In the most anticipated match-up of this CIS season thus far, it’s hard to imagine a game with more story lines. The Ravens and Gee-Gees are not only cross-town rivals, they sit first and second (respectively) in the CIS Rankings and were the only two undefeated teams in the OUA heading into this game. For a different look, let’s break this game down by the numbers.
Interestingly enough, both teams have almost identical numbers from inside the arc. The Gee-Gees, on average, make 23.4 of their 43 attempts per game while the Ravens make 23.1 of their 43.9 attempts, giving Ottawa U the inside edge with 54.4% to Carleton’s 52.6%.
The stats held true as the inside battle was a dead heat. Ottawa went 17/39 compared with Carleton’s 17/37. With both teams scoring 34 points from two point range, the game would have to be decided on the perimeter or from the free throw line.
Johnny Berhanemeskel averages 24.4 points per game (fourth in CIS) with a season high 34 points against Windsor. Phil Scrubb averages 20.2 points per game, with a monster 44 point performance against McMaster. The Ottawa defense, however, were able to hold Phil Scrubb to just 7 points but he managed 8 assists. Johnny was also below his average, but still provided 17 points to lead his team, adding 8 rebounds.
Ottawa made 12/17 free throws in the game for 70.6%, shooting below their season average of 75.7% with 6 fewer attempts. Carleton only missed one of their 16 free throws, taking 7 fewer attempts than their average but shooting well above their 76.2% average at 93.8% in the game.
While both teams made fewer trips to the free throw line, Carlton earned a 3 point advantage from the line.
The Ravens average 45.1% and were shooting just below that mark (44.1%) in the game, but attempted 10 more than their average allowing them to make 4 more, for a total of 15 made 3-pointers in the game lead by Tyson Hinz who made 4/5 in the first half and 6/9 in the game and Clinton Springer-Williams who was 4/8.
The Gee-Gees were slightly above their season average (36.8%) shooting 37.5% but their 3-point attempts were also on pace with their season, scoring 9/24 with Mike L’Africain going 0/4 in stark contrast to his 5/8 shooting a week earlier against Waterloo when the team went 15/33.
The three-point game goes to Carleton, with an 18-point advantage.
The top performer of the game was Tyson Hinz for the Carleton Ravens who scored a season high 32 points on 11/18 shooting. Thomas Scrubb offered 18 points, 7 rebounds and Clinton Springer Williams rounds-out the Ravens’ top three with 16 points and 8 rebounds.
Ottawa was led by Johnny Berhanemeskel with 17 points, 8 rebounds and Caleb Agada added 14 points, 4 rebounds. Vikas Gill and Terry Thomas each scored 11 points, while Terry added 7 rebounds and 4 blocked shots.
In the end, #1 beat #2, from the 3-point line. It all adds up to a victory for the Carleton Ravens who won the game on the perimeter, with a little help at the free throw line. The final score: Carleton Ravens 94, University of Ottawa Gee-Gees 73. The two teams will meet again on January 21st at the Canadian Tire Centre for the Annual Capital Hoops Classic.
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.