Simple Answer, It’s the Coach !

 

Ravens' Coach Dave Smart, in a typical pose.  A sense of urgency, and a drive for perfection.

Ravens’ Coach Dave Smart, in a typical pose. A sense of urgency, and a drive for perfection.

Why Does Carleton Keep on Winning ?

They have a Coach who is unlike any other in the CIS.  That’s the simple, and maybe the best explanation.  Dave Smart is driven, very well informed in coaching theory and practice, organized to the nth degree, and, most significantly, exacting in his quest for mistake-free play from his Ravens team.

Carleton's 'other Scrubb brother' was announced as the Ravens' Athlete of the Year!

Carleton’s ‘other Scrubb brother’, Thomas,  was announced as the Ravens’ Athlete of the Year!            photo- Ravens Athletics

Coach Smart develops players;  Thomas Scrubb, notably, was not a finished product when he arrived at the CU campus in Ottawa. The Vancouver-trained Scrubb was not, in contrast to his younger brother Phil, a starter and an all-star right out of the wrapper as a freshman. He played 10 mins/game, and averaged 3 pts/ 2 rebs.  But, like so many players Smart and his staff have ‘coached-up’ , Thomas became one the CIS’ very best.  Thomas was just awarded the Athlete of the Year at Carleton for 2014-15.

 

That’s the secret.  Carleton works year-round at getting their players developing the skills, both mental and physical.  There are no excuses, no let-up, and no time when your performance can be less than properly executed.  They are, indeed, losing some exceptional performers in the two Scrubbs, as well as shooting guard Victor Raso, but to expect the Ravens to slide too far down in the OUA or CIS power grid would be a mistake. They still have the Chief and Commander!

That may seem simple, but, obviously, Dave Smart does it differently and better than any of his coaching counter-parts.  And now, he also has the luxury of being able to choose the top talent from across the country.  Already this Spring, the Ravens have signed Ryan Ejim, a 6-6 transfer from York, who averaged 23 mins/ 14 ppg/ and 8 rebounds , Stanley Mayambo, a 6-2 point man from Fredericton, NB, William Kohler, a 6-9 forward from Winnipeg.  Our guess would be , that if Coach Smart is still at the helm, these guys may play for one of the future Carleton teams to lift the CIS Championship trophy.

For an interesting discussion of the state of affairs in the CIS read more  in this Ottawa Citizen article by Gord Holder.

 

More CIS Recruiting News –

In Canada West –

Alberta –  Cole Knudsen 6-7  Fwd from Barrhead, AB

Calgary – Torrez McKoy 6 -0 guard,  Grande Pointe, MB/MBCI

Mt. Royal – Nate Wall, 6-6 wing, Okotoks, AB,  Holy Trinity ;  Tyis Yellowhorn, 6-4 guard, Plikani Nation, Chestermere, AB

MacEwan – Chris Mooney, 6-3 point, Ottawa, transfer from NAIT

Winnipeg – Will Sesay, 6-3 guard, Winnipeg, Oak Park HS; Kieran McGrath, 6-4 fwd, Winnipeg, Glenlawn

Regina – Stephen Shields, 6-7 fwd, Brandon, tsf (volleyball) Keyano College

Saskatchewan – Devin Wittow, 6-6 fwd, Leduc HS, AB

UNBC – Anthony Hokanson,  6-4 wing, Vancouver, Kitsilano Sr.

Thompson R. – Jeff Tubbs, 6-2 point, Kelowna, Mt. Boucherie

UBC – Roger Milne, 6-8 fwd, Winnipeg, Oak Park HS; Taylor Browne, 6-3 guard, Surrey, B.C., Holy Cross; also, our ‘correspondent on the W. Coast’, Ice Man, reminds us tha 6-7 will Ondrik will suit up for the ‘Birds, afe

Victoria – Jason Scully, 6-5 fwd, Victoria, St. Michael’s;  Josh Charles, 6-5 fwd, Duncan, B.C., Cowichan Sr.

