|CANADIAN TIRE CENTRE|
|Pts: Tyson Hinz – 30||Pts: Johnny Berhanemeskel – 19|
|Reb: TEAM – 9||Reb: Terry Thomas – 7|
|Ast: Tyson Hinz – 5||Ast: 2 Players (#08, #11 – 5)|
|Field Goal %||42.4% (25-59)||35.4% (23-65)|
|Pts off Turnovers||19||0|
|2nd Chance Pts||29||12|
|Pts in the Paint||28||16|
Courtesy of host organizing committee / Photocredit Valerie Wutti
OTTAWA (CIS) – The Carleton Ravens are still the best teamin CIS men’s basketball team. The tournament’s secondseed won their fourth straight W.P. McGee Trophy, and their record10th in 12 years, thanks to a 79-67 gold-medal victory overtop-ranked and cross-town rival Ottawa at the ArcelorMittal Dofascochampionship at the Canadian Tire Centre, Sunday afternoon.
The game opened on a defensive note as the teams traded chances,but failed to get any kind of offensive run going.
It took over two minutes for Philip Scrubb, the reigningthree-time CIS player of the year, to sink Carleton’s firstfield goal of the contest, but then the offence picked up for bothteams.
Carleton led for most of the first quarter, but the Gee-Geeswere never far behind and the score at the end of the frame saw theRavens up 16-14.
The Gee-Gees offence picked up some steam to open the secondquarter opening on an 8-0 run thanks to big three pointers fromJohnny Berhanemeskel and Terry Thomas.
The Ravens answered with back-to-back three balls from TysonHinz and Scrubb.
The stanza featured fast paced, back and forth action with theRavens leading 37-35 at halftime.
Ottawa once again came out firing on all cylinders to open thethird quarter, but Carleton had an answer every time the Gee-Geeshad an offensive surge.
“Ottawa U is a good team,” Hinz said. “That isby far the best team I think I’ve played in my five yearshere.”
The Ravens offence took over and opened up a ten-point leadthanks to a pair of free throws from Hinz, who had atournament-high 30 points, to go with six rebounds and fiveassists. Playing in his final university contest, the forward fromOttawa was named Carleton player of game, received the Jack DonohueTrophy as championship MVP for the second time in his career, andwas voted a tourney all-star for the fourth straight year.
“He really won this game for us. I think Tyson was thedifference, he played really well and he carried our team,”said Scrubb, who scored 16 points but struggled from the floor inthe final, hitting on only three of 14 field goal attempts.
Carleton led 58-49 going into the final stanza.
It was a lead the champs never gave up. Although they onlyextended their advantage by three points in the final quarter, theRavens held off a potent Ottawa offence that led CIS with 96.4points per game in the regular season.
“We’ve seen each other so many times, there’sonly so much you can do,” said Ravens head coach Dave Smart,whose troops went 33-1 overall this season against CIS competition,losing only to the Gee-Gees, 78-77, in last weekend’s OUAfinal. “We just tried to change how we approached thedefensive end in terms of intensity, in terms of staying intensefor forty minutes.”
Thomas Scrubb, the CIS defensive player of the year this seasonand last year’s tournament MVP, was once again terrific forthe Ravens. The fourth-year forward accompanied Hinz on theall-star team after he had a game-high eight rebounds and chippedin on offence with 20 points.
Berhanemeskel led the Gee-Gees with 19 points and Thomas had ateam-high seven rebounds in the loss. They both earned a spot onthe tournament’s dream team.
Carleton was clutch on free throws in the game, shooting 84 percent from the line.
The victory makes Carleton the first team to win back to backchampionships as the host. Last year they defeated the LakeheadUniversity Thunderwolves 92-42 in front of their hometown fans aswell.
“It’s crazy, you can see how much people care aboutbasketball here,” said Philip Scrubb. “The atmospherewas great and there were a lot of fans on both sides.”
Between the two finalists, only two players have played outtheir CIS eligibility. The Gee-Gees could have their entire rosterreturn next year, while Hinz and forward Kevin Churchill are theRavens graduating players.
“These guys are special kids. I’m so happy for Kevinand Ty,” said Smart.
Ottawa head coach James Derouin was both proud of his squad andcomplimentary of the winners.
“The guys played their hearts out. They should be very,very proud. Last year we set a new team standard with CIS bronze,and this year we improved to silver. It’s still not thecolour we want but we’re heading in the right direction
“You can’t say enough about Carleton. They keepsetting the bar higher. Hats off to them, they deserve all theaccolades.”
CAR 16-21-21-21: 79
OTT 14-21-14-18: 67
Points: Tyson Hinz (30), Thomas Scrubb (20), Philip Scrubb (16)
Rebounds: Thomas Scrubb (8), Kevin Churchill (7), Philip Scrubb(7)
Assists: Tyson Hinz (5)
Player of the game: Tyson Hinz
Points: Johnny Berhanemeskel (19), Caleb Agada (15), Terry Thomas(14)
Rebounds: Terry Thomas (7), Caleb Agada (5)
Assists: Mike L’Africain (5), Johnny Berhanemeskel (5)
Player of the game: Caleb Agada
Tournament MVP (Jack Donohue Trophy): TysonHinz, Carleton
R.W. Pugh Fair Play Award: Chris McLaughlin,Victoria
Tyson Hinz, Carleton
Thomas Scrubb, Carleton
Johnny Berhanemeskel, Ottawa
Terry Thomas, Ottawa
Jordan Baker, Alberta
CHAMPIONSHIPSCHEDULE (all times EASTERN TIME)
Friday, March 7
12:30 Quarter-final 1: Alberta 72, Saint Mary’s 62
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’s 71
14:30 Consolation 2: Saskatchewan 75, McGill 59
18:00 Semifinal 1: Carleton 79, Alberta 55
20:00 Semifinal 2: Ottawa 78, Victoria 70
Sunday, March 9
10:30 Bronze: Alberta 61, Victoria 53
14:00 Final: Carleton 79, Ottawa 67
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