CIS men’s basketball Friday roundup: Lancers upset Gee-Gees, advance to OUA final versus Ravens

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Mar 06, 2015

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Windsor 85 Ottawa 80 Final Box Score | Recap
OUA Semi-Final #1

The Gee-Gees quest for a second consecutive Wilson Cup is over as the Windsor Lancers will advance to after upsetting the Gee-Gees on Friday night in the opening game of the OUA Final Four tournament. Windsor’s Mitch Ferrell delivered the dagger for Windsor in the fourth quarter on a deep contested three which put the Lancers ahead by five which ended up being the turning point in the game.

When looking at the big picture the Gee-Gees were able to accomplish their game plan and stay neck and neck with in the rebounding category with the Lancers but it appeared to be a question of timing on this night. Windsor was able to come up with more big shots in the final quarter while forcing the Gee-Gees into tough shots. As a team Windsor shot 56.7 per cent from the field in the second half.

“We really emphasise confidence around the team, so the guys can have the power to go out on the court and make big shots. We had a really good second half in terms of scoring and when you play a team with as many offensive weapons as they have you have to make shots,” said Windsor head coach Chris Oliver.

The Lancers defense was excellent in the final quarter forcing the Gee-Gees to make tough shots every trip up the floor. Ferrell was important in the victory for the Lancers hitting a tough three-pointer with just over a minutes remaining to put his team ahead by five. In the end it would be enough to give Windsor the upset win at Montpetit hall.

Alex Campbell led the Lancers offence with 20 points and eight rebounds on 8-14 shooting from the field. Mitch Ferrell also chipped in offensively with 16 points and five boards.

“Windsor did a very good job against us on defense. It was small things all game long that killed us but in the end we just didn’t play well enough to win this one. We didn’t do the things we talked about all week in practice and that’s really disappointing. They jumped all over every mistake that we made so we really have to give them credit,” said uOttawa head coach James Derouin.

After the Gee-Gees led for most of the first half, Windsor was able to grind its way back into the game by pounding the offensive glass on the Gee-Gees, bringing the score to 43-40 heading in the half time break. Caleb Agada sat out most of the first half after being assessed two fouls in the first quarter.

Agada made his presence felt right away out of the break, intercepting a pass and taking it cost-to-cost for the easy bucket, something that has become somewhat of a trademark for the third year forward. The forward finished the game with 15 points.

The third frame was more of the same as both teams battled hard trying to gain an edge in the game. Johnny Berhanemeskel carried the Gee-Gees offence in the second half, driving the lane while finding his teammates all over the floor, finishing the night with 19 points and seven assists. Khalid Abdel-Gabar hurt the Gee-Gees from lone throughout the game as the point guard shot 3-3 from long range on and 19 points on the night.

“Sometimes you just have to take a loss a assume responsibility and tonight is one of those nights I guess. It’s hard because of the stage of the season we are at right now,” said Gee-Gees star Johnny Berhanemeskel. “In life it’s hard to get second chances but tomorrow we have one and we have to make the most of it. “

The Gee-Gees will be back in action tomorrow night at 6:00 p.m. for the consolidation final.

Concordia 60 McGill 74 Final Box Score
RSEQ Demi-Finale #1

Source: Ryne Bondy & Earl Zukerman, McGill Sports Info

LENNOXVILLE, Que. — Sophomore Michael Peterkin matched a career-high with 16 points as top-seeded McGill conquered Concordia 74-60 to eliminate the third-seeded Stingers in a sudden-death men’s basketball semifinal at the RSEQ Final Four championship tournament, Friday, at the Mitchell gymnasium on the campus of Bishop’s University.

The Redmen advanced to Saturday’s league championship game against third-seeded Bishop’s, which defeated No.2 Laval 76-65 in Friday’s other semifinal. The RSEQ final will be streamed live from the Mitchell gym at 8 p.m., following the women’s final between McGill and UQAM at 5 p.m.

Peterkin, a 6-foot-4, 196-pound small forward from Toronto, had previously scored 16 in two preseason victories over Guelph and Brock last October. An economics major who is five days shy of his 20th birthday, Peterkin flashed a hot hand with a super 7-for-10 shooting performance, including a 1-for-3 effort from three-point range. Named as McGill’s player of the game, he also dropped one of three attempts from the free-throw line, to go along with three rebounds, one blocked shot, a steal and one assist.

A balanced McGill attack included three other players to reach double figures. Dele Ogundokun, the RSEQ defensive player of the year, scored 14 and both point-guards — Jenning Leung and Ave Bross — added 10. The Redmen bench also came up big outscoring the Concordia subs 20-10.

“Part of our success all year has been our balance,” said McGill coach David DeAveiro. “We don’t have one guy that can put up 20. I thought Ave gave us a big boost off the bench and was a key to us coming out on top.”

Mukiya Post was named player of the game for the losing side with a game-high 23 points. He shot 6-for-14 from the field including one trey ball and swished an impressive 10-of-10 from the free throw line.