Elsewhere –

We note …   Zach Usherwood, 5-11 guard, Coquitlam, B.C. , who played at Thompson Rivers, is transferring to UPEI … that 6-6, Stefan Grujic, Regina, Leboldus (#1 ranked HS team in Saskatchewan) signed at York U.  … the brothers Cam and Ben Redl, both 6-7, from Yorkton, SK, transfer to New Brunswick

 

Overtime –

  •   The latest signing for the Winnipeg Wesmen lives just down the way from the UW campus, but Will Sesay, recently voted as Manitoba’s 2015 HS Player of the year,  went to high school at Oak Park, a 1 hour bus ride away.  More on Sesay, who is the younger brother of Junior Sesay, who plays at UVic, in this Winnipeg Sun article by Kirk Penton.
  •   UVic Coach Craig Beaucamp,  noting the power in Ontario basketball, and the  difficulties in matching that for Canada West schools, “We have a challenge in Canada West by the number of teams we have now [17] and getting the quality [players] needed to field [strong teams],” noted Beaucamp. –   “The OUA [Ontario conference] is deep and athletic,” said Beaucamp.  “It definitely had most of the strength in the country this year. But never mind the CIS, most of the Canadians going south [to the U.S. collegiate NCAA] are also from Ontario.”  From a Victoria Times-Colonist article by Cleve Dheenshaw.
  • Editors note –  Recruiting is even more critical than fans can imagine.  Carleton’s top 2 players, Phil and Tommy Scrubb, played for their Dad, Lloyd Scrubb, at Vancouver College, B.C.  Lloyd played for Ken Shields at U. Victoria , and won 3 CIS titles with the Vikes.  Losing the top players in their own home area is gut-wrenching for coaches, there in B.C., or anywhere else across the country.  It is literally the life-blood of their program leaking away … a bit of a dramatic image there, but oh so true.
  • A close observer of OUA basketball, our correspondent ‘Maravich’ suggests, ” 
    Ravens as bullies ….

    Ravens as bullies ….

    Truthfully, as great as the Scrubbs have been (and they’ve been magnificent) they really have taken the fun out of CIS basketball. Carleton’s average winning margin the last five championship’s is 28.7 points. During the Oz Jeanty 5 year run it was 7 points. Hopefully with their graduation the Ravens will become somewhat vulnerable.
    Because winning lots of championships is great for Carleton, it has been killing interest in the CIS for years. ”   (Editor’s note – Yeah Ravens, for the sake of all the rest of the poor wretches in the CIS, knock it off, would you!)

  • In Europe –  We get a disappointing report that former Dinos star, Ross Bekkering,
    Janelle Bekkering, playing for Alberta U-17s before Gonzaga, before Europe.

    Janelle Bekkering, playing for Alberta U-17s before Gonzaga, before Europe.

    who is in his 5th year in The Netherlands, has sustained a hand injury which may keep him out of the imminent NBL playoffs.  Meanwhile, his younger sister  Janelle is preparing for play-offs with Cavigal team in Nice, France.  Not surprisingly, ‘Super-Dad’, Simon Bekkering , will be traveling to Nice this Spring ! More CIS athletes every year are going overseas to play pro basketball.  In the semi-pro ranks, Coach Eddie Richardson tells us that the Calgary Crush of the ABA are in Seattle this weekend, in the opening round of League playoffs.  The Crush have a line-up full of CIS grads, including UC’s Tyler Fidler, Ottawa’s Jermaine Campbell,  Christian Upshaw, St. FX, John Riad, Calgary, and Dom Coward, Lethbridge.

     

     

So Impressive, So Overwhelming !

 

The Scrubb brothers (Phil, L, Thomas, R)  and their Carleton teammates celebrate their 2015 CIS Championship

The Scrubb brothers (Phil, L, Thomas, R) and their Carleton teammates celebrate their 2015 CIS Championship

 

Carleton Reign Supreme – 5th Straight Championship

 Carleton  93   Ottawa  46 –  As we all watch the Carleton Ravens systematically and emphatically dismantle the Ottawa Gee-Gees, we realize just how thoroughly this Ravens team dominates Canadian University basketball.  As a fan of the Gee-Gees, or any other team hoping to compete with and defeat Carleton, you are both dismayed and maybe even disgusted with ‘your boys’.

Your hopes are dashed, your team flailing away ineffectively, with that look in their eyes telling us they know they are not going to escape the avalanche. If you were the Nipissing Lakers, then maybe you’re happy just to be there in the OUA, and rub shoulders with the perennial champions in your League . But, on Sunday, in the National Final, we have the ambitious, ascendant Ottawa team, with the 2015 CIS Player of the Year, Johnny Berhanemeskel, and guided by James Derouin, the Coach of the Year.  Ottawa had one of the 2 wins by a CIS team over the Ravens this year, and, in a pre-tournament poll, were favoured by about 60% of respondents to win this Championship, and stop the Carleton string of 4 straight wins.

