Cardinals fall in semi-finals
Despite an optimistic outlook, Charlottesville's 2nd best-known basketball team was knocked out of the Final Four earlier today. In a wild battle with the Dallas Movin' Mavericks, the wheelchair-bound, Charlottesville-based basketball team, the Cardinals, lost in overtime, 69-67.
"Our guys really gave it their all," says Cardinals coach Tom Vandever, "but ultimately it just wasn't quite enough."
Vandever reports that Arthur Tracy had 23 points, Eddie Wimbish had 15, "TV" had 12, Joey Leavitt had 8, Brandon Rush had 7, and Chris Robinson had 2.
"We had a couple of heart-stopping moments when Arthur Tracy's shot with four seconds left in regulation rolled around the rim and off, and again when Joey Leavitt's shot at the end of the overtime rolled around and down and out of the rim."
Charlottesville's wheelchair basketball champs, a Division II team– the most competitive of its three teams– were competing in the Final Four of the National Wheelchair Basketball League's biggest annual tournament in Lexington, Kentucky.
In the other semi-final, the Arkansas Rollin' Razorbacks beat the Golden State Road Warriors 80-65, so tomorrow it will be Dallas vs. Arkansas for the national championship which will be webcast on the National Wheelchair Basketball Association's website.