Championship Semifinal # 1 – Carleton 83 Victoria 74 – The result was not unexpected, but the Vistoria Vikes could be excused for taking some satisfaction in how they played in coming back in the 4th quarter after falling behind by 27 points early in the 3rd quarter. The Vikes were 40-22 from that point on, as their shots started to fall, and they had far more luck against the Ravens defense.
Rebounding totals had Carleton way out front 46-30, and that hurt the Vikes, plus the defending champs hit 46% from the floor/ 44% from 12 made 3s. The Ravens had 29 pts, 8 rebs/ 13 assists from Phil Scrubb, as the Vancouver native, in his 5th year, has had 2 stellar games in trying to help his team to a 5th straight CIS title. Victoria got a great effort from point man, Marcus Tibbs, who scored 27 points and added 9 assists, while Chris McLaughlin scored 14 plus grabbing 10 rebounds, and Reiner Theil went 4/5 from 3 point range for 16 points.
The Vikes head to a 3rd place game on Sunday at 12:00 noon Eastern vs the hosts, Ryerson Rams, while Carleton has Ottawa in the 3:00 pm Final. Box Score
Championship Semifinal # 2: Ottawa 84 Ryerson 75 – In an exciting and see-
saw affair in a jammed Mattamy Centre, the Gee-Gees make a strong 2nd half comeback for a berth in the Championship Final. It was 45-36 Rams at the half, but the Ponies erupted for 48 in the 2nd as Ryerson went cold. A 25-12 3rd quarter set the Rams back on their heels, and the Gee-Gees finsihed strong after Ryerson made a late run.
It was a strong game from Vikas Gill with 18 points / 5 rebs, and a big 2nd half for CIS MVP, Johnny Berhanemeskel ( 20 points/ 4 rebs/ 3 assts) which put Ottawa over the top. The Gee-Gees hit 22/37 free throws to 11/15 for the Rams, and that spelled the eventual difference in this one. Adika Peter-McNeilly was tops for Ryerson with 17 points, and Jordan Gauthier scored 14. Ryerson’s all-star guard Jahmal Jones (2 pts) could not get anything going, and that hurt the Rams’ attack. So it’s 3rd/4th for the home team, and another All-Ottawa fInal, as the Gee-Gees get a crack at ending Carleton’s stranglehold on the Cup. Box Score
5th-place game – Saskatchewan 99 Windsor 94 – Putting a tough 1st round loss behind them, Saskatchewan got the flow going on offense, and, led by 29 points from Dadrian Collins they won their 2nd straight in the 5th place game victory over the Windsor Lancers. A nice 32 point explosion in the 2nd quarter staked the Huskies to a 46-34 edge at the break, which they surrendered to a furious 34 point Windsor response in the 3rd. Free throws were big in the win, as the Dogs hit 23/29 vs 17/25 for the Lancers. Ben Baker finished with 19 points, 10 rebounds, 9 assists in his final game for the U of S. The Lancers were paced by 21 from Khalid Abdel-Gabar and 18 plus 10 rebounds by Rotimi Osuntola. Box Score
Sunday, March 15 – the 3rd Place game goes at 11:30 and the Championship Final at 3 pm (Eastern time) both are on TV – Sportsnet 360 & ONE / and on streaming video, which is pay per view ? www.CIS-SIC.tv (So why not watch TV ?)
In the Friday, March 13 – Consolation Semis
game 5 – Saskatchewan 90 Dalhousie 79 – Evan Ostertag hit for 32 points. 4 assts/ 4 steals, leading the Dogs, who shot 52% from the floor, and doubled Dal 49-25 on the boards. dadrian Collins matched Ostertag’s 5/11 from 3 pt range, as he scored 21 for the Huskies. Sven Stammberger was magic for Dalhousie, as the 2nd year post was 13/16, 5/6 from 3, and 34 points. U of S plays Windsor on Saturday ‘s Consolation Final for 5th place. Box Score
game 6 – Windsor 91 Bishop’s 80 – Both teams were near 50% from the floor, as offense seemed more fun at this stage! 6 Lancers in double figures, with Alex Campbell and Rotini Osuntola hitting 13 each. Bishop’s had a 29 point/ 8 rebound effort from big Mike Andrews. Box Score
- Coach Roy Rana, Ryerson Rams, on his feelings about his team reaching the Nationals as the host. “ For myself, I have a vested interest in the tournament just as much as I have vested interest in our team performing. I want to see this be a real success for Toronto, it’s something I take great pride in. It’s a little taxing but I’m going to work hard on both ends. I’m not complaining. “ “This has been a very, very special season for this team. It’s a special, incredible group of young men that have matured nicely and I loved every minute of it. I’m glad that the vision I had, the possibilities, it’s finally come together.” From a story in North Pole Hoops by Ray Bala.
- Saskatchewan Coach, Barry Rawlyk, understandably disappointed after Thursday’s 1st round loss to Carleton, “It’s very disappointing because I don’t think we put our best foot forward,” said Rawlyk. “Carleton’s a very strong team … we didn’t do ourselves any favours. Now we’ve got to reload and get prepared to play (Friday in the Consolation semi) and hopefully we play a little better.” (Editor’s note … the Huskies did just taht with 2 wins and a 5th place finish … good season for Coach Rawlyk and his team).