Phil Scrubb's 28 points led the Ravens  past a stunned Ottawa team.

Phil Scrubb’s 28 points led the Ravens past a stunned Ottawa team.

Well, not so fast, Ottawa !  The Ravens laid waste to Saskatchewan in round 1 –  then dispatched Victoria, who were actually within just 9 points in the Semi-final.  It was suggested by the announcing crew, among others, that Carleton may not have appreciated the ‘early coronation of the Pretenders’, with the laying – on of hardware to the rival coach and star at Wednesday’s CIS Awards.  5th year Ravens’ guard, Phil Scrubb, who was the POY in the 3 previous seasons, and Dave Smart, the many -time National Coach of the Year had, in concert with the rest of the Carleton team, prepared themselves for this much anticipated all-Ottawa match-up as only they can.

From the outset, it was Carleton on the front foot, first to the ball, making the right pass, hitting the shots, and making life generally unpleasant for Ottawa with their swarming, suffocating defense.  Berhanemeskel, who had played so well in similar circumstances last season and this, had no room to operate, and he was 1/7 from the floor late in the opening 20 minutes (1/10 at the end … 8 points). Meanwhile, Phil Scrubb were scoring inside and out, with 16 at the half. It looked bleak for the Ponies and their hopeful but relatively subdued fans.

The seminal moments of this deciding game came in the first 3-4 minutes of the 3rd quarter, with the analysts reaffirming the necessity for Ottawa to stand fast, to mount a come-back, and ‘chip away’ at the Ravens margin. Instead, it was Connor Wood, Victor Raso, and Guillaume Boucard, and then Thomas Scrubb who all poured in shot after shot as the lead swelled to 30 points (57-27) so swiftly that we were stunned by the onslaught.  The frustration for a crestfallen Ottawa team boils over as Coach Derouin makes an ignominious exit after a regrettable 2nd technical foul.  With his team shooting 25% from the floor, Moe Ismail, in 13 minutes off the bench, is the Gee-Gees high man with 10 points.  Box Score

Phil Scrubb scores 28/ 10 assists, Connor Wood, 21, and Thomas Scrubb,  20 pts/ 12 rebs/ 7 assists, with the team at 56% from the floor and 52% from 3 point range!  The Ravens celebration looks most familiar, as they raise the W.P. McGee Trophy for the 5th straight March, and the 12th time in the past 15 seasons.  They graduate star players again this year, as the Scrubb brothers join former Ravens pillars including Phil Larmand, Osvaldo Jeanty, and Tyson Hinz.  The constant, of course, is Dave Smart, surely now the widely acknowledged ‘Greatest Coach Ever’ in the history of Canadian University Basketball. Nobody matches his intensity, fervour, the depth of preparation, and the unabashed conviction of the way he wants his team to play the game.

For now, the Ravens rule the game like no team ever has.  Perhaps the question is not why can’t someone else build a program to compete, but maybe, when might Coach Smart be content with this dynasty, and move on to other challenges. (Not that we’re suggesting he should, or certainly that we might even prefer that he do that … the man is a beacon for excellence, and we are fortunate to have seen his genius in our generation.)

It’s not like James Derouin, Craig Beaucamp (UVic), Barry Rawlyk (Saskatchewan),  and all the other CIS coaches aren’t trying their utmost.  It’s just that Mount Carleton seems so high, and looks, at this point, so unassailable. Hail to the Ravens ! Champions that they are.

 

Rams Win 3rd Place Over Victoria 

Ryerson 82  Victoria 68 – Although the Ryerson Rams fell short in their quest to play for a National title on their home floor, they got some consolation from a solid win over the Victoria Vikes in the 3rd place game on Sunday.  Sparking a withering 2nd half assault by the home team,  Jahmal Jones comes back to hit the shots he was missing in the semi-final loss, as he scores 25 points/ 6 rebs/ 8 assists, and Adika Peter-McNeilly adds 21 points for the Rams.  In his last game for the Vikes, Chris McLaughlin, who is playing this tournament in his native S. Ontario, scores a 22 pt/ 14 rebound double.  Box Score.

