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Philip Scrubb dominates as Carleton Ravens defeat NCAA’s Memphis Tigers in 86-76



Ottawa, Ont. – The Carleton Ravens playing in front of another sold-out crowd at the Ravens Nest improved to 3-1 in preseason action with a convincing 86-76 win over the visiting Memphis Tigers of the NCAA’s American Athletic Conference (ACC).  The Ravens jumped all over the Tigers, drilling 8-of-15 (53.3%) three-pointers in the first quarter for a 33-15 lead and never looked back, picking-up their third straight victory of division opponent for the second straight year.

Carleton’s All-Canadian guard Phillip Scrubb torched the Tigers all-night long with a near triple-double of 35 points, ten assists and seven rebounds. Scrubb shot 12-of-21 from the floor and 5-of-10 from deep, including a late dagger that sealed the game after Memphis cut a game-high 32-point lead to nine points with 1:35 left to play.

Despite the win Carleton Ravens Head coach Dave Smart was extremely upset following the victory which saw Tigers completely outplay the Ravens in the fourth-quarter, out-scoring the defending champions 29-12 in the quarter.  Smart took his star point-guard aside for an additionally five minutes laying into him as if they had just dropped a game and as if Scrubb hadn’t just dropped his highest point total against a NCAA team.

“He wants to be an elite point guard he’s gotta have his team playing with a chip on their shoulder all-the-time and his gotta have his team playing with confidence and thats not who we are right now! It’s gotta change, we can’t beat Ottawa U or Memphis on Tuesday if you don’t have a chip.”

“That’s our problem, we are talented but there’s not a lot of emotion. We lost a lot in Kevin Churchill, we lost a lot in Willy (Manigat), we lost a lot in Elliott Thompson , we lost a lot in Cole Hobin. Obviously Ty (Tyson Hinz) is a talent guy, I’m talking pure toughness and pure meanness, we got talent, those guys were tough, tough, tough kids.” We have a lot of talent, but we don’t have a lot of toughness.” lamented the Ravens coach.

“Our biggest fight is how we defend and how our culture is, how confident we play, how tough we play, like confident when its bad, anybody is good when it’s going good, like confident when it’s a war, when you are not getting the call and our practices are not like that, our practices to very honest are kinda happy roll and they haven’t been like that for twelve-years.” Our practices have been a nightmare for twelve years and that’s why when it gets tough we generally have responded”

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Thomas Scrubb cooled-off in the second-half after scoring 12 of his 21 points in the first-quarter on 7-of-14 shooting. Connor Wood and Victor Raso both finished with 9 points each on three triples, Wood also added 9 rebounds helping the Ravens match the much athletic Tigers on the boards at 36-36.

Memphis head Coach Josh Pastner was proud of his team second-half effort despite dropping their preseason opener on the road.

“The first-half Carleton was just tougher then us and competed harder, second-half i was really proud of our effort, our competitive nature our ability to bounce back, but that’s a really good team and very well coached team that we’ve played. Philip, of boy, is he really good and he can shoot the ball. They punched us in the mouth in the first-half and we fought back and made it a game in the second-half.

The Tigers were paced by 6’7 forward Nick King who totaled 19 points on 8-of-15 shooting, Chris Hawkins added 14, Dominic Magee 11 points, five rebounds and Shaq Goodwin provided intensity and vocal leadership with 9 points and 8 rebounds.

Memphis trailed 71-39 (32 points) with 3:10 left in the three-quarter and used a early 19-6 run to cut the margin of deficit to under 20 points at 80-61 and with 6:25 remaining in the game and came up just short after another 12-0 run cut it to 82-73.

Carleton finished the game with 16 three-pointers (16-35, 45.7%) compared to Memphis who only shot 2-of-9 (22.2%) from downtown. The Tigers also shot poorly from the charity stripe going 20-of-34 (58%) while Carleton went 12-of-18 from free-throws.

The Ravens (3-1) will get a two days off before wrapping up their 2014 NCAA/CIS series with another game against the same Memphis squad on Tuesday. The Tigers will now face the Ottawa Gee-Gees (3-0)  who have already knocked off the Indiana Hoosiers, Vermont Catamounts and the University of Illinois-Chicago Flames.


Syracuse Oshae Brissett delivers massive Rack Attack on Miami Hurricanes



Syracuse Oshae Brissett Delivers Massive Rack Attack On Miami Hurricanes
Photo: David Gunn - Syracuse

Canadian Freshman and Syracuse Stud Oshae Brissett added to his growing and impressive highlight package with a massive rack attack and facial dunk on the face of Miami Hurricanes defender. The Mississauga, Ontario native is averaging a 14.7 points and 9.0 rebounds per game and is amongst college basketball finest talents. Brissett has started all the Orangemens’ 27 games to date and has racked up 11 double-doubles in the process. A skilled 6’8″ forward who has stardom written all-over him.

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New wave of Canadian Freshmen making NCAA splash



New Wave Canadian Basketball Freshmen Making NCAA Splash

There’s a new wave of rising Canadians basketball players making an early NCAA splash. Below we take a look at freshmen players that are making their mark on the college basketball landscape. Like previous years, look for most of the names on this list to become household names come March Madness and a select few to continue Canada’s NBA takeover.

