The Scrubb brothers both poured in 31 points to help the #1 Carleton Ravens squeeze past their rivals Ottawa Gee-Gees 111-107 in a classic triple overtime OUA regular season finale.
Thomas Scrubb finished with 31 points and a game-high 18 rebounds while brother Phillip Scrubb added seven assists and four steals.
The Gee-Gees got 27 points, 13 rebounds and 7 assists from their captain Warren Ward and Johnny Berhanemeskel finished with 22 and seven rebounds.
Ottawa jumped out to an early lead, 21-13 after the first quarter and went into the break feeling positive with a 42-37 lead at break, largely thanks to seven three-pointers in the first 20 minutes.
Carleton hoping to keep their 18-game winning streak alive slowly but methodically took the lead at 46-43 in the third quarter – behind back-to-back three’s by the Scrubb brothers but still trailed 57-54 as both teams entered the final 10 minutes.
The Ravens seemed to have the game wrapped up as they led 77-71 with 32 seconds left, but Ottawa never game up as Johnny Berhanemeskel buried a timely three to cut the deficit to 77-74
The next possession Gee-Gees guard Tihani Mehdi picked Phil Scrubb’s pocket who was called for a clear path foul sending the Gee-Gees to the line for two shots and possession of the ball.
Mehdi connected on 1-of-2 free-throws to cut it to 77-75 and then found himself wide open on the offensive glass to stick back a Warren Ward miss and send the game into the 1st overtime.
The action continued in the first of extra five minutes as both showed no signs of slowing down. Ottawa missed the first golden opportunity to end the game when Gab Dubue-Gonhier missed fired on two fouls shots moments after Berhaneskel swung the momentum in the Gee-Gees favor with a huge three to put Ottawa up 86-85 with 28 seconds.
The Ravens got the ball in the hands of Phill Scrubb who tied the game but uncharacteristically failed to seal the deal with a missed second free-throw.
Warren Ward who shot 2-of-17 in the Gee-Gees 68-53 loss to Carleton in late January refused to let his career end without a victory over the Ravens by drilling five points in the second overtime.
Ottawa held the Ravens scoreless for the last 3:12 minutes and got a late Michael L’African to force a third overtime.
Carleton scored the first five points in the third and final overtime including eight from Thomas Scrubb to preserve their 19-game winning streak, the longest in the nation and yet another OUA East Title.
The two teams finished the regular season as the two top teams in the OUA East (Car;eton 19-1, Gee-Gees 15-5) and as a result will host playoff games in the comfort of their own homes.
Carleton Ravens and Syracuse Orange set to tangle once again
Defending champions Carleton University Ravens will once again tangle with the Syracuse Orange in a marquee match-up between U Sports and NCAA powerhouses.
The Ravens will make their second trip to the Carrier Dome on Tuesday, October 29, 2019 to wrap-up another jammed-packed 2019-2020 exhibition schedule.
The two schools first played back on August 23rd 2013 in Ottawa with Syracuse winning a thrilling 69-65 overtime victory as part of Syracuse’s Canada tour and the debut of Canadian point guard Tyler Ennis
The Orange also got the best of the Ravens, pulling-off a 88-76 win on November 2nd 2014.
The 2019-2020 will mark the debut season for new Ravens head coach Taffe Charles who takes over for Dave Smart who surprised the entire college basketball landscape by announcing his sudden retirement.
Montreal’s freshman Quincy Guerrier alongside junior point guard Howard Washington (Buffalo/NY) are the latest Canadian’s to suite-up for legendary player, turned hall-of-hame coach Jim Boeheim, who has been at the helm since 1976.
Boeheim is the king of getting Canadians in the NBA — having single-handily responsible for overseeing the growth of Leo Rautins, Kris Joseph, Tyler Ennis, Andy Rautins, and now Oshae Brissett and if it all pans out — potentially Guerrier as well.
Under the guidance of their own legendary hall-of-fame coach Dave Smart the Ravens played a Canadian record 59 games against NCAA teams – earning a more than respectable 41-51 record from 1999-2018.
The Ravens boasted an unreal and never to be broken 37-24 winning record against NCAA teams on Canadian soil but mustered-up only one victory in the USA — beating Providence 77-67 in October 28, 2017.
Dave Smart steps down as Carleton men’s head coach after 14 national titles
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.
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.”
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.
“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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