 

Overtime – 

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  • We note that UBC is already pumping up the interest for their hosting of next year’s Final 8 Tournament at the new Mitchell Centre on their campus in Vancouver.  The T-Birds will get a host’s berth in that tournament, and, you can be sure that Coach Kevin Hanson will be busy ‘reassembling’ his roster for the 2015-16 season, after he loses Tommy Nixon, Brylle Kamen, and Andrew McGuinness to graduation.
  • Calgary Dinos recruit, Torrez McKoy of MBCI in Winnipeg.

    Calgary Dinos recruit, Torrez McKoy of MBCI in Winnipeg.

  • The Calgary Dinos have signed Winnipeg high school player,  Torrez McKoy, a 6-0, ‘lead guard’ , from the Mennonite Bretheren Collegiate Institute.  McKoy was a 1st team all-star as his Manitoba Provincial Team won the Canadian Juvenile Championship  (U17) last summer.  Dinos fans will only hope he has nearly the impact on the program than did outgoing All-Canadian, Jarred Ogungbemi-Jackson, another Winnipeg product.

 

Carleton – Ottawa in CIS Final

 

Phil Scrubb was hot again, as Carleton beats Victoria for a shot at 5 straight CIS Championships.

Phil Scrubb was hot again (29 points) , as Carleton beats Victoria for a shot at 5 straight CIS Championships.    Photo – Greg Campbell

 

 

 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-

Ottawa heads to another championship game with Carleton.

Ottawa heads to another championship game with Carleton.

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

 

Dadrian Collins  (27 points) leads Saskatchewan to a 5th place win over Windsor.

Dadrian Collins (29 points) leads Saskatchewan to a 5th place win over Windsor.

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

Big 32 point game for Evan Ostertag as the Huskies move on to the Consolation final.

Big 32 point game for Evan Ostertag as the Huskies move on to the Consolation final.              photo – U of S Athletics

 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 

 

Overtime –

  •   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).

 

 

Ravens Crush Huskies, Vikes Survive

 

 Ravens Fly High in Burying Saskatchewan

Phil Scrubb shows his All-Canadian form, with 31 pts vs 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.

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.

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

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.

Jarred Ogungbemi-Jackson is a 2nd Team All-Canadian

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

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.

 

CIS Tourney – 1/4 Final Previews

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Carleton and Ottawa Look Like Odds-on Favourites

 

Thursday, March 12 – 
11 am  – game 1-   # 1 Carleton Ravens  vs # 8 Saskatchewan Huskies –

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The Ravens are, as has been the case for over 12 seasons, the team to beat.  They’ve won the CIS title for the past 4 years, and won 10 with Coach Smart since their 2003 win.  Carleton limits opponents to 56 ppg against, while scoring 91 ppg themselves.  Death !

They have the Scrubb brothers, Thomas, a 6-6 whirlwind, who has become their most

Huskies Ben Baker- Canada West Defensive Player of the Year

Huskies Ben Baker– Canada West Defensive Player of the Year

consistent offensive threat, and Philip, the 6-3 guard, who controls a fast paced attack, and, when on, can be a deadly outside shooter. Guard Connor Wood is a dangerous shooter as well, helping CU hit 50% from the floor and 46% from 3 point range, and they are +14 on their rebound margin.  This 26-2 team is battle – ready and more than prepared to take a very good run at their 5th straight McGee Trophy.

Saskatchewan is in tough here, to put it mildly.  The Huskies have size, with 6-6 Matt Forbes, 6-8 Conner Burns, and the multi-talented team catalyst, 6-4 Ben Baker at guard.  But they give up 20 points more per game than the Ravens, while scoring 8 points less. They rebound well as a team, but not like Carleton. Their pace can give them open court baskets in stretches, but, again, not nearly as relentless as the ‘Birds’. If their 3 point shooters, like Dadrian Collins, Evan Osterberg,  Baker, and Trevor Severinski can get ridiculously hot, maybe … but, they still suffer 7-8 more turnovers per game, and, clearly, Carleton are a runaway favourite.

 

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1 pm –   game 2 –  # 4 Victoria Vikes vs. # 5 Dalhousie Tigers –  Two League champions square off in this one, with the Vikes having more experience in this event by far, having played in the last 2 Nationals.  UVic were 23-8 vs CIS teams this season , while Dalhousie were 13-14.  The Vikes are a  notably stingy defensive team, giving up just over 70 ppg, which is 7 less than Dal.

Marcus Tibbs,  point guard for Victoria.