Oshea Brissett New Wave Canadian NCAA Freshmen

Oshea Brissett (Mississauga, ON) – Syracuse Orange

Oshea Brissett – Syracuse Orange

Brissett has been arguably the best freshman in college basketball. The 6’8″, 210 lbs forward from Mississauga, Ontario is beasting the opposition, averaging 13.6 points per game, including a team-high 9.2 rebounds (55th in all of the nation.) A true special talent, he has already racked-up four double-doubles in his first eight games, missing two more by just a single rebound. Look for Brissett to continue his torrid start to season as he helps the Syracuse Orange make a run at a conference title in the tough Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC). Although early in the season, Brissett is looking more and more like a true one and done prospect. Expect a green room invitation come June 2018 at NBA Draft.

Canadian Lindell Wigginton Iowa State Cyclones NCAA

Lindell Wigginton (Dartmouth, Nova Scotia) Iowa State Cyclones

Lindell Wigginton – Iowa State Cyclones

Looking for stability at the guard position? Well, look no further than Lindell Wigginton. A true versatile bucket getter, with major hops (38″ vertical), he currently leads all Canadian freshmen in scoring at 16.3 points per game while contributing in other aspects with 4 rebounds and 2.6 assists. The Dartmouth, Nova Scotia product is shooting a healthy 46.3 % from the field,  48.9% from three-pointers and has reached double-figures scoring in 7-of-9 games, including a season best 28-points, 7 rebound performance against Northern Illinois. Although, the tougher part of the Big 12 conference schedule remains, it is clear that in less than ten games Wigginton has solidified himself as a go to option in the fast paced Cyclones offensive system. Expect the 6’2″, 188 lbs guard to flourish all-season long as he looks to fulfill is long time dream of playing in the NBA.

Nickeil Alexander Walker Virginia Tech Hookies New Wave Canadian NCAA Freshmen

Nickeil Alexander Walker (Toronto, ON) Virginia Tech Hokies

Nickeil Alexander-Walker – Virginia Tech Hokies

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Talk about talent. Standing 6’5″ tall, weighing-in at 210-pounds, is Toronto, Ontario freshman Nickeil Alexander-Walker. A diamond in the rough find for head coach Buzz Williams and Virgina Tech. The Hokies, traditionally not a prime destination for top Canadian prospects is seeing just how special Alexander-Walker can be early-on. The 19-year-old kicked-off his NCAA career with scoring outbursts against Detroit Mercy (24 points, 4 rebounds, 4 assists) and Citadel (29 points, 4 rebounds, 4 assists) and is an integral reason for the Hokies early season success. A knock-down shooter (.529%, FG% .477% 3-pointers) with a 7-footer wing-span Alexander Walker is averaging 14.4 per game, 4.2 rebounds and 2.2 assists per game. A triple-threat he is comfortable handling the rock as well as, dishing off no looks, as he is scoring.

Shai Gilgeous Alexander Kentucky Wildcats New Wave Canadian NCAA Freshmen

Shai Gilgeous Alexander Hamilton/ON) – Kentucky Wildcats

Shai Gilgeous-Alexander – Kentucky Wildcats

It’s hard to talk about Shai-Gilgenous-Alexander (6’6″, 180 lbs, Hamilton/ON) without mentioning the aforementioned Nickeil Alexander-Walker. After-all, both are cousins, their names resemble each other, their games even more. What-else, they played, dominated and caused headaches for coaches as a dynamic high school back-court duo for Hamilton Heights Christian Academy, winning a State title along the way. Now they find themselves on the biggest stage of college basketball doing similar things for highly respected basketball teams. Despite coming off the bench Gilgeous-Alexander is averaging 28.2 minutes per game, good for second on a team that also features a bevy of NBA prospects, including Hamidou Diallo, P.J Washington. A efficient natural stat-stuffer he’s averaging 10.1 points, a team-high 4.4 assists per game along side 3.8 rebounds and 2.3 steals per game.

Marcus Carr Pittsburg Panthers New Wave Canadian NCAA Freshmen

Point Guard Marcus Carr (Toronto/ON) – Pittsburgh Panthers

Marcus Carr – Pittsburgh Panthers

A true floor general, Marcus Carr (6’1″, 185 lbs, Toronto/ON) has taken charge and ignited the Pittsburgh Panthers rebuilding offense. Carr’s strong play has propel the Panthers to a early four-game winning streak. The pass-first guard scored a career-best 23 points in a overtime win over St. Mary’s and has scored in double-digits in the five of the past six Panthers contests. Currently averaging 12 points, 3.8 assists and 2.6 rebounds, including shooting a 48% from the field, 48.1% from downtown and Steve Nash like 921% from the charity stripe. Despite his size Carr is strong enough to finish through contact and loves to gets under your chin with defensive pressure.

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Montreal’s Luguentz Dort commits to Arizona State Sun Devils



Montreals Luguentz Dort Arizona State Sun Devils

Five star Canadian Guard Lugentz Dort has committed to Bobby Hurley and the Arizona State Sun Devils.

Dort a 6-5, 220lbs, product of Montreal, Quebec has been one of the most exciting Canadian Basketball prospects in recent years, combining raw speed, with gifted athletic ability, the the 2018 elite top prospect is expected to boast the Sun Devils credibility in a tough PAC 12 conference.

Dort narrowed down his list of top schools from Baylor, eventually settling with the upstart Sun Devils program that will help him transition from a two-guard to a more accomplished point-guard.  After all, Coach Hurley knows a thing or two about playing the point, having played the position for the Duke Blue Devils  in the early 90’s and over 269 games in the NBA.

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