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2011 CIS Final 8: Carleton Ravens fight off stingy Stingers. Rematch with Saskatchewan Huskies on deck.

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#7 Concordia Stingers 66 – #2 Carleton Ravens 73

The Carleton Ravens held the Concordia Stingers scoreless for the first 4 minutes of the fourth to take a 58-52 lead with 5:56 to play and held on for crucial 73-66 victory over the #7 Concordia Stingers.

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Elliot Thompson the East coast (Fredericton, NB) native playing in front of family and friends refused to let his Ravens lose and was instrumental in the fourth quarter by hitting key outside jumpers, taking charges on the defensive end and icing the game from the foul line.

The game came down to the final minutes as Stingers full-court press bothered the Ravens by forcing the Ravens to use the entire shot clock. The Stingers got another great performance from their trio of players as Decee Krah was phenomenal from the outside and finished with a game high 21 points.

Tyson Hinz was consistent with his effort and lead the Ravens with 19 points as the Ravens avoided dropping back to back games for the first time this year. Rookie Forward Thomas Scrubb provided solid minutes of the pine and almost finished with a double-double.

The Ravens will battle the Huskies in a rematch of last years semi-final, “They beat us last year and they have a lot of great players this year, its going to be a great game” stated All-Canadian Tyson Hinz after being award the player of the game award.

Top Performers

Carleton Ravens
T Hinz 19  Pts, 7 Reb, 1 Blk
E.Thompson 14 Pts, 6 Reb 3 Stl 2 Ast
W. Manigat 11 Pts, 4 Reb
T. Scrubb  8 Pts, 8 Reb, 2 Stl

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Concordia Stingers
D. Krah 21 Pts, 7 Reb, 4 Ast
K.Desmarais 17 Pts, 3 Reb, 7 Ast
E.Laroche 10 Pts, 10 Reb, 2 Ast
Z. Brisebois 9 Pts, 3 Reb, 2 Ast

Game Notes
Rookie of the Year Philip Scrubb had a tough night shooting, 2-14 FG% and 1-6 from behind the arc and finished with a rookie like performance with 5 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists.

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The Saskatchewan Huskies will meet #2 Carleton Ravens in a re-match of last years national semi-final. The Huskies knocked off the Ravens 86-82 on their way to last years championship game.

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Dave Smart steps down as Carleton men’s head coach after 14 national titles

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Dave Smart Steps Down As Carleton Mens Head Coach After 14 National Titles
Photo: Edilson J. Silva

It’s the end of an era at Carleton.

The school has announced that Dave Smart, who built a dynasty that dominated Canadian university sport for nearly 20 years, has stepped down.

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Smart has accepted a new role as the university’s director of basketball operations, Carleton said in a news release.

He will be responsible for “developing the men’s and women’s basketball programs and continuing to build a culture of sport excellence,” the release said.

“Smart will provide operational support, mentorship and technical leadership to the coaching staff of both programs, and he will work with the Department of University Advancement in fundraising and community development.

“He’ll also provide mentorship to other U Sports coaches in Carleton Athletics.”

Taffe Charles, who coached Carleton’s women’s program for 12 years and won a national title in 2017-18 will succeed Smart as men’s team head coach.

“It’s been a great run,’’ said Smart in a statement.

“Coaching is my second love, my first being my wife and children. I am very thankful to the university and I am looking forward to my new role.

“This gives me an opportunity to stay involved in basketball while having more time to spend with my family.”

Carleton Ravens Dave Smart Beats Wichita-State 100-75 CIS NCAA Basketball

Dave Smart leads Carleton Ravens past Wichita State Shockers 100-75. – August 8, 2016 – Photo: Edilson J. Silva/BasketballBuzz

Smart’s 19-year tenure at Carleton was one of remarkable dominance, with 14 national championships.

He also won a record number of coaching awards and has been active as a coach with Canada Basketball.

“Dave’s success on the court has given Carleton great national visibility and we are sincerely grateful,” said Benoit-Antoine Bacon, president of Carleton University.

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“I wish Dave all the best in his new role where he will share his ‘playbook’ with all our Ravens programs.”

Charles played on Carleton’s men’s team from 1990 to 1995 and began his coaching career as an assistant in 1995; he then served as an assistant with the men’s program from 1998 to 2007.

Since returning to the women’s program in 2007, Carleton won four U Sports Final 8 berths, four OUA East titles, and two OUA championships.

Carleton’s women’s national championship in 2018 was the first in school history.

“I am truly honoured to be entrusted as the next head coach of the Carleton University men’s basketball program,’’ said Charles in a statement.

“I look forward to the challenge of continuing the high standard of excellence that has been set by Coach Smart, his coaching staff and the players.’’

Carleton said it has launched a national search for a head coach of its women’s program.

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Kadre Gray wins second consecutive U Sports MVP

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Laurentian guard Kadre Gray took his game to another level this season.

That’s saying something.

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A year ago, Gray was the top Canadian university male athlete in any sport, the first Laurentian student to win the honour.

He led the country in assists, narrowly missed a scoring title, and — perhaps by default — also won the Mike Moser Memorial Trophy as men’s basketball player of the year.

“Kadre’s work ethic continues to shine bright,” said Laurentian head coach Shawn Swords in a statement.

“He is always looking for ways to improve and refine all aspects of the game.”

If there was any doubt, Gray stifled it in his junior season.

He averaged 31 points, 7.4 rebounds and 6.2 assists per game en route to his second consecutive Moser trophy.

“It’s an amazing accomplishment to do it once,” said Swords.

“And now, to be named MVP twice, is truly a testament to his willingness to learn and improve.

“The Kadre effect has spread throughout our community as well. It is great to see him support our local youth and realize the positive impact he has on everyone.”

Gray received the 2019 Moser trophy Thursday at a gala in Halifax, N.S., ahead of the U Sports Men’s Final 8 tournament.

University of Calgary guard Mambi Diawara, Concordia guard Ricardo Monge and St. Mary’s University guard Kemar Alleyne were also finalists for the award.

Gray was simply a cut above. He posted gaudy stats with notable efficiency, shooting 48.8 per cent from the floor.

He was also a First Team All-Canadian and played with Canada’s national team in FIBA World Cup 2019 Americas Qualifiers against Venezuela and Brazil.

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Gray was the only U Sports player to participate in the qualifiers.

Other award winners:

Rookie of the Year (Dr. Peter Mullins Trophy): Alix Lochard, UQAM.

Ken Shields Award for Student-Athlete Community Service: Tanner Graham, Queen’s.

Defensive Player of the Year: Marcus Anderson, Carleton.

Stuart W. Aberdeen Memorial Trophy (Coach of the Year): Dan Vanhooren, Calgary.

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