OTTAWA (CIS) It was a game for the history books in Ottawa on Sunday afternoon as the Carleton University Ravens won their record-setting ninth CIS mens basketball championship, and their third in a row, at Scotiabank Place. Carleton took the bite out of the Lakehead Thunderwolves with a dominating performance in a 92-42 win as they reached the summit in mens university hoops honours for another year.
Carleton is now in a league of their own when it comes to W.P. McGee Trophy triumphs.
It was an interesting season for myself and the team. I had no idea how it was going to turn out, said Ravens head coach, Dave Smart.
I demand so much from players every season and this year was not an exception. We had some good days and bad days. To see the players come together and work so hard for this championship is very special.
The Ravens entered the Final Eight with eight championship rings, tied with Victoria, but that changed this weekend after the Vikes were eliminated by Carleton in Fridays opening round.
The possibility of making CIS basketball history clearly motivated the Ravens who appeared to be on an unstoppable mission from the opening tip off.
Carleton scored on their first rush down the floor as Clinton Springer-Williams drained a nifty jumper to give the Ravens a 3-0 lead and they never looked back. They were ahead 18-8 after the first quarter, 40-19 at halftime and 66-28 after 30 minutes of action.
Lakehead kept off the scoreboard for the first five minutes and 43 seconds of the contest.
This game and afternoon was filled with Carleton highlights and another impressive display by the most successful program in the country.
With Sundays win the Ravens have captured the W.P McGee Trophy nine of the last 11 years.
Weve been witnessing something special in the last 11 years, said Jennifer Brenning, Carletons athletic director.
Dave works so hard every year to improve the program by recruiting quality kids to Carleton. It makes me very proud when I see them win.
The Ravens continued to pile up points in the opening quarter and were ahead 11-0 before Lakeheads Matthew Schmidt picked up a three pointer of his own to get the T-Wolves on the board.
Carletons inspired play continued in the following frame as they put up another 22 points. The Ravens not only scored at will but defended like masters as they shut Lakehead down allowing only 19 points in the opening half and went into the break with a comfortable 21-point lead.
The third quarter started with a brief push back by Lakehead but that was short lived as Carleton increased their sizeable lead to 38 points after three quarters.
The final quarter of CIS mens basketball for this year saw the Ravens rack up 26 points compared to 14 for Lakehead.
The 50-point winning margin more than doubled the previous record for win-loss differential. In 1964 Windsor defeated UBC 94-70. In 1971 Acadia outscored Manitoba 72-48.
The Ravens established another record by limiting the Lakehead offence to just 42 points for.
Lakehead has been to six CIS championships and the last four, but had lost in the first round each of the past three years. But it had been 36 years since the program participated in the 1977 final game. The Thunderwolves were there in 1973 as well. This years final is definitely one they will want to forget.
Every year players graduate from university and that is the case with Carleton forward Kyle Smendziuk who finished out a five-year run with the Ravens.
During my time at Carleton, coach Smart has prepared me for every game and any situation. He has helped me with more than just basketball. My work ethic has improved and I have matured as a young adult under his guidance. It has been a tremendous experience attending Carleton and to leave as a national champion is a fantastic feeling.
Thomas Scrubb (196-F), a third-year guard from Richmond, B.C., was honoured twice after todays final, first as player of the game for the winning side, and then as tournament MVP. He succeeded younger brother Philip as the recipient of the Jack Donohue Trophy following a 17-point, eight-rebound performance.
For other Ravens scored in double figures, including Philip Scrubb (15), Clinton Springer-Williams (13), Tyson Hinz (198-F-91) (11) and Dan Penner (10). With the game in hand early, Smart had the luxury of utilizing all 12 of his players for at least five minutes.
In a losing cause, Dwayne Harvey (G) was the only Lakehead player to put up interesting statistics as he finished with a 10-point, 10-rebound double-double.
Earlier in the day, the McGill Redmen won the consolation final with a convincing 80-68 victory over Victoria to end the tourney in fifth position.
The bronze medal game between Ottawa and Acadia was decided in overtime with the Gee-Gees coming out on top 92-85.
Carleton will again play host to the Final Eight in 2014, from March 7 to 9 at Scotiabank Place.
Sunday, March 10 11:00 5th place: McGill 80, Victoria 68 13:15 Bronze medal game: Ottawa 92, Acadia 85 (OT) 15:30 Championship final: Carleton 92, Lakehead 42 Courtesy of host organizing committee (Mike Beasley)
All-Quebec League Summary 2013 - Mar 2, 2013
MONTREAL - Montrealer Adrian Hynes-Guery (190-G, college: Amer.Internat.) scored 24 points as McGill rallied from a 15-point deficit to defeat Bishop's 77-74 in a heart-thumping RSEQ men's basketball championship final before a record crowd of 1,023 at Love Competition Hall, Saturday.
It was McGill's 21st conference title overall but their first since 1986, when they advanced to a CIS regional tournament. The Redmen are scheduled to depart on Wednesday for the CIS Final Eight in Ottawa, March 6-10. It will be their first appearance at the CIS national tourney since 1979 and they will be bidding for their first-ever national title.
