Ravens Fly High in Burying Saskatchewan
Phil Scrubb shows his All-Canadian form, with 31 pts vs Saskatchewan
game 1- Carleton Ravens 90 Saskatchewan Huskies 50 – The Carleton Ravens engage their vaunted defense, and the Huskies play like ‘Sled Dogs in the headlights’. 48-18 at the half, and the earth is already scorched around the U of S bench. It’s tough if you’re Saskatchewan, because you get tighter and more frustrated as you watch yet another Phil Scrubb trey splash through the twine (The 5th year all-star guard is 6/8 from the outside after 20 minutes for 29 points). 72-39 at 3/4s, and it’s over the boards with the subs for Carleton, although Connor Wood remains and shows why he’s so highly regarded.
Carleton keep raining 3s, as U of S defenders aren’t on the ball, and the Huskies’ younger players enter the game, as time winds down on the pummeling. Phil Scrubb finishes with 31 points, with few minutes played in the 2nd half. “Shots just started falling”, says the Vancouver native in a succinct post-game interview. The Ravens hit 55% from the floor and 56% from long range, as Thomas Scrubb adds 18 pts / 9 rebounds
The Huskies are a paltry 29% from the floor and 20% from 3 pt. range in the face of a withering Carleton defense; Ben Baker, with 11 pts/ 7 rebounds / 6 assists and Matt Forbes with 14 points/ 7 boards give the most resistance for Saskatchewan, but it was an un-nerving experience for the Canada West finalists, who now move on to a 2 pm consolation semi on Thursday. Box Score
Vikes Survive Nervous Start Against Dalhousie
game 2 – Victoria Vikes 58 Dalhousie Tigers 57 – It was an exasperating 2nd
3rd year import, Grant Sitton, scores 19 off the bench to save UVic. photo- Vikes Athletics
game, with a very passive effort by the Vikes in the opening 20 minutes, and Dalhousie having some similar offensive jitters. The Tigers got strong play from their big man, Kashrell Lawrence, although his shakey foul shooting limits their scoring. A 28-24 Dal lead at the half, after lots of subbing for the Vikes, with Hadyn Lejuene and Grant Sitton logging extra minutes. The angular Sitton cuts loose with a trey at the 3rd quarter buzzer to give the Vikes a 48-42 edge, after they get the juices flowing after the break.
This one always looked like it was going down to the wire, and, despite grabbing a 6 point lead with 40 seconds left, UVic manages to trail by 1, off a put-back by Dal’s Lawrence, and the clock was running out. The ball goes inside to Chris McLaughlin, who had missed much of the 4th quarter with a bleeding knee, and he tries to go up, but is wrestled (step-over-toe-hold) to the floor by the Tigers’ Sven Stammberger. An obvious intentional foul, which should have led to 2 shots and the ball … but, no … so Mclaughlin has to hit free throws to tie, then go up 1.
Dal’s Kashrell Lawrence is the game high scorer, with 21 in a close loss.
The Tigers get a contested shot off at the end, but it falls short. Vikes win, and will face the machine that is Carleton in one of Saturday’s semi-finals.
UVic shoots 40% to Dalhousie’s 35% from the floor, and Sitton’s 3 treys get him to 19 points, which gets the Vikes a white-knuckle win. Marcus Tibbs had 16 pts/ 6 assists and hit 2 huge buckets down the stretch in the tense finish. Mclaughlin was held to 10 points, but grabbed 11 boards. Dal had 21 points / 8 rebounds from Lawrence, and 14 pts/ 9 rebs by their young post, Stammberger, and the Tigers claimed 13 offensive rebounds, which kept them close at the end. Box Score
CIS Awards Reflect OUA Power
Ottawa’s Johnny Berhanemeskel is the CIS Top Player for 2015
The Ontario schools dominate the list of CIS award winners and All-Canadians, announced on Wednesday, much like they’ve owned the upper reaches of the Top 10 rankings for the whole season. Johnny Berhanemeskel of Ottawa breaks the stranglehold of Carleton’s Phil Scrubb on the Player of the Year trophy, but Thomas Scrubb keeps the family in silverware by repeating as Top Defensive Player.
Top Rookie, Top Coach as well. Chris McLaughlin, UVic, and Javon Masters of UNB join 3 OUA stars on the 1st All-Canadian Team. Jarred Ogungbemi-Jackson, Calgary and Tommy Nixon, UBC are 2 Canada West stars in their 5th year who get the 2nd Team honours. Calgary’s Lars Schleuter, the CW Rookie of the Year, is a member of CIS All-Rookie team.
Here are the 2015 CIS AWARDS & ALL-CANADIANS –
Mike Moser Memorial Trophy (player of the year): Johnny Berhanemeskel, Ottawa
Defensive player of the year: Thomas Scrubb, Carleton
Dr. Peter Mullins Trophy (rookie of the year): Johneil Simpson, Brock
Stuart Aberdeen Memorial Trophy (TIMEX coach of the year): James Derouin, Ottawa
Ken Shields Award ( academics & community service): Noel Moffatt, Memorial
All – Canadians – First Team
G Johnny Berhanemeskel Ottawa 5 Ottawa, Ont.
F Thomas Scrubb Carleton 5 Richmond, B.C.
F Chris McLaughlin Victoria 5 Oakville, Ont.
G Javon Masters UNB 2 Kitchener, Ont.
Dinos’ Jarred Ogungbemi-Jackson is a 2nd Team All-Canadian
G Philip Scrubb Carleton 5 Richmond, B.C.
All – Canadians -Second Team
G Jarred Ogungbemi-Jackson Calgary 5 Winnipeg, Man.
G Jahmal Jones Ryerson 5 Mississauga, Ont.
G Tyler Scott UPEI 3 Halifax, N.S.
F Tommy Nixon UBC 5 Vancouver, B.C.
F François Bourque McGill 2 Terrebonne, Que.
CIS All-Rookie Team –
Lars Schleuter, Calgary, is on the CIS All-Rookie Team
G Johneil Simpson Brock 1 Toronto, Ont.
G Ben Miller Acadia 1 Winnipeg, Man.
G Lars Schlueter Calgary 1 Ulm, Germany
W Alexandre Leclerc Laval 1 Saguenay, Que.
W Luke Allin Wilfrid Laurier 1 Chatham, Ont.