Chilliwack’s Ben Hagkull (right) got his feet wet in international competition, wearing Canadian colours at the World U-23 Wheelchair Basketball Championships. The teenager is seen here defending against a Turkey shooter. WHEELCHAIR BASKETBALL CANADA PHOTO

Chilliwack’s Hagkull sees action at World Wheelchair Basketball Championships

Used in a reserve role, the Chilliwack secondary school student made the most of limited minutes.

Ben Hagkull’s Canadian crew fell 76-68 to Germany last Thursday, wrapping up a sixth place finish at the World U-23 Wheelchair Basketball Championships.

Canada played one game a day from June 8-15, finishing with a record of 3-4.

The tournament was played in Toronto.

Hagkull started the tournament playing zero minutes in a 66-35 win over Italy, but the Chilliwack secondary school student saw more minutes as Canada advanced.

He played 4:16 and picked up a defensive rebound in Canada’s second game, a 62-58 loss to Australia.

The teenager played 4:29 and had a foul vs Iran (68-59 win), and took his first shot (missed) while playing 6:46 in a 70-38 loss to Turkey.

Hagkull played three minutes against Brazil (62-37 win), none vs Japan (58-45 loss) and 2:16 in the finale vs Germany.

Great Britain ended up taking top spot in the 12 team tournament, beating Turkey in the gold-medal game.

Australia claimed bronze.

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