Combined with the McGill Martlets 51-48 home-court victory over Concordia in the Quebec women's final earlier in the day, it marked the second time in school history that both McGill basketball teams had won a conference title in the same season, the other occurrence happening in 1985-86.
Bishop's led 23-14 after the opening quarter and 42-28 at halftime, then took what appeared to be an insurmountable 49-34 lead less than three minutes into the second half. But McGill narrowed the gap to 61-55 by the end of the third quarter and finally grabbed the lead at 68-67 with 4:04 remaining in the game on a three-point play by Hynes-Guery.
The lead changed hands four times in the final four minutes and the Gaiters bounced back to take a 74-70 advantage with 2:20 left but McGill rallied the troops again. Hynes-Guery scored the winning basket with 67 seconds remaining, draining his second trey of the game to put McGill ahead 75-74.
Hynes-Guery, a first-year transfer from the NCAA's American International College, made only four of 15 shots from the field but shot an impressive 14-for-16 from the foul line.
"My heart was beating, the pressure was on, the game was close and luckily we were able to pull through and get this win, it feels good," said Hynes-Guery, a 6-foot-3, 185-pound point-guard who is majoring in physical and health education. "Our defence stepped up in the second half and that was the key to victory. We played all those games throughout the season to get to the playoffs. The season really comes down to two playoff games and luckily we had the home court advantage based on how we played throughout the season. We had our fans with us and we're able to get the championship for them."
Teammate Simon Bibeau (188-G-91), a junior guard from St. Bruno, Que., came off the bench to score 12 points and Vincent Dufort (195-F) of Smiths Falls, Ont., added nine points with 10 rebounds. Aleksandar Mitrovic (198-F), a native of Belgrade (Serbia), also contributed nine points and Bermuda-born Te'Jour Riley had eight points and as many rebounds.
Rounding out the scoring for McGill's international lineup was Nathan Joyal (198-F) (7) of St. Lazare, Que., team captain Winn Clark (6) of Mission Hills, Kansas, and Rodrigo Imperador (195-F) (2), a native of Brazil.
"Everyone's heart was thumping in the last minute, we were pretty excited," said Clark, a chemistry and economics senior who had to leave the game for a few minutes in the opening quarter after a heavy, mid-air collision with Gaiters forward Jeremy Leonard-Smith (193-F). "We've been working hard all week and knew we had the confidence to come through at the end. Adrian hit some big shots down the stretch and we we're able to defend them when we needed to. The character of this team is incredible. Down the stretch Te'jour had multiple big rebounds, Simon hit big shots and Aleks hit a pair of big free-throws. Everyone just came together and played their butts off."
Four Gaiters reached double figures in scoring, led by 22 from Mike Andrews (208-C), a 6-foot-10, 235-pound centre from Oakville, Ont., who was named earlier this week as both, the conference's player of the year and most outstanding defensive player.
Tim Hunter (201-F) of Baie d'Urfe, Que., added 17 for BU, going 5-for-8 from three-point range, making all five of his treys in the first half. Leonard-Smith, who hails from Ottawa, sunk 14 and Onnex Blackwood of Scarborough, Ont., had 10.
McGill, which held a 35-27 advantage in rebounds against a taller Bishop's squad, shot 34.9 per cent from the floor (22/63) and made seven of 21 three-pointers. They went to the foul-line a season-high 30 times and sunk 26 of them for a stellar 86.7 success rate.
The Gaiters connected on 40.0 per cent from the floor (27/66) and 47.4 from the arc (9/19) but in essence lost the game at the free-throw line where they shot just 55 per cent, making 11 of 20 attempts.
"I'm so thrilled for these kids, they've played so hard all year, they've battled and have been resilient throughout the season," said McGill bench boss David DeAveiro , who was coaching in his 100th game (54-46) over his three seasons with the Redmen. "At halftime we talked about this being a great opportunity for us and we we're letting it slip away. So we just talked about bearing down on defence and made a couple of adjustments in the offensive end that made a big difference in the second half.
"I think that nerves we're part of the reason why we had a slow start and we didn't execute any of our game plan in the first half. So I don't know if our game plan wasn't a very good one or we just didn't execute it. But I think you saw a better team in the second half. We much more in control, running our offence and following our defensive concepts a little bit more. This group has been so resilient all year. They just believe in themselves and that is a big part of being successful."
VANCOUVER The UBC Thunderbirds survived a three-point attempt at the buzzer from the top marksman in the conference to win the Canada West title 72-69 over the Victoria Vikes on Saturday at War Memorial Gym.
UBC's O'Brian Wallace (185-G, college: Miles CC) had two key steals in the last minute of play to keep the Birds on top, and Doug Plumb (193-G, college: Minnesota St.) had one of his best games as a Bird in his final home game with the team, dropping a game-high 22 points on 7-8 shooting, adding nine rebounds and five assists.
Chris McLaughlin (208-C) finished with 21 points, four steals and six rebounds in only 22 minutes of action. Dunlop and Terrell Evans both chipped in 12 points for the Vikes as well.
The win came in front of a season-high crowd of 2,488 at War Memorial Gym. Hanson gave a nod to the extra energy his team took from the crowd to come back from a 13-point deficit in the semifinals, and said it made the gold medal win even more memorable.
