Ottawa, Ont. – (BasketballBuzz) – After coming up short on many occasions the Carleton Ravens finally got a signature win against one of the top dogs of NCAA collegiate basketball.
Fourth-year point guard Philip Scrubb (Vancouver, B.C) put together arguably his best performance in a Ravens uniform and perhaps in the history of the team by shredding the Wisconsin Badgers (B1G Ten) defense for a game-high 30 points and 12 assists, while senior forward Tyson Hinz (Ottawa, Ont.) added his third straight double-double of the preseason with 25 points and 10 rebounds as the Carleton Ravens defeated the Wisconsin Badgers 95-82 in-front of a sold-out, standing room only crowd at Ravens Nest earning their third straight victory over NCAA Division I team.
The Ravens rod a hot start and used a 12-0 run late in the first-half to grab a 51-36 half-time lead, largely due to the hot shooting of both Hinz (18 points, 4 rebounds) and Scrubb (15 points, 8 assists) who combined for 33 of the Carleton’s 51 first-half points.
Sophomore Sam Decker (Sheboygan, WI) carried the Badgers offensively with an impressive second-half (21 points) performance and finished with 28 points and seven rebounds, connecting on 9-of-13 shots and 4-of-6 triples. Point guard Traevon Jackson kept the Carleton fans entertained with his 19-point effort, which included some jaw dropping crossovers to free him up for open jumpers.
Scrubb shot 12-for-21 from floor, nailed 3-of-6 from the outside and was a perfect 3-for-3 the foul line, while playing the entire 40 minutes. According to assistant head coach Rob Smart (9th season) this was Scrubb’s best game in his four-years with the team.
“Yeah and that’s a good defensive team, they are tough – every year they are a top 10 defensive team and he’s a helluva of a player.”
“The other thing he did well today, I thought he covered well, Brust is good player and he covered him for most of the game on top of handling most of our decision making.”
Badgers leading scorer (15 PPG/2012-13), senior guard Ben Brust was limited to just 4 points on 2-of-8 from the floor.
Legendary Head Coach Bo Ryan who kicked off his 30th season on the sideline, (13th with the Badgers) and his staff also knew they would be in tough against Carleton.
“Oh yeah we knew they were good players” referring to Scrubb and Hinz.
“Defensively we have rules and until you get into the heat of the battle you don’t know’em – You think you know em, and our guys found out an awful lot tonight on how we handle ball screens and handle pick and roles.”
Scrubb nickled and dimed, continuously exploited the Badgers inability to guard their patented pick and roll offensive sets by making the right decisions almost everytime, either knocking down the open jumper, when UW guards went underneath the screens or finding open team-mates for wide open shots and layups underneath.
“I’m pretty comfortable with the sets we run and I know the reads that are there and we have plenty of guys that can hit shots and finish inside, so I don’t have to make a great play, I just gotta move the ball.” discussed Scrubb in our post game interview.
The Ravens shot 53.6% from the field and only turned the ball over six times to hang on to a signature victory that will surely will rank at the top of the programs list, specially after several close margins of defeat against the creme de la creme of Americas finest collegiate basketball institutions.
Carleton who is in pursuit of their tenth Canadian University National championship have dropped close decisions against the Louisville Cardinals 66-67 in 2006, Kansas Jayhawks 83-84 in 2008 and most recently against UNLV 70-74 in 2012.
Ravens (3-0) will wrap-up the NCAA preseason portion of the schedule against the 2013 NCAA finalists Syracuse Orange on Friday. The highly anticipated match-up will showcase two of Canada’s premier point guards as Syracuse freshmen Tyler Ennis will take on two-time CIS Men’s Basketball Player of the Year Philip Scrubb at the home of NHL’s Ottawa Senators and site of the upcoming 2014 CIS Men’s Final 8 National Championships.
The Badgers (0-1) will continue their week long trip to Canada with date against the Ottawa Gee-Gees who took down TCU Horned Frogs in the opener before heading down the 401 for a trip against the Ryerson Rams.
Carleton played the game without Head Coach Dave Smart (15th Year) who is currently in Puerto Rico with the Canadian Senior Men’s National Team.
