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Cardinals Fall Short Against Shepherd

| April 6, 2014

LOUISVILLE, KY–The Charlottesville Cardinals wheelchair basketball team dropped their final game in the NWBA national championship tournament to the #11 Atlanta Shepherd Stealers, 57-49.

The loss meant that the 16th-ranked Cardinals will finish their 34th season still ranked #16 with a 19-20 season record.

“A friend offered us some consolation, saying ‘sometimes you eat the bear and sometimes the bear eats you,” said player-coach Tom Vandever. “Unfortunately we were bear bait all week.”

The Cardinals started strong behind some hot shooting by Brandon Rush and Chris Robinson as the lead repeatedly changed hands throughout the first half before Shepherd gained a one point advantage at the break, 29-28.

Shepherd built a ten-point lead with eight minutes to play after the Charlottesville offense sputtered, and the Cardinals’ rally faltered as Shepherd knocked down their free throws to ice the game.

Mike Looney led all Cardinals’ scorers with 20 points, followed by Brandon Rush and Chris Robinson with 10 points each, Arthur Tracy with 4, and Eddie Wimbish, Andrea Woodson-Smith, and Tom Vandever with 2 apiece.

Shepherd’s Gavin Cloy led all scorers with 35 points.


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The Charlottesville Cardinals are a nationally ranked wheelchair basketball team based in Charlottesville, VA. The team was formed in 1980 to provide athletes with disabilities an opportunity for exercise and competitive recreation as well as to educate the general public concerning the capabilities of individuals with disabilities. Since its formation, over 375 area athletes with disabilities have participated with the Cardinals and they have performed in front of over 75,000 people across the U.S. and Canada.

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