UBC got 13 points from Tommy Nixon (198-F) and 10 from Jordan Jensen-Whyte (196-G-94). Brylle Kamen (201-F, college: San Jose St.) added eight points and seven boards, and playing his usual tough low post defence to keep Victoria under 40 per cent shooting from the field.
HALIFAX, N.S. - The top-seeded and CIS No. 2-ranked Cape Breton Capers captured their fourth AUS championship banner and their first since the 2009-10 season Sunday afternoon with an 83-75 victory over the defending champion Acadia Axemen in front of 3,484 fans at the Halifax Metro Centre.
With the win, the Capers advance to next weekend's CIS Final 8 championship in Ottawa.
Jimmy Dorsey (188-G), the two-time defending AUS player of the year, took home a trio of post-tournament awards as he was named the Subway Player of the game, a tournament all-star and the championship most valuable player.
Dorsey finished with a game-high 30 points and was a perfect 16-of-16 from the free-throw line.
Acadia's Owen Klassen (208-F-91), the AUS defensive player of the year, was excellent in a losing cause as he collected 24 points and 8 rebounds.
Both teams had a tough time generating much offense in the first quarter as team defense played a pivotal role in the low scoring 13-9 Acadia lead after ten minutes.
The Axemen broke away with the lead late in the first frame off two key baskets from second-year guard Sean Stoqua (180-PG) and fourth year forward Owen Klassen.
The second quarter showed why these were two of the best teams in the conference this season as they went basket-for-basket, providing the fans with fast paced action at both ends of the court.
Klassen led all players with 11 points at the half. The score was 35-31 for the Axemen after two quarters.
Though the Axemen held a slim lead at 58-54 through the first three quarters, the Capers saved their best effort for last as they outscored Acadia 29-17 in the final frame en route to capping a perfect championship weekend and punching their ticket to the CIS Final 8 men's basketball championship.
TORONTO - They had met twice before, including an epic three-overtime battle two weeks ago, but the stakes were much higher in the third meeting this season between the Ottawa Gee-Gees and the Carleton Ravens. This meeting would decide which team would take the Wilson Cup trophy back to Ottawa. The game was close throughout, but the championship experience of the Carleton Ravens shone through as they outlasted their crosstown rival, 72-69. The Wilson Cup Final Four championship was presented by Recharge with Milk.
Carleton jumped out early with OUA east player of the year Philip Scrubb (190-G-92) and brother Thomas, the east defensive player of the year in his own right, combining to score the first six points of the game, but Ottawa didn't cave. The teams traded baskets before the Gee-Gees went on a run to take a lead.
With first team all-star Warren Ward (196-G-89) on the bench in foul trouble for Ottawa, the Gee-Gees still managed to scramble back and briefly claim a 14-13 lead before the Ravens replied with two baskets to take a 17-14 lead into the quarter break.
It was balanced scoring in the second quarter that allowed the Ravens to extend their lead. Philip Scrubb had five in the frame while reserve guard Kewyn Blain (185-G) played key minutes and added seven. As a team, Carleton scored 21 points in the quarter, while holding their national capital rivals to 14.
Not wanting to fall behind too far, the Ottawa Gee-Gees came out of the halftime break with intensity. Strong inside and perimeter play from Ward allowed the Gee-Gees to open the half on an 8-2 to get within two buckets. Carleton went on a small run of their own to finish the quarter up nine, 54-45.
A quick start again in the fourth got Ottawa within five, but wouldn't get that close again until a late game push when just 4.7 seconds remained. It was at that point that Ward hit an off-balance three to pull within three, and then the Gee-Gee defence forced a five-second violation in the ensuing inbound play. With one play left to tie the ballgame, Ward's three-point attempt missed giving Carleton their second straight Ontario University Athletics title and their eighth in the last 11 seasons.
Thomas Scrubb (196-F) was named the Porter AirlinesPlayer of the Game, quietly collecting 17 points and 9 boards to lead his team in both catagories. Philip Scrubb and Clinton Springer Williams each had 15 points in the win.
"Ottawa is probably the second-best team right now in the country," said MVP Scrubb, looking ahead to next weekend's tournament. "I'm sure we'll be playing them again this season."
Scrubb was also quite complimentary of the Wilson Cup venue.
"I think it's the best stadium that we've played in this season. Downtown Toronto is a great location and you feel like you're a professional here. We don't get to play in stadiums like this very often, it's different, special."
In his final OUA contest, fifth-year Ottawa guard Warren Ward was not going to go down without a fight. Ward led all scorers with 27 points, including 21 in the second half, and added 10 rebounds for the double-double. Johnny Berhanemeskel (185-G) had 14 points in the loss, while Gabriel Gonthier-Dubue (198-F) and Vikas Gill (201-F) chipped in 13 and 10 points respectively.
Both teams will now represent Ontario University Athletics at the CIS Men's Basketball - Final 8 taking place March 8-10 in Ottawa. The Ravens will serve as host for the event which is being played at Scotiabank Place. The seedings for the Final 8 will be released on Sunday, March 3.
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