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PHILADELPHIA–The 15th-ranked Charlottesville Cardinals wheelchair basketball team went 5-0 this past weekend in Philadelphia to claim the championship trophy at the annual Carousel House tournament.
The Cardinals opened play on Friday night against the 18th-ranked Keystone Royals and despite falling behind in the early moments rebounded to establish a 29-19 halftime lead en route to a solid 56-42 victory. The Cardinals’ Mike Looney led all scorers with 23 points, followed by Brandon Rush with 8, Cort Thomas with 7, Andrea Woodson-Smith and Tom Vandever with 6 each, Chris Robinson with 3, and Jeremy Smith and Derry Hill with 2 apiece.
The Cardinals cruised in their Saturday morning match, overpowering the Washington, DC Air Capital squad, 72-23. Mike Looney again led Cardinals’ scorers with 13 points, followed by Jeremy Smith and Andrea Woodson-Smith with 10 each, Brandon Rush with 9, India Sims and Chris Robinson with 8 each, Eddie Wimbish with 6, Tom Vandever with 4, and Cort Thomas and Derry Hill with 2 each. All Cardinals’ players scored in the game.
The Cardinals then tangled with a scrappy University of Pennsylvania-Edinboro squad in Saturday’s afternoon tilt and struggled in the first half as Edinboro scratched out a 22-17 halftime advantage. Charlottesville regrouped in the second half with an aggressive full court press and Edinboro was unable to maintain the pace as the Cardinals notched a convincing 59-37 win. Mike Looney had 27 points, followed by Andrea Woodson-Smith with 8, Chris Robinson with 7, Brandon Rush with 5, Cort Thomas with 3, and Tom Vandever and Derry Hill with 2 each.
In the Sunday morning elimination game the Cardinals once again eased past Air Capital, this time 62-21. Tom Vandever and Mike Looney had 12 points apiece, followed by Chris Robinson and Derry Hill with 8 each, India Sims and Andrea Woodson-Smith with 6 each, and Cort Thomas with 3.
The win put the Cardinals into the championship game–again facing the 18th-ranked Keystone Royals. This time Charlottesville started strongly and after taking a 2-1 lead in the opening minute never trailed in the game. The Cardinals built a 26-18 lead at the break but the Royals didn’t fold and made two strong rallies in the second half before the Cardinals put away the 57-48 victory. Mike Looney led all scorers with 25 points, followed by Andrea Woodson-Smith, Cort Thomas, Tom Vandever, and Brandon Rush–all with 6 points each, Chris Robinson with 4, and Jeremy Smith and Derry Hill with 2 each. Mike Looney received the tournament’s “Top Scorer” award.
The Cardinals are now 19-16 on the season. Final seedings for the National Wheelchair Basketball Association’s national tournament (April 4th-6th) will be announced this week. The Cardinals are currently ranked 15th in the country.
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About the Cardinals
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.
Please browse the website to learn more about us. For a current roster and team statistics, visit the team page. To see the Cardinals in action, see our media page or look at the event schedule and see us in person. If you have any questions or would like to schedule the Cardinals for a demonstration, please contact our team coordinator via the contact page. Thanks for visiting!