Marcus Tibbs, point guard for Victoria.

This game features Vic’s Canada West player of the year, Chris McLaughlin, who, at 6-10, scores 19.8 ppg / 10 rebounds; Dalhousie has ridden their 1st team AUS all-star, Kashrell Lawrence, who averaged 23 ppg / 12 rebounds  in the Tigers’ 3 game odyssey in winning the Atlantic title.  The point guard match-up will be fun to watch, with Victoria’s Marcus Tibbs  more of a scorer (17 ppg / 5 assists), and Dal’s Richie Kanza Mata  a set-up man (7 assists, 9 ppg), with both very adept at turning the other team over on the defensive end.

The supporting cast for UVic has ace defender, 6-4, Reiner Theil, who can also knock down the trey, and 6-6 Mack Roth, who has been a more prominent factor in recent games. Dalhousie has  strong  rebounding from Sven Stammberger (5.2 rebs/ 9 ppg) and Devon Stedman (5.2 rebs/ 8 ppg), and a smooth 2-way guard in James Reid (13.5 ppg / 2.5 assts/ 2 steals).

Unless they can control the inside presence of McLaughlin, and manage to score against the rugged UVic D, the Tigers playoff magic may disappear quickly.

 

Ryerson's Aaron Best will be a floor leader for the Rams.

Ryerson’s Aaron Best will be a floor leader for the Rams vs Windsor.

6 pm – game 3 –  # 7 Ryerson vs. # 2 Windsor –  Let’s try to put aside the seeding arguments, and, if you’re Ryerson, be very happy that you have home court against a potent Windsor team in the 1st round.  The Rams bounced the Lancers 98-78 in their league game on this Mattamy Centre court in November, and they will try and get momentum back after 2 losses (Carleton and Ottawa) in the OUA Final 4. Prior to last weekend the Rams had won 14 straight.

Windsor beat ‘mighty Carleton’ in the OUA regular season, and Ottawa in the Final 4, so they are ‘big game treacherous’, with a 24-6 CIS record, led by guards, Rotimi Osuntola Jr. (20 ppg/ 11.5 rebs ) and  Mitch Farrell (13 ppg )  This should be a fast-paced, high scoring affair, with the Lancers averaging 87 ppg and Ryerson over 89 ppg. The Rams shoot it better from 3 pt range (38% to 33%), and are + 12 in rebounds vs  + 7 for Windsor.

Ryerson has 4 players in double figure scoring, led by veteran guards, Jahmal Jones  (17 ppg/5.5 assts/ 4.3 rebs) , and Aaron Best (15 ppg/ 5.5 rebs/ 46% from 3).  They get strong rebounding through their line-up, with 6-9 Kadeem Green averaging 7 rpg plus 12 ppg on 58% FG shooting.  It won’t be a surprise or an upset if Ryerson beats the # 2 seed;  it might, however, be quite traumatic for the home folks if Windsor were to come up big, yet again.

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6-11 Majid Naji will try and control the paint for Bishop’s vs Ottawa.

 

8 pm – game 4 –  # 6 Bishop’s vs. # 3 Ottawa – In the last Q-final of the night, we may see ‘Ponies running wild in the streets’ .  The Gaiters can play defense (65.5 ppg against), but not necessarily vs ‘Johnny B’  and his ‘back-up singers’.  Bishops was just 10-15 vs CIS teams, and lost 80-66 to Ottawa early in the season. The Gee-Gees score  94.5 ppg and surrender only 69 ppg, and boast a 29-2 overall record.

Ottawa has J. Berhanemeskel , the OUA’s 5th year MVP,  at 23 ppg/ 56% FG/ 45% from 3/ 4.5 assts,  and wing man Caleb Agada (16 ppg/ 8 rebs), plus shooting and floor leadership from Mike L’Africain (46% from 3/ 12 ppg/ 5 assts).  They have 6 players 40% or better from beyond the arc, and are 51% from the floor as a team.

Bishop’s counters with far more conservative numbers … with a 69 ppg scoring average, the Gaiters shoot only 39% from the floor, and 28% from 3 pt range. They do have some solid veterans, and lots of size – Kyle Desmarais is a 5th year transfer guard (Concordia) (14.5 ppg / 3 assts ), Mike Andrews, a 6-10 forward (12 ppg /5.5 rebs.) , Majid Naji, a 6-11 post ( 10 ppg/ 8 rebs) , and Matt McLean, a 6-9 fwd ( 7 ppg / 6.3 rebs).

