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Tyson Hinz Leads Carleton Ravens to 10th CIS Men’s Basketball Championship

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Ottawa, On – (BasketballBuzz) – In his final game in a Ravens uniform, Tyson Hinz led the way with 30 points, six rebounds, five assists as Carleton beat the University of Ottawa Gee-Gees 79-67 to claim their fourth straight CIS National Championship – a record tenth championship for Coach Dave Smart in the past twelve years.

The Ravens were stunned by the Ottawa Gee-Gees at the buzzer in a wild Wilson Cup OUA final. Exactly one week later, the Ravens and Gee-Gees met again, this time on the floor of Ottawa’s Canadian Tire Centre, in an all Ottawa rematch for the national championship.

The Ravens had been the top ranked team in the country until last week’s loss. Regardless, there was little doubt that the top two teams in the CIS were taking the floor Sunday afternoon. Coming into Sunday’s final, Smart and the Ravens had “made some adjustments…and tried to change how [they] approached the defensive end and the defensive intensity in terms of staying intense for 40 minutes.”

The game plan was in full effect as neither team was able to find any offensive rhythm in a first quarter largely defined by the Ravens rebounding and defense. Thomas Scrubb led the charge for the Ravens in the first quarter with six points on 2-4 shooting. Unlike last week, the Gee-Gees were unable to establish their outside shooting going 5-14 from the field and 3-9 from  to find them down 16-14 at the first buzzer.

Ottawa came out of the huddle for the second quarter prepared to push the pace and quickly opened up a four point lead on a 6-0 run punctuated by a Terry Thomas three-pointer with just under nine minutes remaining in the quarter. Tyson Hinz answered the call for the Ravens, dominating the Gee-Gees in the paint to the tune of 13 points and 3 rebounds in the second quarter. The Gee-Gees  were able to keep themselves in the game behind 8 points and 3 rebounds from Thomas including a three late in the quarter which tied the game at 33 with under 1:30 left.  Thomas Scrubb (7 points, 3-6 FG, 2-3 3Pt in the quarter) closed the half with a putback to put the Ravens up 37-35 at half-time.

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The Gee-Gees tied the game quickly off a long two from Thomas. That would be as close as the Gee-Gees would get in the third as the Ravens found their rhythm on defense, smothering the Gee-Gees inside and forcing them to shoot from the perimeter. The Ravens also dominated on the glass, out-rebounding Ottawa 14-8 in the quarter. On offense, the Gee-Gees were unable to find an answer for Philip Scrubb or Hinz who continued to punish Ottawa inside and on the glass. The Ravens ended the quarter up by 9, their biggest lead of the game.

Carleton continued to control the pace and the glass in the fourth thanks to Hinz who continued to dominate under the basket with another 9 points in the final frame. The Gee-Gees made a run midway through the quarter to cut the lead to four, but were unable to overcome shooting 6-20 to close the game.

Despite keeping it close throughout the first half, the Gee-Gees simply didn’t have an answer for Hinz, the tournament MVP.  Hinz described Carleton’s effort as “a more complete game. There was forty minutes of battling…but I think in terms of the other game we let up for too long.” The Ravens certainly didn’t, dominating the inside to a plus-15 rebound differential and outscoring the Gee-Gees by 12 in the paint. Officiating was an issue in a physical game with both teams feeling they weren’t getting calls.  Said Ottawa coach James Derouin, “We didn’t get a break tonight. Whether that was a bounce, or a call, or a shot…There was definitely a stretch where it seemed like everything was going their way.”

The Ravens will lose Hinz in the offseason. The veteran big-man described winning his final game at home in Ottawa as “special” but attributed a lot of credit to his teammates. Also graduating this year is Kevin Churchill who relished the chance to exact some revenge on the Gee-Gees in the final game of his CIS career.

Asked about how this title differed from the last nine, Smart hesitated to read too much into his tenth championship, “I don’t know how it’s different. It’s been a long year…I’m so happy for them.”

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Highly touted Alabama Crimson Tide Return To Canada

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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

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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

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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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