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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.

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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Highly touted Alabama Crimson Tide Return To Canada

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Alabama Crimson Tide Avery Johnson 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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Calgary Dinos Thomas Cooper Senior Highlights

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Calgary Dinos Thomas Cooper Senior Highlights

Calgary Dinos senior guard Thomas Cooper had himself and impressive CIS/Usports career to say the least. The Chattanooga, Tenn. native, a 6-5, 200 lbs guard earned himself two first team All-Canadian awards while leading Dinos back to the championship game for the first time since 1966.

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No. 1 Carleton Ravens 81-40 lock-up rivals No. 2 Ottawa Gee-Gees

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Eddie Ekiyor Carleton Ravens Vs.Ottawa Gee Gees USports Basketball
Photo - Valerie Wutti

Ottawa, ON – The twelve-time defending CIS/USports National Basketball Champions and No.1 Carleton Ravens went into Monpetit Hall and completely dominated the No. 2 ranked Ottawa Gee-Gees, locking up their Bytown rivals with a blistering 81-40 win.

The Ravens, the top defensive unit in the country, allowing an incredible low of only 60 points to opponents, dominated every aspect of the much anticipated game holding Ottawa to four points in the first-quarter and thirteen in the second for a grand total of seventeen first-half points and 35-17 half-time lead.

The first-quarter ended with Ravens leading 11-4 as both teams slugged it out in front of a jam packed standing room only Monpetit Hall which hasn’t seen the Gee-Gees get dismantled like this on their home floor in 32-game OUA conference games – snapping home winning streak which dated back to 2012.

Fifth-year senior Guard Connor Wood caught fire in the second-quarter after a cold start scoring all but 14 of the teams 24 points in the quarter and finished with 16 in the half and game-high 19 points. Starting point guard Kaza Kajami-Keane added 10 points, six rebounds in just 19 minutes.

The Gee-Gees were limited to 6-of-32 (18.8%) shooting, 3-of-17 from the outside in the opening 20 minutes and managed to only connect on 12-56 (21.4%) of their field goal attempts for the entire game and only 6-of-26 from the outside.

Carleton shot 50% in the second-half and finished 31-68 from the floor and 13-of-28 from downtown while turning the ball over 9 times compared to the Gee-Gees 18.

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The 40 points allowed by the Ravens is their lowest against the Gee-Gees since a 74-34 smack-down in January 18th, 2012 at the Sixth Annual Capital Hoops Classic.

Carleton Ravens 6’10” freshman Eddie Ekiyor (Ottawa, ON) and senior forward Ryan Ejim (Toronto, ON) finished one point shy of double-doubles with 9 points and 8 rebounds respectively, and shutdown the Gee-Gees dynamic duo of Caleb Agada (12 points, 4 rebounds) and former Ravens Jean Emmanuel Pierre (7 points, 6 rebounds). Gee-Gees Guard Brandon Robinson had a team-high 15 points on 4-of-8 shooting, 3-of-4 triples.

Carleton’s record  stays unblemished at a perfect 10-0, 16-0 against Canadian competition and 22-2 overall with the only losses coming from two NCAA opponents on the road in Rhode Island – Providence Friars 87-69 and in Philadelphia against LaSalle Explorers 79-73.

Both teams will meet again in just over two weeks (Feb 3rd) at the 2017 Capital Hoops Classic at the ScotiaBank Centre.

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