By Ali Baggott, Vikes Communications
Photos by Christian J. Stewart, ISN
September 30, 2017, VICTORIA (ISN) – U SPORTS men’s basketball has been dominated the past decade by the Carleton Ravens and the seven-time defending national champions showed why, as they blew past the Victoria Vikes 99-61 on Day 2 of the Guy Vetrie Memorial Tournament Saturday night at the CARSA Performance Gym in Victoria.
Third-year Ravens guard Yasiin Joseph carried the Ravens, putting up 35 points in 30 minutes played.
Fourth-year guard Jordan Charles led the home side with 14 points, while Mason Loewen had 13 points and four assists. Last season’s Canada West Rookie of the Year Scott Kellum had 10 points and four rebounds and while the final score was a 38-point difference the Vikes were only down by 14 at the start of the fourth quarter.
“For the first half I thought we battled hard and then they kind of wore us down and we had a tough time getting stops,” said Craig Beaucamp, Vikes men’s basketball head coach. “(Carleton) picked up their defensive intensity a little bit and they are obviously a really good team and when we made mistakes they took advantage of them.”
Joseph’s show was complimented well by Munis Tutu, with 11 points, and Emmanuel Owootoah, with 10 points, while Mitch Jackson had eight rebounds and Joseph and Eddie Eikiyor each had six. The Ravens knocked down 11 three-pointers on 22 attempts and shot 80 per cent from the line.
The Vikes opened the game with a three-pointer from Kellum and while the Ravens responded with eight-straight points, including a three from each of Cam Smythe and Joseph, the Vikes did well to keep pace. Charles hit his first three of the night to get the Vikes back, trailing 7-6. Carleton continued to drive to the hoop, but Loewen sparked a 7-0 run as the Vikes earned back the lead, up 13-12, on another three from Charles. A final three at the buzzer from Taylor Montgomery-Stinson gave the home team a 16-14 lead at the end of the first.
Carleton regrouped in the second as Joseph put up a three pointer to get the Ravens back in the lead, up 17-14. It was a sign of what was to come as the Ravens were sent to the line on enough plays to get up 29-24. Joseph crafted his way to the basket, owning the quarter, to put up 13 points and end the half with 21 points. The Ravens out-shot the Vikes 25-13 thanks to Joseph. Rebounds were the likely factor to the momentum shift as Carleton earned seven second-chance points and out-rebounded the Vikes 28-19 in the opening half. The Vikes trailed by 10, down 39-29, after two quarters.
Joseph continued his tear in the third putting up an additional eight points to finish three quarters with an impressive 30 points. The Vikes trailed by as much as 15 and Loewen did well to chip away. The fourth-year transfer put up a three and on a quick transition off the next play, Loewen showed his height, dunking the ball to cut the Carleton lead to 53-44. Tutu and Joseph put up back-to-back threes to get the Ravens back on route to out-scoring the Vikes 26-22. Carleton had a 65-51 lead entering the final frame.
The game started to get away from the Vikes in the fourth as Joseph put up another five points early on and the Ravens began the quarter with a 16-0 run. The Vikes were held off the scoreboard for over half the quarter. Hayden Lejeune finally put up a lay-up to get the first basket in the fourth to hault the Carleton run. Loewen put up one-for-two from the line to get the Vikes trailing 84-54 before leaving the floor for the last time and finishing with 13 points. Jaamel Slack put up a three in his first shift of the night. Ravens guard Dontae Mitchell had a chance from the charity stripe to put his team in triple digits but his missed free throw allowed the Vikes to head back the other way. A jumper from Vike Jake Newman at the buzzer left the final score at 99-61 in favour of the powerhouse Ravens.
“If you’re going to win a national championship you have to play three games in a row,” added Beaucamp about transitioning to the final day of the tournament. “You don’t get that opportunity very often in the U SPORTS format, so the third game tends to be a battle of wills and more of a marathon. Tomorrow we have to come out, refocus and get right back at it. We play a good team tomorrow afternoon, so we need to forget this game as quick as we can and move on to the next one.”
The Vikes will close out the Guy Vetrie Tournament hosting Concordia at 2:00 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 1, while the Ravens will play Guelph at 12:00 p.m. All games will be streamed live on pay-per-view at canadawest.tv and live stats are available under the men’s basketball pre-season schedule at canadawest.org.
CARL: 14-25-26-34 : 99
UVIC: 16-13-22-10 : 61
CARL: Yasiin Joseph (35), Munis Tutu (11) Emmanuel Owootoah (10)
UVIC: Jordan Charles (14), Mason Loewen (13), Scott Kellum (10)
2017 Guy Vetrie Tournament
Game 1 – Sept. 29 – Concordia 79, Carleton 82
Game 2 – Sept. 29 – Victoria 87, Guelph 63
Game 3 – Sept. 30 – Guelph 61, Concordia 94
Game 4 – Sept. 30 – Victoria 61, Carleton 99
Game 5 – Oct. 1 – Carleton vs. Guelph (12:00 p.m.)
Game 6 – Oct. 1 – Victoria vs. Concordia (2:00 p.m.)