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Bluenose basketball battle at Special Olympics Aug. 3

Rob MacLean of Team Nova Scotia Halifax uses a left-handed dribble to challenge the defense of Taylor Pelton of Team Nova Scotia Cobequid in basketball action Friday morning on ‘Coach K’ Court at St. F.X.’s Oland Centre during the Special Olympics Canada 2018 Summer Games in Antigonish. Corey LeBlanc
Rob MacLean of Team Nova Scotia Halifax uses a left-handed dribble to challenge the defense of Taylor Pelton of Team Nova Scotia Cobequid in basketball action Friday morning on ‘Coach K’ Court at St. F.X.’s Oland Centre during the Special Olympics Canada 2018 Summer Games in Antigonish. Corey LeBlanc - Corey LeBlanc

Team Nova Scotia squads hit the hardwood Friday morning

ANTIGONISH, N.S. - It was a Bluenose battle on the basketball court Friday morning at the Special Olympics Canada 2018 Summer Games in Antigonish.    

Team Nova Scotia Halifax edged Team Nova Scotia Cobequid 22-16 on "Coach K" Court at St. F.X.’s Oland Centre Aug. 3.  

“It has been a lot of fun,” Rob MacLean, 18, said of his national Games’ experience.    

The Team Nova Scotia Halifax guard has played with Special Olympics for more than six years.    

“I like to score and pass,” the Halifax native said, with a smile, naming Russell Westbrook of the Oklahoma City Thunder as his favourite NBA player.    

Another sharpshooter – Stephen Curry of the world champion Golden State Warriors – tops the list for Jesse Schofield, who is in his second year with Special Olympics.    

“It is my favourite sport,” the 19-year-old Team Nova Scotia player, who also participates in floor hockey, said.    

Schofield said the best part of his Special Olympics’ experience is “making new friends.”    

“I love that,” he added.    

Games’ basketball wraps up Saturday afternoon, with medal presentations scheduled for 4 p.m.    

Hoops are just one of the sports featured on the final day of competition; there will be action – and medals awarded – in athletics, bocce, golf, rhythmic gymnastics, soccer, softball and swimming.    

The closing ceremony is set for 7 p.m. Saturday at the St. F.X. Keating Centre.

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