Ravens chasing 7 straight, after their defense stops the Redmen
#2 Carleton Ravens 74 #3 McGill Redmen 58 – The Ravens stay on track as they chase their 7th straight National crown. CU get out to a 17 point lead at the break, and hold steady in the 2nd half. Again, their offensive rebounding gives them a big edge (14-7), and their ball-handling is 100% better (only 9 TOs) than it was in their 1st round win against Calgary.
The Black Birds’ 3 point shooters weren’t hot as a team, but Connor Wood had his usual sharp eye, cashing 4/7 from outside, as he led the scoring with 20 pts plus 5 rebounds. Kaza Kajami-Keane, who, along with Wood, hardly left the floor, had a serious impact at both ends, with 16 points/ 5 rebounds/ 7 assts/ 3 steals. Eddie Ekiyor and Emmanuel Owootoah hit 10 points each, with Ekiyor adding 6 rebounds.
The Redmen threw their vaunted defense at Carleton, led by the three-some of Dale Ogundokun, Jenning Leung, and Michael Peterkin, and except for the 25 points surrendered in the 2nd quarter, they were solid. Foul shooting let the Reds down, as they hit just 61% on 14/23 attempts, while the defending champions score 15/19 – 79% at their end.
It was the Ravens defense that made the big statement, limiting McGill shooters to 37.5% FG, with Leung the MU high man at 13 points, largely on his fine 4/9 from 3 point range. Ogundokun toiled for a full 38 minutes for his 10 pts/ 7 rebounds/ 5 assists.
Carleton will play Ryerson, the team to whom they lost the recent OUA title game, in the U-Sports Final on Sunday at 1 pm. Ryerson meets Dalhousie for the bronze at 10:30.
Rams survive a ‘back-yard brawl’ in win over Dalhousie
#1 Ryerson Rams 59 #5 Dalhousie Tigers 58 – This was a tense nail-biter of a contest, with neither team able to operate a consistently efficient attack vs the other’s defense. A total of 41 turnovers, and 36-37% shooting reduced the ‘marks for artistic impression’. This was more of a ‘back-alley brawl, with one star from each team being assessed the magic 5 fouls.
In fact, it may have been Richie Kanza Mata’s 5th with 3:10 remaining that took away a necessary key for the Tigers. Ammanuel Diressa drew his 5th for the Rams, but not until the final seconds.
Up by 10 early in the 2nd quarter, Dal found themselves fighting desperately in the final frame, on the short end of a 56-50 count at the 4:30 mark. Diressa hits a pair of free throws for Ryerson to make it 59-56 with just under a minute on the clock. Sven Stammberger hit 2 freebies for Dalhousie, but that was all the scoring, as Kashrell Lawrence’s 3 point attempt for the Dal win bounces off with 3 seconds left.
Filip Vujadinovic, a 3rd year, 6-7 forward from Burlington, ON, had 16 points/ 5 rebs as 6th man for the OUA champs. He got help from Diressa , who hit 15 pts/ 3 rebs/ 2 steals, and Adika Peter-McNeilly, with his 13 pts/ 7 rebs/ 3 steals.
The Tigers could not complete this one critical come-back to reach the gold medal game, with only 5 points off their bench. Lawrence tallied 16 pts/ 8 rebs/ 3 steals, and Jarred Reid chipped in with 13 pts/ 8 rebs/3 steals . Box Score
Ryerson get a crack at Carleton again in the all-OUA National Final, while the Tigers meet McGill for the bronze. Sunday: bronze-medal game, 10:30 a.m.; gold-medal game, 1 p.m.
The Championship Final will be on Sportsnet One, with the Bronze Medal contest available via webcast on U-Spots TV1
Consolation Final – Calgary Dinos 96 Saint Marys Huskies 65 – ‘Playing possum’ ? We’re not sure, but the Dinos go down 38 – 34 in a not atypically slow 1st half, and then … 62 in the final 20 minutes?! Nice half-time ‘refresher’ ! There are 39 turnovers in this somewhat predictable ‘YMCA’ Classic .
This one turns into a blow-out in the 3rd , with Calgary on their way to 58.5% shooting from the field, vs 32% for the Huskies. UC are 8/15 – 53% from 3 vs 21% for SMU. Thomas Cooper has another fine effort with 28 points in his final game for Calgary, adding 8 rebs/ 4 assists/ 4 steals. Mambi Diawara is sharp again with 15 pts/ 6 assts/ 4 steals, and Connor Foreman follows up a good one on Friday with 14 points in 16 minutes here.
For SMU, it’s Marquis Clayton the leader with 18 pts/ 6 rebs, then Will Flander scoring 9 with 7 boards and 3 steals, and Achuil Lual scoring 10 pts/ 5 rebs . Box Score
- The Women’s Finals 8 from Victoria Saturday –
Semi #1 Laval 78 vs Queens 67
Semi #2 McGill 66 vs Carleton 60
Consolation Final – Regina 79 Saskatchewan 76
- On Sunday – bronze medal game at 10 am (Pacific) on U-Sports TV1 Championship at 1 pm on Sportsnet 360 TV