The Gaiters have a way of hanging in against tough opponents, but it’s doubtful they have the fire-power to get past as explosive a unit as Ottawa, who come at you with so many weapons.

 

Overtime –

  •   Correction … Waterloo has 1 CIS title (1975), and the other is Waterloo-Lutheran (1968) , which became Wilfred Laurier.  Our local Kitchener-Waterloo historian, Martin Timmerman, sets us straight !  Go to Martin’s cishoops.ca for stats, records, draws, results, team info, and much more .
  •   Saskatchewan Coach Barry Rawlyk, obviously disappointed, but understanding of the draw seeding for the Nationals, “Anyway you try and dice it and slice it, there’s going to be a tough first-round game at nationals,” said Rawlyk, adding there are some artificial rules in place that put conference champions in certain spots.  (The 4 League champs cannot be ranked lower than 6th.  So 7 is Ryerson, and 8 is Saskatchewan.)  From Darren Zary in the Star-Phoenix.

    John Traboulsi, Dalhousie

    John Traboulsi, Dalhousie

  • There are 2 Calgary high school grads playing for the Atlantic champions, the Dalhousie Tigers. John Traboulsi, a 4th year, 6-3  guard, played at Western Canada HS in Calgary for Coach Steve Wiebe. He is averaging about 10 minutes /game in the late season and playoffs.  Ross Crichton , a 6-7 rookie from E. Manning HS in Calgary, may be on the travel roster, but is unlikely to get any floor time at the Nationals.

 

 

  • Just in case we’re confused about the ‘pecking order’ in the Tournament, the
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    Dave Smart, Carleton

    Ravens’ Coach Dave Smart fills us in, “We’ve got a long way to go. It’s going to be tough. The team with the best record in the country, Ottawa, just came off a disappointing loss at home at the OUA Final Four, so they’re highly motivated. The second or third best team in the country is playing at home this week, so they’re going to be highly motivated as well. For us, we’ve got to keep going in the same direction we’ve been going and play the games. “ CIS press release.

Lethbridge Ends Huskies Streak

 

 

Friday  in Canada West – ‘Horns Hot at Home – Halt Huskies Hold on First

Rob Olsen buries the Huskies with 30 points for Lethbridge on Friday.

Rob Olsen buries the Huskies with 30 points for Lethbridge on Friday. Photo – U of L Athletics

 

at Lethbridge Pronghorns  88  #5 Saskatchewan Huskies 83 –  Lethbridge, shooting 53% from the floor as a team,  gets a huge game from both veteran guard, Rob Olsen ( 30 pts/8 assists, 6 steals)   and rookie, Zac Overwater (23 pts/ 6 rebs).  Olsen nails a clutch trey in the final 30 seconds, and free throws seal it for the ‘Horns (7-10)  as they upset the  the 5th ranked Huskies (12-5), ending an 8 game win streak .  Brandon Brine recorded 5 blocks for Lethbridge, who win only their 3rd of 9 home games.  Saskatchewan, who fall 1 game behind UVic in the race for top spot in the Pioneer Division, shoot 41%,  have Dadrian Collins with 17 pts, mostly in the 2nd half, and 15 pts/ 8 rebs/ 5 assts by Ben Baker.    Box Score  

# 7 Victoria Vikes  80  at Brandon Bobcats 71 – The Vikes take temporary possession of 1st place, as they pull gradually away from the cold-shooting Bobcats, and out-rebounding them  52-31. UVic (13-4) get 32 points on 14/20 shooting and 17 boards from Chris McLaughlin, and 19 pts/ 4 assts/ 2 steals by Marcus Tibbs. Brandon’s Earl Thompson Jr. was their leader with 17 pts/ 10 boards as 5 ‘Cats finished in double figures, but they shoot just 38% from the field.  Box Score  

UBC Thunderbirds  76 at Regina Cougars 64  –  The T-Birds (11-6) persistence paid off as they punched the ball inside in the 2nd half, and throttled the Regina offense to grab the road win. Once again, Tommy Nixon is their big gun, with 27 points including 14/14 from the line, plus 15 big rebounds, and guard, Kedar Wright, hits 15 pts/ 5 boards.  UBC has a 49-37 rebounding edge, and limits the Cougars to 34% from the floor. Regina  (7-10) has Jonathan Tull with 26 points/ 9 rebs.  Box Score

