Victoria, B.C — Playing on the same floor which their father Lloyd Scrubb did for the Victoria Vikes in 80’s, brothers Philip & Thomas Scrubb and the Carleton Ravens romped through the West Coast capturing the 2014 Guy Vetrie Memorial tournament in convincing fashion.
Carleton the four-time defending champion went 3-0 against Top 25 competition beating the Bishop Gaiters 83-63, tournament host Victoria Vikes 80-64 and the Alberta Golden Bears 69-52 to improve to 7-1 in preseason and 3-0 against CIS teams. The Ravens only loss this season has come at the hands of the Indiana Hoosiers (95-85) in early August when they were without head coach Dave Smart and league MVP Philip Scrubb who were both on international duties with Canada’s Senior Men’s National team.
Both Alberta and Victoria are expected to be contenders in the Canada West and could return to the CIS Final 8, hosted the by Ryerson Rams in downtown Toronto in March 2015. The Bishop Gaiters have been knocking on the door for the past three-season, coming-up short in the RSEQ’s conference title game and are expected once again to challenge the McGill Redmen from Quebec’s supremacy.
Philip Scrubb continued his torrid start to his fifth and final season with a 23-point, four rebound performance against RSEQ contenders Bishop Gaiters, torched his father’s former team (Victoria Vikes) with his third 30-point game of the season finishing, with 32 points, six rebounds and four assists while erupting for 22 in the second-half. Scrubb ended the tournament by dropping a mint 29 points on 11-of-19 shooting and dishing out seven assists against Alberta.
Philip finished the weekend with MVP numbers: 28 PPG, 5.3 APG, 3.6 RPG while going 28-of-51 (54%) from the floor.
Thomas Scrubb a fourth-year 6’7″ hybrid forward for the Ravens also had an exceptional weekend as he continued to make his case for a First-Team All-Canadian nod, alongside his brother Philip. Thomas registered 16 points (8/15 FG’s) and 15 rebound double-double against the Gaiters. Like his brother, he assaulted the Victoria Vikes in their second-game of the West Coast swing by scoring 22-points first-half, including the first nine points on three-constructive triples, he finished the game with 24 points and 9 rebounds on 10-17 shooting.
Thomas finished the weekend with All-Canadian numbers: 17.3 PPG/9.3 RPG.
Outside of the Scrubb brothers the Ravens rotation continues to see a steady improvement, specially down-low as third-year 6’8″ forward Jean-Pierre Charles (Ottawa, On) had two solid efforts, recording 9 points against Bishops and 7 points and 6 rebounds in the Alberta win. 6’11” sophomore Cameron Smythe (Vancouver B.C) had his best showing of the young season with 11-point effort against Gaiters. Against Victoria, the Ravens had no answer for 6’10” forward Chris McLaughlin who beat them up inside repeatedly, showing Carleton’s one glaring weakness. McLaughlin finished with 20-points and 9 rebounds despite facing double and triple teams for much of the 1st-half.
The Ravens return home and will continue their 2014-15 preseason schedule by hosting the House Laughton Tournament (Oct 17-19) at Ravens Nest. Carleton will take on Acadia, Waterloo and Laval and will wrap-up the exhibition portion of the schedule on Nov 2nd at the Carrier dome when it faces Jim Boeheim and the Syracuse Orange.
Kadre Gray wins second consecutive U Sports MVP
Laurentian guard Kadre Gray took his game to another level this season.
That’s saying something.
A year ago, Gray was the top Canadian university male athlete in any sport, the first Laurentian student to win the honour.
He led the country in assists, narrowly missed a scoring title, and — perhaps by default — also won the Mike Moser Memorial Trophy as men’s basketball player of the year.
“Kadre’s work ethic continues to shine bright,” said Laurentian head coach Shawn Swords in a statement.
“He is always looking for ways to improve and refine all aspects of the game.”
If there was any doubt, Gray stifled it in his junior season.
He averaged 31 points, 7.4 rebounds and 6.2 assists per game en route to his second consecutive Moser trophy.
“It’s an amazing accomplishment to do it once,” said Swords.
“And now, to be named MVP twice, is truly a testament to his willingness to learn and improve.
“The Kadre effect has spread throughout our community as well. It is great to see him support our local youth and realize the positive impact he has on everyone.”
Gray received the 2019 Moser trophy Thursday at a gala in Halifax, N.S., ahead of the U Sports Men’s Final 8 tournament.
