CIS men’s basketball Friday roundup: Ravens beat No. 1 Gee-Gees in front of record crowd

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2015 Capital Hoops Carleton vs Ottawa – CIS regular season record crowd 10,780 / Photo credit Jesse Colautti

Feb 06, 2015

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Acadia 91 UPEI 93 Final Box Score
Dalhousie 64 Cape Breton 91 Final Box Score | Recap

Source: Cape Breton Sports Info

SYDNEY, N.S.- The Cape Breton University Capers shook off their loss to UPEI last weekend and improved to 7-1 at Sullivan Fieldhouse with a big win over the Dalhousie Tigers on Friday night. The Capers were in control throughout the game, defeating the Tigers by a score of 91-64.

Akeem Isaac-Phillip continued to make his presence known in the Capers offence on Friday night with game-high 25 points, to go along with four rebounds and five assists.

Aside from Isaac-Phillip, Cape Breton had a balanced offensive attack. Cedric Kasongo had 13 points, while Seth Amoah had 12 points which included a big dunk for CBU.

Meschack Lufile played limited minutes in the first half after committing two personal fouls early in the first quarter, however he bounced back a bit in the second half. Lufile finished with 10 points, going 4-6 from the field.

Kashrell Lawrence led the way for Dalhousie with 12 points and seven rebounds, while Sven Stammberger contributed with 11 points. John Traboulsi came off the bench and scored 10 points for the Tigers.

The Capers were in control throughout the first half, and took a 41-31 lead into the break. CBU’s stellar first half was sparked by two amazing “and-ones” from point guard, Akeem Isaac-Phillip to get the Capers on the board.

In the second half, the Capers rode a huge fourth quarter to a victory over the Dalhousie Tigers. The Capers won the fourth quarter 32-14 and had contributions from their entire team.

The win moved the Capers to 8-8 on the season, sitting in fourth place in the AUS behind third place Dalhousie. Cape Breton has a big rematch against Dalhousie tomorrow afternoon at Sullivan Fieldhouse. Saturday’s game is set for 4 p.m.

UQAM 57 Bishop’s 81 Final Box Score
Algoma 62 Laurier 82 Final Box Score
Windsor 78 Laurentian 65 Final Box Score
Western 86 Nipissing 65 Final Box Score

Source: Nipissing Sports Info

It was another tight contest for the majority of the game, but a few minutes of cold shooting ended up hurting the Nipissing Lakers men’s basketball team.

Against a strong Western Mustangs team, the Lakers knew they couldn’t afford any slip up, and while the effort was there, the Mustangs hit some key shots and ended up with an 86-65 victory.

After a tough first quarter, where the Lakers found themselves down 21-12, they put together 20 straight minutes of very strong basketball and played even with the Western Mustangs.

At the half, the Lakers trailed 38-30 and then after three quarters, they were only down by nine, but they couldn’t sustain that pace and slipped up in the final quarter as the Mustangs walked away with the win.

Pacing the Lakers offensively was Marcus Lewis who had a big game, putting up 20 points including a monster jam in the third quarter to get everyone in the building on their feet.

Marcos Clennon continued his solid year with 14 points and Wil Konybai has been hot of late, scoring 10 points for Nipissing.

The Lakers will now turn their attention to the number five team in the country, the Windsor Lancers, who will pay a visit to Nipissing Saturday night.

The game will make the final home game of the season for the Lakers, who will play their final four games on the road following Saturday’s contest.

Tip-off is set for 8 p.m. at the RJS Nipissing Athletic Centre.

Ottawa 66 Carleton 79 Final Box Score

Source: Nicholas Boon, Carleton

OTTAWA – The #2 Carleton Ravens took care of business against the #1 Ottawa Gee-Gees in the MBNA Capital Hoops Classic in the nation’s capital.

It was a CIS regular season attendance record of 10, 780 at the Canadian Tire Centre for the much-anticipated re-match of the country’s top two programs.

From the opening tip it was impossible to take your eyes off the court. First a floater from Thomas Scrubb. Then a short jumper from Johnny Berhanemeskel. Then a three. Then a pair of free-throws. Then a put-back.

After an Ottawa scoring drought of almost three minutes, the Ravens would pull ahead to an early 11-4 lead. Another jumper from Berhanemeskel gave the Gee-Gees life again, as the teams traded baskets for the remainder of the quarter.

Carleton led 24-15 after the first.

A three from Philip Scrubb started the second for the Ravens. Then another look from Thomas Scrubb inside. All of a sudden Carleton had a 30-17 advantage.

But Ottawa answered quickly, with a three from Mike L’Africain then another floater from Berhanemeskel. Back-to-back buckets from Matt Plunkett cut the deficit to just 5, forcing a Carleton timeout from Head Coach Dave Smart.

With the Scrubb brothers finding baskets inside, and a pair of threes from Gavin Resch, the Ravens were able to re-establish a 46-35 lead heading into the half.

Thomas Scrubb (16 points, 7 rebounds) led the way for Carleton, who shot 49% from the field (42% from downtown). Resch, Philip Scrubb, and Connor Wood all finished with 8 points in the half.

Meanwhile Berhanemeskel (16 points, 3 assists) paced the Gee-Gees, who shot an impressive 50% from the floor and 6-9 from downtown. Ottawa also committed 8 turnovers (while the Ravens gave it up just once) before the break.

