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2011 CIS Final 8: Carleton Ravens Flying High Again Defeat TWU Spartans, Earn 7th National Basketball Title



#5 Trinity Western Spartans 59 – #2 Carleton Ravens 82

Trinity Western Spartans haven’t played many games against the Carleton Ravens, and their lack of familiarity certainly showed. Carleton knocked down a total of 16-of-38 three-pointers (10 in the first half) to defeat #5 seeded Trinity Western Spartans 82-59 and win the 2011 CIS Basketball Final 8 Championship.

The victory marks the 7th time in the last 9 years that the Ravens have claimed the W. P. McGee Trophy and further stamped their name on the CIS Basketball record books.

Kyle Coston started the game where he left off against the UBC Thundebirds by knocking down the first two points of the game. Unfortunately for Coston and the Spartans that was their largest lead of the game. The Ravens forced Coston to the bench with two early fouls and Willy Manigat connected on his second three-pointer with .2 seconds to give Ravens a 26-17 lead after one. Tyson Hinz (2), Cole Hobin and Philip Scrubb all connected from the outside as Carleton hit six three pointers.

Carleton connected on four additional three-points in the second quarter and got 9 points from Elliot Thompson, including a personal 8-0 run to take an 18-point lead – their largest of the first half and went to the locker room comfortably ahead at 49-31.

Jacob Doerksen scored the first four points of the second half to cut down the Ravens lead to 14 at 49-35 before Will Manigat and Rookie of the Year Philip Scrubb dropped two more from deep to restore order.

The Spartans closed the lead to 12 points mid-way through the final quarter but never threaten to close the Ravens lead that swell to a game-high 23 points with 1:10 remaining in the championship game.

Tyson Hinz was named the 2011 Final 8 MVP and caped off a banner season where he was named CIS Player of the Year, 1st Team BasketballBuzz & CIS All-Canadian to along with his first championship ring. All of this in just two solid years of CIS Basketball.

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Elliott Thompson was named MVP of the Finals and joined Hinz, Doerksen, Coston and Jamelle Barrett on the Final 8 Tournament All-Stars list

For Doerksen this marks the end of a stellar five-year career in which he was named 2006 CIS Rookie of the Year, 2009 League MVP and multiple All-Canadians accolades. Doerksen will not have very fond memories of Halifax, The Metro Centre and the Ravens. As a Rookie member of the Victoria Vikes, Doerksen also tasted defeat against the same brand of basketball as Osvaldo Jeanty lead the Carleton Ravens to 73-67 championship victory.

Mike Kenny is the only graduating player for the Ravens and like many other former players goes out in championship glory.

Dave Smart has an impressive 20 game winning streak at the Metro Centre which dates back to 2001.

This goes down as one of the finest season in the Dave Smart era. After losing to the Saskatchewan Huskies at the 2010 National semi-final the Ravens put together a perfect season, well almost. The Lakehead Thunderwolves who claimed a fifth place finish at this years Final 8 tournament is the only Canadian University team to beat the Ravens at the 2011 Wilson Cup.

The Ravens other losses game against mid-major NCAA D1 competition, twice to the Cincinnati Bearcats, New Mexico State and Maine University.

Top Performers

Carleton Ravens
E.Thompson 19 Pts, 3 Reb 3 Ast, 1 Stl
P. Scrubb  16 Pts, 2 Reb, 1Ast
W. Manigat 14 Pts, 4 Reb, 5 Ast
T Hinz 11 Pts, 6 Reb, 3 Ast, 1 Blk

Trinity Western Spartans
J. Doerksen 16 Pts, 12 Reb, 2 Ast
K. Coston  15 Pts, 9 Reb, 1 Ast
C. Westbrook 9 Pts, 2 Reb
T. Jackson 7 Pts, 2 Reb, 1 Ast

Game Notes
Trinity Western was a miserable 3-13 from beyond the arc for only 23%. Carleton was out-rebounded by a large margin as expected, but gave 21 on the offensive glass.

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Highly touted Alabama Crimson Tide Return To Canada



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



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



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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