University of Calgary guard Mambi Diawara, Concordia guard Ricardo Monge and St. Mary’s University guard Kemar Alleyne were also finalists for the award.
Gray was simply a cut above. He posted gaudy stats with notable efficiency, shooting 48.8 per cent from the floor.
He was also a First Team All-Canadian and played with Canada’s national team in FIBA World Cup 2019 Americas Qualifiers against Venezuela and Brazil.
Gray was the only U Sports player to participate in the qualifiers.
Other award winners:
Rookie of the Year (Dr. Peter Mullins Trophy): Alix Lochard, UQAM.
Ken Shields Award for Student-Athlete Community Service: Tanner Graham, Queen’s.
Defensive Player of the Year: Marcus Anderson, Carleton.
Stuart W. Aberdeen Memorial Trophy (Coach of the Year): Dan Vanhooren, Calgary.
Carleton Ravens reclaim OUA Basketball Supremacy
The road to Ontario University Basketball supremacy has been firmly cemented through the Carleton University Ravens.
The Canadian basketball powerhouse has continuously dominated the toughest conference in the country year-in, year out, earning eleven (11) conference titles in Dave Smart’s 19 seasons as head coach.
Recently, the Ryerson Rams have threaten to end the Ravens dominance, earning the first non Carleton Ravens’ back-to-back (2016, 2017) conference titles since Joe Raso and the McMaster Marauders pulled it off in 1996 and 1997. Furthermore, despite the Ravens dominance of the Rams, they have managed to beat Carleton and win meaningfully games in March.
Ryerson, playing in their fourth straight Ontario University Association (OUA) conference championship game — a feat that not even the Ravens have accomplished, were looking for their third conference title in four years, having cut down the mesh at the Ravens’ Nest to win their second straight conference banner two years ago.
Add to the fact that Ryerson ended the Ravens hopes of a perfect season, pulling off a 78-74 road win less than five weeks ago and we once again had the ingredients for another great game.
“Coming into game we put a lot of focus in practice on limiting their key players and making it tough for them.” discussed Ravens’ point guard Yasiin Joseph after the Ravens executed their game-plan to perfection, beating the Ryerson Rams 81-61 to reclaiming Wilson Cup supremacy with their second straight conference title.
Carleton ripped off 12-0 run and held the Rams scoreless for over four minutes to grab 25-18 lead after one quarter. Ravens starting back-court of Yasiin Joseph (20 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists) and Munis Tutu (16 points, 6 assists, 2 rebounds) both played outstanding, controlling the offense and were great on the boards.
“Ryerson is a tough team and you have to be prepared. We made some adjustments from the previous game that helped us come on top.” Also commented Tutu, a Windsor, Ontario native who is looking for his first national title with the Ravens after falling short to the Rams in the national semi-final game.
Now three games away from potentially tasting national glory, Tutu understands the importance of staying focused and trusting the plan. “It’s going to be difficult, we are going to put in a tough week of practice, and prepare for our next opponent and try to bring the championship back to Ottawa.”
Eddie Ekiyor continued his All-Canadian campaign with 16 points and 6 rebounds in 22 minutes. TJ Lall returned from his one game suspension and almost had a perfect game with 10 points, 7 rebounds on 5-of-6 shooting.
Both teams shot poorly from the three-point line going a combined 8-of-49 (16%). Carleton limited the Rams offense to just seven assists and had fairly comfortable +17 (43-26) advantage on the glass.
6’11” Tanor Ngom continued to showcase his upside leading Ryerson in scoring with 15 points and four rebounds including a few exciting dunks for the standing room only, capacity crowd. JV Mukama was largely held in check and finished with 12 points and 8 rebounds including 0-7 from three-point shooting. Myles Charvis started off hot, but cooled down considerably, scoring 8 of his 10 points in the first quarter in 34 minutes.
Carleton won their first OUA conference basketball title of the Dave Smart era in his fourth year and they went on to three-peat on two occasions, from 2003-2005 and again from 2008-2010. They also took home top honors in 2011, 2013, 2015, 2018 and now once again 2019.
The only years the Ravens have failed to win the national title as conference champions were in 2008 when they lost to the Acadia Axemen, 2010 against Saskatchewan and recently against Ryerson in 2018.
The Ravens are now the odds on favorites to earn the top seed at next weeks Final 8 National Championships in Halifax, Nova Scotia — a place where they have won 8 of their record 13 national titles.