Connect with us

USports

Carleton Ravens Behind Tyson Hinz & Scrubb Brothers Cruise Past TCU Horned Frogs

Published

on

Ottawa – (BasketballBuzz) – The quest for a 10th National Championship is well under way for head coach Dave Smart and the defending CIS Men’s Basketball champions Carleton Ravens.

Playing in their second of four games against NCAA competition the visiting Texas Christian University found out just why the Ravens are Canada’s best University basketball team, as Carleton cruised past TCU 77-51 to pick up their second straight victory over NCAA Division I team.

Tyson Hinz was simply too much for the younger TCU squad. The 6’7 Ottawa Forward carved up the Horned Frogs with 24 points, 8 rebounds on 8-of-11 shooting and went 7-of-8 from the foul line. Starting point guard Philip Scrubb, was in the line-up, but came off the bench to score 13 points in 25 minutes of action.

Scrubb arrived in Ottawa earlier in the day after playing heavy minutes (25) in a 77-72  win against Jamaica for Canada Senior Men’s National Team.

“It was big, I think both Scrubb’s were a little rusty, it wasn’t their best games, Phil was with Team Canada and came back for one day, its tough, you miss a week of practice, we don’t mess around in our practices.” expressed Hinz after the game on the return of the two-time CIS Player of the Year.

“But its good to have him back, he drives a lot of attention and he makes my job easier.”

Thomas Scrubb continues to make a case for the Ravens best all-around player adding a double-double of 12 points, 10 rebounds and four assists.

TCU was anchored by 5’11 Junior Guard Kyan Anderson who finished with a team-high 12 points, three other Horned Frogs players reached double-figures with Charles Hill netting 11 points and Jarvis Ray and Hudson Price adding 10 points respectively.

TCU Head Coach Trent Johnson was tossed from the game late in second half after picking up his second technical foul of the game.

Carleton went an usual 5-of-21 from beyond arc, connected on 16-of-19 foul shots and shared the ball well on their way to picking up 17 assists. TCU had a difficult time breaking down the Ravens defensively picking only 6 assists compared to 15 turnovers.

The Ravens (2-0) will now take on the Wisconsin Badgers (BIG 10) on Wednesday August 21 before wrapping the NCAA portion of the schedule against the Syracuse Orange on Friday August 23rd. TCU falls to 0-2 on their Canadian tour and will visit Montreal for a game against Montréal All-Stars at Brebeuf College before heading back to Texas.

Men

Highly touted Alabama Crimson Tide Return To Canada

Published

on

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.

Continue Reading

Men

Calgary Dinos Thomas Cooper Senior Highlights

Published

on

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.

Continue Reading

Men

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

Published

on

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.

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.

Continue Reading

Buzzing