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, outscoring 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 an 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 he’s gotta have his team playing with confidence and that’s 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 talented 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”
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 than 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 totalled 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 an 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 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.
Montreal’s Luguentz Dort commits to Arizona State Sun Devils
Five star Canadian Guard Luguentz 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.
Highly touted Alabama Crimson Tide Return To Canada
The Alabama Crimson Tide led by former NBA Head Coach Avery Johnson, a 16-year veteran and NBA champion point-guard during his playing days will bring his highly touted Alabama Crimson Tide to Canada for series of games against Canada’s top university basketball programs.
The Crimson Tide will visit both Montreal and Ottawa for a three-game exhibition schedule against McGill Redmen (Mon Aug 7), Carleton Ravens (Wed Aug 9) and the Ottawa Gee-Gees (Thu Aug 10).
The Tide competed hard last year and took a step in the right direction with a 19-15 record, 10-8 SEC record and have NCAA March Madness tournament aspirations thanks to solid recruiting class which ranks amongst the nations best.
Led by a talented crop of returning guards, Dazon Ingram (10.6 PPG, 4.5 RPG), Riley Norris (9 PPG, 3 RPG), the coaches son Avery Johnson Jr. and forwards Braxton Key the Tide will be a handful for the it’s Canadian opposition.
Key a 6’8″, 220 lbs flirted with the 2017 NBA draft after a stellar freshman season, the Charlotte, NC native led ‘Bama in scoring with 12 point per game and was second in rebounding at 5.7 per game. The Tide will also welcome incoming red-shirt sophomore 6’10”, 240lbs Daniel Giddens to a line-up that returns four starters.
Alabama anchored by current NBA player Alonzo Gee (Denver Nuggets) last visited Canada back in 2007 and finished with a record of 4-1 against the same exact teams, dropping a tight 83-72 decision against the Carleton Ravens who have won seven straight Canadian titles including 13-of the-last-15 championships.
Carleton’s signature win over Alabama was only their second ever against a NCAA division one team after 16-game losing streak from 1999 to 2006. The Ravens current record against NCAA teams in Canada stands at an impressive 26-23 (.531%) record.
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