|CANADIAN TIRE CENTER|
|Pts: Joel Friesen – 15||Pts: Thomas Scrubb – 22|
|Reb: 3 Players (#08, #10, #TM – 6)||Reb: Tyson Hinz – 10|
|Ast: Czar Robotham – 4||Ast: 2 Players (|
|Field Goal %||31.7% (20-63)||43.3% (26-60)|
|Pts off Turnovers||9||15|
|2nd Chance Pts||13||19|
|Pts in the Paint||18||24|
Courtesy of host organizing committee / Photo creditValerie Wutti
OTTAWA (CIS) – The second-seeded Carleton UniversityRavens will look for a record 10th national title on Sundayfollowing a 79-55 victory over the No. 3 University of AlbertaGolden Bears in the first of semifinal at the ArcelorMittal DofascoCIS men’s basketball championship Saturday evening at theCanadian Tire Centre.
The Ravens’ win means they will have a chance at theirfourth straight W. P. McGee Trophy title and their 10th in 12years.
The game opened with Alberta’s Joel Friesen and CIS playerof the year Philip Scrubb trading three-pointers before the GoldenBears jumped out to a quick lead.
The lead was only momentary as the Ravens grabbed the lead offConnor Wood’s three-pointer. Carleton led 16-10 at thebreak.
The Ravens opened the second frame with nine straight pointsbefore the Golden Bears could even get on the board.
Once the Golden Bears got on the board they didn’t stopgoing on a 15-4 run to close out the frame and trim theRavens’ lead, capped off with a long two-pointer fromfifth-year forward Robert Dewar.
The Ravens took a 29-25 lead to halftime, even though theyfailed to score in the last four minutes of the half.
The third quarter was completely dominated by the defendingchamps.
It took almost four minutes before Clinton Springer-Williams wasable to score the first field goal of the stanza, but once he didthe Ravens offence exploded for an 18-1 run.
The Golden Bears finally scored their lone field goal of theframe eight and a half minutes into the quarter and were outscored23-4.
“The third quarter was probably one of our best defensivequarters,” said Ravens forward Tyson Hinz, who picked up adouble-double with 13 points and 10 rebounds. “Defence winschampionships. Our coaches always preach it.”
By the end of the fourth quarter, the Scrubb brothers, Thomas andPhilip, had more points combined (34) than the entire Golden Bearsteam. Thomas, who earned game-MVP honours for the winners, finishedwith a match-high 22 points and Philip had 21.
“I think in the third quarter Phil played a lot morecomfortably,” said Ravens head coach Dave Smart.“They’re good players and we got them in space and theymade some good decisions.”
The fourth period was fast-paced and featured the highest scoreof the night, but the Golden Bears were unable to mount a comebackas Carleton outscored them 27-26 in the final frame.
Carleton will play in tomorrow’s gold medal game at 2 p.m.– live on Sportsnet – against the winner of tonight’ssecond semifinal between No. 4 Victoria and top-seeded Ottawa,which upset the Ravens 78-77 in last week’s OUA final.
“If we’re going to win tomorrow, it’s allgoing to become defense. We can’t rely on our offence, onething we can control is our defence,” Hinz said.“It’s still one more game. It doesn’t meananything if we lose it.”
Friesen led Alberta with 15 points and CIS first teamall-Canadian forward Jordan Baker finished with six rebounds andnine points.
The Golden Bears will tip off against the loser ofVictoria-Ottawa for CIS bronze at 10:30 a.m.
ALB 10-15-4-26: 55
CAR 16-13-23-27: 79
Points: Thomas Scrubb (22), Philip Scrubb (21), Tyson Hinz(13), Connor Wood (12)
Rebounds: Tyson Hinz (10), Kevin Churchill (8), Thomas Scrubb(7)
Assists: Tyson Hinz (6), Philip Scrubb (6)
Player of the game: Thomas Scrubb
Points: Joel Friesen (15), Mamadou Gueye (12)
Rebounds: Sahr Saffa (6), Jordan Baker (6)
Assists: Czar Robotham (4)
Player of the game: Mamadou Gueye
CHAMPIONSHIPSCHEDULE (all times EASTERN TIME)
Friday, March 7
12:30 Quarter-final 1: Alberta 72, Saint Mary’s62
14:30 Quarter-final 2: Carleton 82, McMaster 64
17:30 Quarter-final 3: Victoria 63, McGill 54
20:00 Quarter-final 4: Ottawa 94, Saskatchewan 73
Saturday, March 8
12:30 Consolation 1: McMaster 98, Saint Mary’s71
14:30 Consolation 2: Saskatchewan 75, McGill 59
18:00 Semifinal 1: Carleton 79, Alberta 55
20:00 Semifinal 2: No. 4 Victoria vs. No. 1 Ottawa (Sportsnet 360 /www.CIS-SIC.tv *)
* The webcast of all 3 televised games (semifinals & final)will be on pay-per-view basis.
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