Connect with us

Hi, what are you looking for?

U Sports

No. 1 Carleton Ravens take down No. 3 Ottawa Gee-Gees to win 2022 Capital Hoops Classic

Renewing their rivalry after a two-year hiatus, defending U Sports basketball champions Carleton Ravens handed the Ottawa Gee-Gees their first loss of the season.

Nearly two years since their last encounter, the No. 1 Carleton Ravens wasted zero time reminding their Bytown rivals and No. 3 Ottawa Gee-Gees, who is the boss of their storied 60-year basketball rivalry.

Utilizing their trademark defence that has carried them to an unprecedented fifteen U Sports basketball championship banners, the two-time defending champions fought-off a slow start on their way to a well deserved 71-58 win over the previously unbeaten Gees-Gees at the Ravens Nest on Friday night.

Alain Louis (Montreal, QC) controlled the tempo and bullied his way to a double-double with 17 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists to help the Ravens reclaim a hold of the 2022 Capital Hoops Classic trophy. The six-foot-one guard drilled a casual 3/4 court buzzer beater to put the cap on a decisive second-quarter that turned out to be the difference as Carleton took a 35-21 half-time lead.

As is often the case in rivalry games or when playing the Ravens, a few bad possessions, a mental lapse here, a turnover there, is all it takes to swing momentum and kick-start a game changing run.

Two quick fouls on Maxime Boursiquot a minute and a half into the game forced Gee-Gees head coach James Derouin to adjust his game plan. Boursiquot, a highly touted local Ottawa product, signed with the Gee-Gees in the off-season after a short NCAA division I stint with the Northeastern Huskies of the Colonial Athletic Association.

Advertisement. Scroll to continue reading.

A stalemate, 12-11 first-quarter in favour of Carleton followed by a quick third foul on Boursiquot, allowed the Ravens to limit the Gee-Gees to just three-points in the last 6:40 minutes of the second period.

With Boursiquot stapled to the bench and Gee-Gees leading scorer Guillaume Pepin (16.6 PPG) ice-cold, Derouin turned to fifth-year senior guard Gage Sabean for offense.

The six-foot-five Port Williams, Nova Scotia native launched a career-high, twenty (20) three-pointers on his way to a game-high 23 points to keep Ottawa within striking distance.

Sabean finished the game shooting 8-of-25 (32.0%) from the floor and 6-of-20 (30.0%) from three-pointers in 36 minutes. Despite the foul trouble, Boursiquot stayed aggressive in the second-half, scoring 13 of his 18 points in the third-quarter.

Ultimately, it wasn’t enough, as Carleton countered by getting numerous paint buckets off of dribble penetration and unselfish ball movement. Biniam Ghebrekidan added 14 points, 6 rebounds and Aiden Warnholtz chipped in with 10 points and 5 rebounds to round-out the double-digit scores.

Advertisement. Scroll to continue reading.

Carleton doubled-up the Gee-Gees on the boards, winning the battle in the trenches with a 40-21 edge on eleven (11) offensive rebounds. The turnover battle was evenly matched as both teams struggled to keep possession, combining for a total of 35 turnovers.

The victory maintains the Ravens (15-1, 9-0 OUA) undefeated Ontario University Association (OUA) record. The Gee-Gees (14-1, 8-1 OUA) drop their first game of the season. Carleton’s lone blemish, a surprising 82-80 non-conference loss to the Regina Cougars at the Tournoi Rouge et Or in Quebec City.

The two-year gap since their last meeting is the longest since the teams have gone without facing each other. The two teams will battle it out one more time before the extended regular season comes to a close. The Ravens will make the trip to Montpetit Hall on Wednesday, March 2nd, 2022.

Click to comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *


For security, use of Google's reCAPTCHA service is required which is subject to the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Use.

I agree to these terms.

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.




The Ottawa BlackJacks started year five of the CEBL with a thrilling 95-93 win over defending champions Brampton Honey Badgers, thanks to Kadre Gray's...

U Sports

The Ottawa Gee-Gees picked-up one of their biggest wins over their rivals Carleton Ravens to take home the 2023 OUA Championship and the Wilson...

U Sports

Will 2023 be the year of the Ottawa Gee-Gees? A big 30-point statement win over the McMaster Mauradeurs has set the tone for what...


The Kentucky Wildcats blew out the Carleton Ravens 118-56. The 62-point loss ties the worst defeat in the history of the men's basketball program.

U Sports

The Carleton Ravens will play the Northeastern Huskies, Florida State Seminoles, Oregon Ducks and the Kentucky Wildcats in a loaded 2022 NCAA preseason schedule.


Big Blue Nation versus BirdGang in Nassau, as the Kentucky Wildcats and 16-time Canadian U Sports basketball champions Carleton Ravens face off in the...


Seven days after winning his third straight national U Sports basketball championship, Ottawa basketball star Lloydi Pandi becomes the first Carleton Ravens player to...

U Sports

It wouldn't be March Madness without a Cinderella story. The Queens Gaels pulled off the unthinkable, halting a 43-game losing skid to top-ranked Carleton...

BasketballBuzz - Canada's Basketball Magazine