US a 51-48 lead that ultimately proved to be unassailable.
Patrick Anderson and Nikola Goncin were the top scorers for Canada with 23 and 11 points respectively.
Anderson also managed 11 rebounds, while Goncin had 10.
Yesterday’s semi-finals saw the US beat Argentina 50-36 and Canada defeat Brazil 69-43.
All four teams have secured their place at next year’s IWBF World Championships, scheduled to take place in German city Hamburg.
Argentina overcame Brazil 68-57 in today’s bronze medal match.
The women’s final involved the same two nations as that of the men’s equivalent, but it was Canada who triumphed on this occasion, 82-56.
Canada had established a 15-3 lead by the end of the first quarter, led by some precision shooting from Cindy Ouellet.
The US, determined to keep the game within their grasp, made a concerted effort at the start of the second quarter and outscored Canada.
The Canadians came back to equal America's output and increase their advantage to 17 points by half-time.
The teams exchanged baskets following the break until Canada started to widen the gap further to go up by 22 points at the end of the third quarter.
They continued in this vein through the fourth quarter to earn the victory and secure the gold medal.
Ouellet led the Canadians' scoring with a game-high 35 points, while Arinn Young added 15 points with seven rebounds.
Abigail Dunkin topped the US’s scoring charts with 19 points and was followed by Lindsey Zurbrugg with 18.
In the bronze medal match, Brazil beat Argentina 48-29.