The regular season champs had a strong start. McGill made some big shots and locked down defensively, which allowed them to jump to an early 25-7 lead. Concordia tightened up in the second quarter but still found themselves down big 35-19 at half.

“We got off to a great start and that was the difference in the game,” added DeAveiro. “We made some shots early and that gave us a ton of confidence.”

The Stingers made two runs in the second half but each time McGill weathered the storm and had an answer. Post made a layup at the 2:35 mark of the third quarter to cut the Redmen lead to 11 but by the first minute of the final frame that lead was back at 20.

Concordia made their final push with less than two minutes remaining as they got the game within 10. McGill was unfazed however, using a couple fast break dunks by Peterkin to put the game to bed.

“We talked about this being a boxing fight,” noted the McGill bench boss. “We knew we were going to get two hard punches and they gave us two hard punches. The first one we survived. They got it to 11 but then we got it back to 20 and we knew they had one left in them. When they came at us late we made one adjustment offensively and got some layups and then just held on.”

For the third straight year McGill and Bishop’s will tip-off in the RSEQ final. The Gaiters, who are no doubt sour from coming out on the wrong end in those meetings will have their home crowd behind them in their raucous venue.

“Our kids are focused and they really want this but it is going to be a madhouse here tomorrow,” said DeAveiro. “We have to be prepare for that.”

Victoria 86 UFV 61 Final Box Score | Recap
Canada West Semi-Final #1

Source: Nicole Betker, Sports Information Director, Huskie Athletics

SASKATOON – The University of Victoria Vikes will return to the Canada West final for the third straight season after an 86-61 win over the University of Fraser Valley Cascades Friday night at the conference final four tournament at the Physical Activity Complex in Saskatoon.

Victoria used a 27 point first quarter to secure the victory over the Explorer Division-first place Cascades. Fraser Valley came out cold to start the semifinal game allowing Victoria to an 11-0 lead before Canada West All-Star Jasper Moedt found the net for the Cascades. The Vikes led 27-12 after the first frame.

It is the third straight season the Vikes will vie for the Canada West title in the championship game and fourth straight season at the final four. The win also secures the Vikes a trip to the CIS Final 8 hosted by the Ryerson University Rams March 12-15 in Toronto.

Fraser Valley picked up the pace in the second quarter outscoring the Vikes 24-18 to pull within nine at halftime. But the scoring momentum didn’t last long for the Cascades and Victoria grew a 17-point lead at 67-50 by the end of the third quarter. Victoria continued to roll outscoring the Cascades 19-11 in the fourth for the 86-61 win.

The Vikes capitalized on Fraser Valley mistakes to help secure the win scoring 20 points from Cascades’ turnovers in the game.

Victoria finished the night shooting at 52%, while Fraser Valley shot at 41%.

Four Vikes scored double-digits in the win including Saskatoon native Mack Roth with 19 points. Canada West MVP Chris McLaughlin added another 17 points, while Canada West Third Team All-Star Marcus Tibbs notched a double-double with 15 points and 11 rebounds. Reiner Theil also chipped in 15 points and another nine rebounds.

Kevon Parchment led the Cascades with 17 points and seven rebounds in the loss. Nate Brown added another 14 points, while Moedt scored 10.

Victoria will face the winner of the UBC Thunderbirds-Saskatchewan Huskies semifinal Saturday night at 8 p.m., while Fraser Valley will meet the loser at 6 p.m. Both games can be viewed on canadawest.tv

Ryerson 80 Carleton 84 Final Box Score
OUA Semi-Final #2

Source: OUA Communications

OTTAWA – If one wasn’t shocking enough, there was nearly two upsets on Friday night at the OUA Final Four on the campus of University of Ottawa.

After watching the Ryerson Rams relentlessly come at them all night, the defending national champion Carleton Ravens waited for their opportunity and seized it in the final minutes, coming back to defeat the Rams 84-80 and advance to their ninth straight OUA Final.

Ryerson came out ready to play and carried the lead through the second quarter and built it to as many as seven before going into the half with a six point lead. The Rams took advantage of the Ravens missing shots in close by shooting 57 per cent on the other end in the first half.

Both teams were really attacking the basket all game long which made it a very back-and-forth battle.

Carleton started to make a couple of runs at the lead early in the second half. But Ryerson continued hang in and take the push back, turning it the other way to cling to the lead. They’d bend but not break until the Ravens laid it in for a one point lead in the final minute of the third, their first lead since the last minute of the first. That was short-lived as the Rams countered and finished the third quarter with a 64-61 lead.
The lead changed hands six more times from then on. With the score tied at 73 with 3:12 to go a Rams player accidentally knocked into his own basket to give the Ravens the lead. That was part of a 10-0 run for the Ravens as they started to dictate play. They held a six point lead with two minutes to go. But that did not seem to phase the Rams as they kept the same determined demeanour that had all game and continued to hang in.

