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?

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