Ottawa came out firing in the third – with a three from Caleb Agada and a long jumper from L’Africain – bringing the score to within four.

And then Berhanemeskel got hot, hitting three consecutive lay-ups for the Gee-Gees to give Ottawa a 54-51 lead with 2:30 to play in the quarter. But a quick pair of baskets in response gave the Ravens a 55-54 edge heading into the fourth.

Early in the final frame Jean Emmanuel Pierre-Charles made his mark hitting back-to-back buckets to give Carleton some breathing room. Then it was the Thomas Scrubb show again, who went on a 7-point burst to give the Ravens a 66-57 lead.

Despite a late push the Gee-Gees couldn’t find their way back into it. With Carleton hitting their free-throws, the Ravens walked away victorious.

“I thought we did a pretty good job defensively for the most part. They are tough, they have a lot of talent,” said Smart afterwards.

Thomas Scrubb finished with a double-double of 29 points and 12 rebounds – both game-highs. Philip Scrubb (13 points, 5 assists, 6 rebounds), Resch (13 points, 3-6 from three), and Wood (10 points) all finished in double figures for the Ravens.

Berhanemeskel had an impressive nights of his own, piling up 28 points on 10-17 shooting. L’Africain (11 points, 7 rebounds) and Plunkett (10 points) also chipped in for the Gee-Gees offense.

Both teams had excellent shooting nights from the floor (Carleton 43%, Ottawa 40%) and from the line (both 75%). But a 43-35 rebounding advantage for the Ravens and 12 Ottawa turnovers proved to be the Gee-Gees downfall.

Lakehead 73 Toronto 70 Final Box Score
UBC 76 Regina 64 Final Box Score
Victoria 80 Brandon 71 Final Box Score
Saskatchewan 83 Lethbridge 88 Final Box Score

Source: Lethbridge Sports Info

Lethbridge – With their playoff lives on the line, the Pronghorns came out with a new level of energy and a sense of urgency, going toe-to-toe with the fifth-ranked Huskies to pull off the 88-83 upset.

With the win the ‘Horns improve to 7-10 and keep their playoff hopes alive. With the Manitoba Bisons on a bye this weekend, the ‘Horns move within two games of the Bisons but will have to win their final three games of the season and hope for some help next weekend as the Bisons hold the tie breaker .

The loss drops the Huskies to 12-5 on the season and snaps an eight-game winning streak. The loss also drops the Huskies out of a first place tie in the Pioneer Division after the Victoria Vikes beat the Brandon Bobcats.

For the entire opening quarter the teams went back and forth, trading not only baskets but turnovers. In the end the ‘Horns held a 18-15 lead after the first 10 minutes with both teams committing six turnovers.

Despite both teams struggling to take care of the ball, when they did get shots off, both the Huskies and ‘Horns had an exceptional shooting quarter. The Huskies were 50% from the floor and the ‘Horns were even better, hitting over 58%.

Riding one of their better quarters of the season, the ‘Horns were even more impressive in the second. With fourth-year guard Rob Olsen and freshman guard Zac Overwater leading the charge, the Pronghorns built a 14-point lead at the half. Olsen picked up 14 first half points and Overwater was a perfect 5 for 5 from the field en route to 13 points as the ‘Horns poured in 30 points in the second and held a 48-32 lead.

For the ‘Huskies, Connor Burns led the way with 10 points, while Huskies leading scorer Dadrian Collins was held pointless in the half.

Despite shooting the lights out in the first half and then opening a 21-point lead early in the third, the ‘Horns went cold later in the third, only hitting six total shots in the quarter while the Huskies climbed all the way back with a 32 point explosion. A Ben Baker bucket at the end the third sent the ‘Huskies into the final quarter up 64-62 setting up a wild final 10 minutes.

Continuing his hot hand, Overwater opened the fourth with a basket to knot the score and kick start a 9-2 run to give the ‘Horns the lead back but neither team would give an inch and it went down to the wire.

Olsen’s three to put the ‘Horns up five with less than a minute to play looked to be the dagger the ‘Horns needed but a pair of Huskies free throws from Collins and a forced Pronghorn turnover gave the Huskies some life with 20 seconds remaining.

Off a Collins long three miss, Shane Osayand was able to out jump the ‘Horns big men and tip the ball in cutting the lead to one with 13.4 second left. With no time outs remaining and forced to foul, the ‘Huskies could not get the miss they needed from the charity stripe as Olsen and Jason Nysten hit both of their free throws to seal the win.

Olsen led all scorers on the night with 30 points for the Pronghorns, while Overwater was 9 for 12 from the floor for 23 points.

Following a scoreless opening half, Collins led the Huskies comeback, scoring 17 second half points to lead the Huskies. Ben Baker chipped in with 15 and Connor Burns had 12.

The ‘Horns and Huskies will hit the hardwood again tomorrow night at the 1st Choice Savings Centre. Tip-off is set for 7:00pm and the game will also be streamed live on http://canadawest.tv.

UBC Okanagan 70 MacEwan 82 Final Box Score
Winnipeg 93 Trinity Western 76 Final Box Score
UFV 77 UNBC 71 Final Box Score
Mount Royal 89 Thompson Rivers 79 Final Box Score

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