The ‘Mighty Ravens’ still rule supreme in CIS basketball !
Carleton 101 Calgary 79 – The Ravens bombed the Calgary Dinos defense with a barrage of treys, and ruled the boards at both ends to give themselves a nice 26-14 lead after a quarter. It never really got closer after that, and any brief Calgary threat was usually answered with another deflating 3 ball. A bit of simple math … 16 x 3 = 48 … 7 x 3 = 21 (do we see where this is going ? ) That’s a 27 point gap, and way too big a chasm to cross with what the Dinos had going on offense.
This is not a new story at this time of the year. Actually (in jest), Carleton is slipping; last March they beat their arch-rival, Ottawa, by a 93-46 count ! This does not make tonight’s result taste any better to Calgary, the Canada West champions. This game snaps an 18 game Calgary win streak, and crushes a dream any school has of winning a National title.
We said the Ravens were champions until they lost in this event: they come back and do this for the 6th straight year, and for the 12th time in 14 years. Astounding, brilliant, dynastic, and so frustrating for any team running into this powerhouse in the CIS Nationals. You are not happy unless you win your final game, and that, in a way, is lamentable.
Gavin Resch hits 6/12 treys, Connor Wood 5/12, Tajinder Lall 2/2, Cameron Smythe 2/4 … carpet bombing, and most discouraging for Calgary defenders. 49% from the floor is Carleton, and 44% from 3 point range … Calgary hits 39% from the floor, and 25 % from outside.
Resch totals 18 points, Wood has 22 / 4 rebs/ 4 asst, and the quick and powerful Kaza Kajami-Keane finishes with 15 points/ 10 big assists/ 3 steals. Big men Guillaume Boucard (12 points/ 10 boards/ 2 blocks) and Ryan Ejim (12 points / 6 boards/ 4 blocks ) made the Dinos face a defensive wall they could not scale, and the two converted on inside sorties by the Blackbirds.
Calgary’s Thomas Cooper had a lot of floor time (in a fall-down/knock-down way), and seemed slower and slower getting back up in the late going. He finishes with 25 hard-earned points/ 7 rebounds/ 4 assists, but was hounded by white – jersied defenders at every turn. David Kapinga scored 15, and Lars Schleuter scored 9 and added 9 boards.
Two championship teams played in the CIS Final on Sunday at the Mitchell Centre on the UBC campus. Carleton takes the National title once more, and with it the familiar crown of CIS domination. Calgary holds the Canada West trophy, but will be asking questions of themselves until they get back to action next Fall. Box Score
Ryerson 85 Dalhousie 75 – In this 3rd place game, the Rams looked like making short work of things, going out front 20-11 after 1, then 45-30 at the half. Led by their 2 most potent scorers, Aaron Best and Adika Peter-McNeilly, who went on a 2nd quarter run, Ryerson was threatening a runaway.
But , as they have done for many games this season, the Tigers came back with a vengeance, and closed the gap to 4 with a minute and a half left . Jarred Reid’s 3 point shot made it 78-81, but the Rams steadied themselves with 4 straight free throws to close it out.
The #1 OUA team got very even scoring, with 4 starters in double figures, led by 15 from Jean – Victor Mukama, who added 6 rebounds / 2 blocks. Best was next with 14 to go with 6 rebounds, and 3 steals , and Peter-McNeilly scored 13 / 8 rebounds/ 3 assts.
Dalhousie, the AUS champions were led by the 19 points from their all-star, Kashrell Lawrence , and he had 8 rebounds and 2 steals. 5 other Tigers scored in double figures, with 13 each by Jordan Aquino-Serjue and Sven Stammberger.
Ryerson shot 49% from the floor to just 32.5% for Dalhousie, and that was really the difference in the end. Box Score
- Carleton’s interim Coach, Rob Smart, on the winning culture this program has developed, ”We really try to foster a culture of healthy competitiveness where it’s OK to want to fight, it’s OK to want to battle every single day and prove yourself,” said Smart, Dave’s nephew. “It doesn’t mean you’re some kind of egomaniac it just means that for those two hours you compete and it’s the most fun thing to do.” From CBC.ca Sports
- The announced attendance was 4300 approximately, and certainly this crowd and those for much of the week were disappointing to veteran observers, and, we would guess, to the UBC organizers.