Omar Shiddo: Soft-spoken assassin
It’s around 8:30 p.m. on a frigid Wednesday in the dead of winter, and Omar Shiddo is having one of his worst games of the season.
The fourth-year Western Mustangs guard, who has drawn comparisons to Damian Lillard for his clutch shooting, has just five points in the first half of a tight game against the Guelph Gryphons.
In the second half his game marginally improves, but there are a series of missteps — layups that don’t go down, jump shots that rim out and an occasional lack of motion without the ball.
Shiddo also gets hit with a technical foul after a physical bucket he felt should have resulted in an and-one, clapping back at two Guelph players who allegedly chirped at him during the play.
This is a far cry from the kinds of performance Shiddo is known for, and light years away from the 35-point outburst he had four days earlier in an 84-79 win over rival McMaster.
It doesn’t matter — not even remotely.
Western clamps down on defence in the second half and several teammates make big shots. Shiddo helps neutralize Guelph guard Malcolm Glanville, who had 11 first-half points and showed signs of catching fire.
Shiddo finishes with 12 points on 4-15 shooting, his second-lowest total of the year. Five other Mustang players players score in double-digits, including 27 points from sharp-shooting guard Eriq Jenkins.
Western pulls away and cruises to a 94-73 victory that’s as ugly as it is decisive.
“That’s a win, boys!” someone shouts emphatically as the team gathers for a post-game huddle in the cavernous, mostly-empty Alumni Hall in London, Ont. — Western’s home court.
“Guys on my team stepped up,” said Shiddo minutes later in an interview, his soft-spoken analysis tumbling out as quickly as he jukes opponents, like water over Niagara Falls.
“The second half was more of other guys doing their thing and me not having to do as much scoring, which I love to do. It’s all about team … we got a big win.”
Shiddo is unquestionably a leader — and on most nights, the most effective offensive weapon — on a Western team loaded with potential.
In his tenure, the Mustangs have been as good as they have been in a decade, with a legitimate chance to challenge for a berth in the U Sports Final 8 — Canada’s version of March Madness — in Ottawa.
“That’s our goal from the beginning of the year — trying to get to nationals,” said Shiddo, who grew up in Brampton, Ont., a hotbed that has produced several NBA players, including Cleveland Cavaliers forward Tristan Thompson and former No. 1 pick Anthony Bennett.
“We think we’re a top-five team in the country,” said Shiddo. “We’ve just need to continue to play like it.”
Western is ranked outside the Top 10 nationally, but has the second-best record in the Ontario University Athletics (OUA), four points behind the Carleton Ravens.
They’re also first in the OUA West division, with a roster that skews relatively young: Seven of the 12 players are freshmen or sophomores.
Nikola Farkic, a 6-foot point guard from Waterloo, is team captain and Jenkins (Windsor, Ont.) is arguably its most reliable three-point threat. Veteran forward Julian Walker (Barrie, Ont.) anchors a front court with considerable promise, thanks in large part to lean, athletic second-year players Aaron Tennant (London, Ont.) and Ukasha Khan (Brampton, Ont.).
“A lot of stuff goes unnoticed on the stat sheet,” said Shiddo. “But we’ve got a full team and we’re 10 deep. Everybody plays their role. We’re not a team where it’s one guy.”
He’s right. This win over Guelph is proof enough of that. And yet in crunch time, Shiddo has a penchant for taking over games, Lillard-style, and making big shots.
It has become part of Western lore.
When Lillard puts a team on his back and wills it to victory in the fourth quarter, fans and media call it Dame Time. When Shiddo does this, it’s #Omellytime.
Shiddo showed hints of his #Omelly mentality early against Guelph. After Western fell behind 10-2 in the first quarter, his demeanor shifted from deferential to aggressive, pushing the ball up the floor and calmly making a mid-range jumper to cut the lead to six.
Minutes later, he drilled a three-pointer to make it 12-7, and attacked the basket for a layup that lingered on the rim but didn’t fall. His teammates took their cue and soon Western had its first lead of the game.
