Ottawa, Ont – A night after taking 31 shot attempts against the Indiana Hoosiers and coming up on the short end of a 2014 opening season defeat Thomas Scrubb took half the shots (13), wound-up with a triple-double (20 points, 13 rebounds, 10 assists) and led the Carleton Ravens to a hard fought 74-66 win over a motivated and well prepared Vermont Catamounts squad from the NCAA’s American East division.
The fourth-year senior forward from Vancouver, B.C continue to show flashes of brilliance after his recent stint with the Canadian Senior Men’s National team. Unlike the opener against Indiana, Scrubb let game come to him and played under control throughout on his way to his first ever career triple-double in a Ravens uniform.
Ravens guard Connor Wood came up huge on offense in the fourth quarter for the Ravens, drilling three of his six triples in a tight and well played affair to help the 10-time CIS champs close out Vermont. and avoid a 0-2 preseason start. Wood finished with a game-high 24-points on 9-of-17 shooting.
“I found myself open a few times off of the iso-ball screens and knocked a few early shots and got in rhythm” discussed Wood during post the post game interview. Victor Raso also reached double-figures with 11 points on 3-of-11 triples.
Vermont continued to get solid production from Canadian freshman point-guard Trae Bell-Haynes by exposing the Ravens usual tough defense with a team-high 17 points on 7-10 shooting. Bell-Haynes played well after a rough shooting performance against the Ottawa Gee-Gees.
“Everyone is being supportive I had a bad game yesterday, coaches are being supportive and lifting you up, nobody is getting down on you, it’s like a big family.” commented Bell-Haynes on his overall experience with the Catamounts thus far.”
Fellow Canuck Drew Urquhart (Vancouver, BC) showed his toughness inside with 5 points and two blocks in 13 minutes off the pine and understands that he will to continue to develop if wants to see more minutes. ” I’ve become tougher since I’ve gotten here, right now I need to guard more positions in order to get more minutes.”
“Obliviously you are going to get made fun of if you have an accent so having two of us really helps, we have each others back, specially here in Canada when all the Americans are asking us what are (Loonies & Toonies)?” expressed Uruhart when asked to describe his current relationship with Bell-Haynes and his current experience with his new club.
Carleton got off to a better start by limiting the Catamounts to just 4-11 shooting to grabbed a 18-13 lead in a low scoring first quarter. Vermont ‘s Kurt Steidel dropped in eight points in the second quarter for the Catamounts who outscored the Ravens 24-21 in the quarter and trailed Carleton 39-37 when the second-quarter whistle sounded.
Playing without Head Coach Dave Smart and three-time CIS Most Valuable Philip Scrubb Carleton took control of the game in the third period on the solid play of Thomas Scrubb dominate quarter with eight points and five rebounds. Carleton outscored Vermont 19-12 and led comfortable at 58-49 at the end of three-quarters.
Vermont behind Trae-Bell-Haynes attacking and timely three-point shooting kept them in striking distance and despite outscoring Carleton 17-16 in last quarter the Catamounts dropped their second straight game to CIS opposition.
The Ravens (1-1) will see the return of Head Coach Dave Smart and MVP guard Philip Scrubb from International duty when it takes the visiting University of Chigaco Illinois on Thrusday at the Ravens Nest.
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.
New Mexico St. Aggies Matt Taylor Absolutely Destroys Two Bakersfield Defenders
Rev up the engines. Call up Vince Carter.
Toronto’s own and New Mexico State Aggies Junior guard Matt Taylor, who has a history of posterizing dudes is back with another with another one!
With the game at the midway point (9:37) of first half the 6’4″, 172lbs initially passed off a corner jump-shot, opting to play a two man game with teammate Eli Chuha who read the defense and kicked it back out to Taylor.
Mr. Taylor in classic gentlemen manner gladly received the return pass in rhythm, baited his initially defender (extremely weak closeout, by the way) and caught two Bakersfield defenders sleeping on his bounce ability, resulting in possible early 2017 Dunk of the year nominee.
More importantly the Aggies extended their winning streak to 15 games and now boast one of the countries best records at 17-2.
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