With five seconds left, Jahmal Jones of the Rams knocked down a three to keep the game alive but Philip Scrubb was then fouled coming out of a timeout, sending him to line to ice it with two free throws.

“At halftime, we talked about getting a little more ball movement. We were getting a little stagnate with what we were doing offensively,” said head coach Dave Smart. “But, the big thing was we needed to do a better job defensively and get them out of their comfort zone. They’re one of the best teams in the country. Any time we play, we’re going to have a tough time beating a team like that.”

OUA defensive player of the year, Thomas Scrubb, earned Porter Player of the Game honours finishing with a game-high 31 points and 12 rebounds. For his part, brother Philip added a hard-fought 19 points on 5-for-21 shooting.

“We haven’t played that bad on defence all year,” said Thomas Scrubb. “We knew we needed to get stops to be able to pull away. I guess we saw them getting tired near the end so we knew it was a matter of time when we could make a few plays and pull away.”

Third year guard, Connor Wood had a big game for the Ravens as well going 9-for-10 from the field for 21 points.

“Connor’s progressed all year and he’s playing with more confidence and when you do that, good things happen,” said Smart. “He can really score and he’s a tough one-on-one. We need him to play at a high level and he’s been doing that.”

The Ravens advance to meet the Windsor Lancers tomorrow night at 8 pm for the Wilson Cup. The Lancers are the only team other than the No. 2 ranked uOttawa Gee-Gees to beat the Ravens in the last two seasons when they took down Carleton 74-71 on January 23.

“They [Windsor] beat us last time so it’s not going to take a lot for us to get motivated to beat them this time,” said Scrubb. “We need to be ready to rebound. They’re probably feeling pretty good about themselves, so we need to play with confidence too.”

“We really got to box out,” echoed Wood about their OUA Final opponent. “They destroyed us on the boards last time. So I think that’s going to be really key.”

As for the Rams, they’ll take on host uOttawa in the bronze medal show down. The Gee-Gees will be fighting for both redemption for their semifinal loss and for the final automatic berth into the CIS Final Eight.

The graduating Rams senior, Jahmal Jones put his team on his back, going down and getting the clutch points they needed all game. But it wasn’t enough as the rest of his teammates faltered in the final minutes.

“I think our guys are really disappointed because they really believed they could win,” said Ryerson coach Roy Rana. “We’re not about making statements in loses. We’re trying to win games. The thing is we still have a life because we’re hosting the Final Eight. We know our road to a national championship will have to go through Carleton, Ottawa, even Windsor now who’s showing some strength.

“I thought we did a pretty good job through three and a half quarters but we blew some coverages late and that hurt us. But that’s why they’re so good. They’re methodical but they’re very good in their method.”

Catch all the action live tomorrow night starting at 6:00pm on OUA.tv.

Laval 76 Bishop’s 65 Final Box Score
RSEQ Demi-Finale #2
UBC 75 Saskatchewan 81 Final Box Score
Canada West Semi-Final #2

Source: Nicole Betker, Sports Information Director, Huskie Athletics

SASKATOON – With a five-point run to begin the fourth quarter, the University of Saskatchewan Huskies advance to the Canada West Championship with an 81-75 win over the UBC Thunderbirds Friday night at the conference final four tournament at the Physical Activity Complex in Saskatoon.

Saskatchewan’s Matthew Forbes opened the fourth with a three-pointer and Dadrian Collins followed with a long two for the Huskies to build a 65-62 lead after UBC had led 62-60 at the end of the third. UBC took a timeout to stop the momentum and hit two foul shots, but on the Huskies’ next trip up the court, Saskatchewan hit another three courtesy of Trevor Severinski.

With just over two minutes left UBC pulled within two points at 77-75 after stopping the Huskies’ perimeter shooting. But the T-Birds couldn’t get any closer. Saskatchewan held the lead to the 81-75 win.

Saskatchewan will meet the Victoria Vikes in the Canada West Championship final, while UBC will face Fraser Valley in the bronze medal game. It is the first trip to the conference final for the Huskies since 2010-11. The win also secures the Huskies a second straight trip to the CIS Final 8 hosted by the Ryerson University Rams March 12-15 in Toronto.

Down 15-8 in the first quarter, Saskatchewan made a comeback to tie the frame at 18 by the buzzer. Evenly matched for the next two quarters, the Thunderbirds led 43-41 at halftime and 62-60 after three.

Collins and Ben Baker led the Huskies in the win each recording 20 points, while Matthew Forbes added another 14 and Mike Scott tallied 11. Baker also recorded seven rebounds for the Huskies.

Kedar Wright led the T-Birds in the loss with a game-high 23 points, while Tommy Nixon recorded a double-double with 14 points and 12 rebounds. Tonner Jackson also scored 14 for the T-Birds.

Both UBC and the Huskies shot at 50%. Each team recorded 29 rebounds.

The championship final is set for 8 p.m. at the PAC, while the bronze tipoff is at 6 p.m. Both games can be viewed on canadawest.tv

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