Winnipeg Wesmen 93 at Trinity Western 74  –  The Wesmen cruise with a 52% shooting average against the Spartans, as Mark McNee, with 18, leads a group of 5 Wesmen in double figures. He adds 5 rebounds and 3 steals, and gets help from 17 each by Jelane Pryce and Chris Baxter, who is 8/10 from the floor. Trinity commits a criminal 26 turnovers, providing lots of extra opportunities for the Ws, who move up to 11-6.  TWU (1-16) has a game-high 20 points from Justin Bakuteka. Box Score  

#9 Fraser Valley Cascades  77 at UNBC Timberwolves 71  –  Jasper Moedt’s 22 pts/ 14 rebounds gets the Cascades back on track at 16-1, as they turn aside a spirited effort by the ‘Wolves, who fall to 9-8. UFV shoot a deadly 54% from the field, and Kevon Parchment cashes 10/12 free throws to add 16 points, and Dominique Brooks scores 13. UNBC play well, but don’t shoot nearly as efficiently (40%). Francko Kouagnia leads the game scoring with 26 points, as he goes 10/15 from the floor, and hauls in 12 rebounds. Guards Rhys Elliot and Jeff Chu both hit 12 points for the home team.   Box Score 

 

MRU's Deng Awak explodes for 35 points, launching Cougars to a win in Kamloops.

MRU’s Deng Awak explodes for 35 points, launching Cougars to a win in Kamloops.

Mt. Royal Cougars  89 at Thompson Rivers Wolf Pack  77 –  The Cougars (8-9)  may be sniffing a  playoff chance, and their cause is greatly enhanced by the 35 point barrage from Deng Awak, their 4th year guard from Brooks. AB.  Awak hits 14/20 from the floor with 6/8 from 3 pt. range, and adds 6 rebounds, and he gets help from James Lefebvre, with his 16 pts/  rebs, and 11 pts/ 10 boards by Manok Akwl. The Wolf Pack slide to 9-8, with their 2nd straight loss, as they are out-shot 54% to 37% by the red-hot Cougs, who are 13/27 from way outside. TRU has Reese Pribilsky with 21 pts/ 3 assts.   Box Score  

 at  MacEwan Griffins 82  UBC-Okanagan Heat  70  –  The Griffins force 18 turnovers from the Heat, and shoot 43% vs 36% for the visitors.  Keith Gerdes, with 17 points, and Denzel James with 16 lead the way for the 6-11 MacEwan. Aldrich Berrios is the game-high scorer for UBC-O (3-14) with 19 including 4/6 from outside, and he also records 3 assts/ 3 steals.   Box Score  

 

 CIS Games on Friday –

OUA –  In the ‘Capital Hoops Classic‘ on Friday –  #2 Carleton 79   #1 Ottawa 66 –  A big night for Tommy Scrubb with 29 points and 12 rebounds, plus 4 assists as the Ravens go up 11 at the half, only to see OU fight back to even early in the 4th quarter.  Carleton shuts down the Johnny Berhanemeskel hot streak there, however. Johnny ‘B‘ paces the Ponies with 28 pts/ 4 rebs/5 assists. Carleton has just 4 turnovers on the night and win the boards 43-35.  Ottawa retains top spot in the OUA North with a 14-1 record to 13-2 for the Blackbirds.  Box Score 

Also on Ontario –  #6 Windsor 78 at Laurentian 65,  Western 86 Nipissing 65, Lakehead 73 at Toronto  70,  Laurier 82  Algoma 62

AUS –  at UPEI  93   Acadia 91, at Cape Breton 91 Dalhousie 64,

Top 2 CIS Teams Square-Off

 

Ottawa senior guard, Johnny Berhanemeskel, will draw extra attention from Carleton defenders.

Ottawa senior guard, Johnny Berhanemeskel, will draw extra attention from Carleton defenders in Saturday’s showdown between the #1 and # 2 teams in the CIS.

 

Gee-Gees Host Ravens in Cross-Town Heavyweight Match

Carleton and  Ottawa meet this Saturday night at Monpetit Hall, the home court for the #1 and 2Gee-Gees, which seats around 800 fans, so will be a very intimate theatre for this ‘Game of the Year – Part 1”. The familiar surroundings should help the ‘Ponies’, but how do the hosts decide which 25 Ravens fans get admission ?  The Ravens hold the CIS title, having beaten Ottawa 79-67 in last March’s final.  The Gee-Gees did claim the OUA title, with a 78-77 win the week prior to the Final 8, but haven’t beaten Carleton in a regular season game since there was ice skating on the Rideau Canal.

