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Carleton Ravens vs. Ottawa Gee-Gees – By the Numbers



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.

Inside Shooting
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.

The Stars
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.

Free-Throw Shooting
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.

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Three-Point Shooting
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.

Game Performers
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.


Highly touted Alabama Crimson Tide Return To Canada



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



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



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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