At the end of the first quarter the score was 28-28. At halftime Western led 47-46, and they never looked back.
“I’m not the rah rah type of — football type of leader,” said Shiddo. “I try to lead by example.
“Say what has to be said, and other than that just lead by example. It’s not how much you say, it’s about what you say.”
In U Sports, most teams are at the mercy of a Carleton dynasty that has won 14 of the last 17 national championships.
Western is a long shot to come anywhere near the title game this season, and Carleton is favoured to win it. When the teams meet for a regular-season tilt at Alumni Hall on Jan. 31, it will likely be for the last time.
Shiddo is nobody’s fool. He knows the odds are stacked against his team, even if he’s at his best and #Omellytime is in full effect.
His confidence is tempered with realism, but it’s still there.
“Against a team like that we’re not going to be up by one at half — we’ll probably be down by 20,” he said. “We have to play our perfect game.”
They will almost certainly not be perfect. They will almost certainly lose. And yet Omar Shiddo, the soft-spoken assassin, has a question for you.
“Why not shock the country,” he said, “and beat the No. 1 team?”
Carleton Ravens set records in 129-44, 85-point beat-down of York Lions
The No. 1 ranked Carleton Ravens improved to 16-2 overall and 8-0 in Ontario University Athletics (OUA) conference action with a 129-44 — 85 point beat-down of the York Lions to set a modern-day U Sports men’s basketball record, for most points scored and the largest margin of victory in a OUA conference game.
The Ravens’ 129 points is the most points scored in a (OUA) game and the third highest scoring output in historic programs’ 58-year history. Carleton routed the Fleming Knights (CCAA/OCAA) 130-78 in non-conference win on October 3, 2009. The 85-point win is the second largest margin of victory in team’s history — including CIAU, CIS, OUA conference, non-conference and games against NCAA teams.
According to historic records, and stats guru Martin Timmerman, the Ravens’ also hold the bragging rights for the most points scored and largest margin of victory in Canadian university basketball history. The all-time mark dates back to the 1964-1965 season with the Ravens’ beating the Ottawa Gee-Gees 144-52 — a whooping 92 point victory in the old Ottawa-St. Lawrence Intercollegiate Association (IAA) conference which was part of the Canadian Interuniversity Athletics Union (CIAU).
The OUA was formed on July 1st of 1997 in a amalgamation of the both the Ontario Universities Athletic Association (OUAA) and the Ontario Women’s Interuniversity Athletic Association (OWIAA).
The previous largest OUA margin of victory stood firmly at 81, 77 points respectively, dating back to two occasions involving the same two teams. January 15, 2011 — the Ravens pounded the now defunct Royal Military College (RMC) men’s basketball program with a 121-40 win in Kingston, Ontario. Two weeks later, on January 28, in Ottawa, the Ravens’ won by a easy 77 points, in a 101-24 cake walk victory.
The York Lions (7-15, 1-10 OUA) never had a chance — trailing 32-7 after the first 10 minutes and down 64-21 at half-time. The Lions allowed the Ravens’ to outscored them 35-15 in the third-quarter and were limited to just 9 points in the final 10 minutes — while giving-up an another 35-point-quarter.
Stanley Mayambo 17 points, 4 rebounds paced seven Ravens’ players in double-figures. Lloyd Pandi added 14 points, 2 rebounds. Aiden Warnholtz played a game-high 28 minutes off the bench and contributed with 13 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists. All of Carleton’s players scored at least five points and attempted at least five shots with only one bench player logging less then 10 minutes of playing time. None of the Carleton’s starting five logged more than 19 minutes of action.
Carleton knocked down 45-of-77 (58.4%) field-goals, made 15-of-32 (46.5%) three-pointers and connected on a healthy 24-30 (80%) from free-throws — while limiting the Lions to just 14-of-62 (22.6%), 4-of-20% (20%) from downtown and 12-of-23 (52%) free-throws.
Carleton, currently on a four-game home stretch will take on the Nipissing Lakers before closing out the first semester with a highly anticipated showdown against nationally ranked and cross-town rival Ottawa Gee-Gees.
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