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Carleton Ravens outlast rivals Gee-Gees in epic 111-107 triple-overtime classic

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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.

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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.

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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
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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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