# 1  Carleton –   Phil Scrubb – 17.6 ppg/5.6 asst, Thomas Scrubb – 18.8 ppg/ 7 rebs/ 4 asst., Connor Wood – 11 ppg / 3 asst

# 2  Ottawa – Johnny Berthanemeskel – 23 ppg/ 61% FG/ 4.8 asst, Caleb Agada – 16.4 ppg/ 8.5 rebs / 3.1 asst, Mike L’Africain – 11 ppg / 4.2 asst

From ‘Johnny B’, the Gee-Gees 5th year scoring ace,   “I think all of us wish we could play them on home court at least once every year, so taking advantage of our home court will be important,” said Berhanemeskel. “We haven’t played them in a while, team dynamics have changed on both sides so it will be key to prepare for those changes while maintaining our style.” (From CIS News)

Is there home court magic this time for Ottawa ?   watch on OUA TV … 7 pm Eastern.

(Carleton and Ottawa will play the return bout on Feb. 6 – The 9th Annual MNBA Capital Hoops Classic at the  Canadian Tire Centre.)

 

Other CIS match-ups this week –

Tuesday –  a big last second win for St. FX at home … X-Men 67  Cape Breton 66

Weds. in the OUA  / Quebec –  at # 4 McMaster  85   Laurier  75,   # 3 Ryerson  92 at Toronto 68  …  Laval  79 at UQ-Montreal 63

Thursday / Friday Games – Dalhousie at UPEI, Saint Marys at # 8 New Brunswick …  Bishops  at McGill,  UQ-Montreal  at Laval … Western at # 5 Windsor, Nipissing at Queens, Brock at Lakehead, Laurentian at York, Algoma at Waterloo

Saturday –

Dalhousie at UNB, Cape Breton at Memorial, St. FX at Acadia … McGill at Bishops … Laurier at Guelph, Laurentian at Queens, # 1 Carleton at  # 2 Ottawa, # 4 McMaster  at # 3 Ryerson, Brock at Lakehead, Nipissing at York, Algoma at Waterloo

Sunday – Cape Breton at Memorial

 

Overtime –

  •   Joe Scanlon, veteran Carleton Ravens chronicler, fills in some gaps for us about Saturday’s ‘Big Game’ – Apparently the tickets went on sale early in the season, and keen Ravens’ fans snapped them up on-line, so Carleton will have their supporters at Montpetit Hall. Over the break, Coach Dave Smart had his team , as is their custom, down in Florida for 2-a-day workouts and a few ‘scrimmages’ with local teams.     Carleton copy 2                                                           Joe tells us that Ottawa has now added Alex Ratte, a transfer shooting guard from Laurentian, to the active roster.  (“ … another three-point shooter on a team already packed with three point shooters”,  suggests Joe.) He points out that these squads may well face each other 4 times in the next 2 1/2 months – 2 OUA League games, Wilson Cup, and, maybe, in the CIS Final 8, again.  Scanlon, like many observers feels that these are the 2 best CIS teams, hands-down.  Being a ‘Blackbird fanatic’ as well as a prolific CU basketball writer, he also has understandable faith in Coach Smart’s ability to have his Ravens ready for the really big games.
  • Fraser Valley’s Sports Information guru, Dan Kinvig, reminds us that the 8-0 Cascades have a 22 game win streak in regular season Canada West play. Their last loss?  To this week’s visitors, the  Mt. Royal Cougars , 62-60  on November 15, 2013.
  • One of our faithful readers, the ‘Ice Man’ from B.C.,  points out that Douglas College, a top 10 CCAA team, beat UBC-O (57-53) in a game in Kelowna last week.  Then, the Heat turned around and waxed the Red Deer College Kings 92 – 61 later on the weekend. Here we go –  Coach Peter Guarasci’s 2-4 Heat beat MacEwan once and Mt. Royal once.  Well, in the Fall, Mt. Royal beat Alberta 67-48.  Alberta (4-5) have beaten Winnipeg (5-3), #6 Victoria (6-2) , then UVic  beats Alberta twice in League play … you know where this leads, yes?