Offensive boards and 30 point edge off 3s propel Ravens to win
#2 Carleton 85 #7 Calgary 69 – The Ravens go up 10 at the half on a run and pitch trey byEmmanuel Owootoah at the buzzer. Calgary had played hard at the defensive end, causing 12 turnovers, and slowing-down the Carleton drive, kick, and hit the 3 offense. Still, the Black Birds were on top having made 7 treys in the opening 20 minutes, and that is deadly for any defense. With the big rebounding edge for Ravens, Calgary gives up too many extra chances.
Calgary hangs in for much of the 2nd half, and, brings the score within 5 points in both the 3rd and 4th frames. But, with about 6 minutes left, the Ravens go on an 11— 0 run to boost it to 16. There are 5 Carleton players in double figures, as they shoot 47% as a team vs 42% for the Dinos. The big difference came from outside shooting, as the Ravens hit 14/35 for 42 pts against UC’s 4/14 for only 12. That’s a tough gap to fill ….
Rebounding by Carleton did wear down the Dinos, with the final count 48-24, including 17 offensive boards for the defending champs. Carleton had 16 points each from guards Connor Wood, Emmannuel Owootoah, and Kaza Kajami-Keane, with Keane adding 9 assists . Eddie Eyikor scored 10 plus 7 boards, while big Cameron Smyth cashed 10 and grabbed 9 off the glass.
Thomas Cooper scored 17 for Calgary, plus 6 rebs/ 4 assts, with Mambi Diawara close behind , scoring 15 pts/ 4 asst/ 3 steals. A brave effort by the Dinos, but the size, rebounding, and shooting of Carleton wins the opener in the 2017 Nationals. Box Score
Carleton will play in one semi final vs McGill on Saturday, while Calgary goes Friday at 3 pm Mountain in the consolation bracket against familiar foe, the Manitoba Bisons.
#3 McGill 63 #6 Manitoba 53 – McGill couldn’t have asked for more in terms of the run of play in this offensively-challenged contest . The Bisons come out looking a little tight, as the McGill defense chokes down Manitoba’s early offensive thrusts. McGill gets a bigger share of the ball, and convert free throws and a pair of late-on-the-clock treys for a 5 point margin after 20 minutes.
Manitoba picks up their game late in that 2nd quarter, and look more comfortable at the scoring end for a bit. However, the Bisons ball handlers / shooters are ‘off their game’ for the most part. The Redmen win while shooting just 37% from the floor, and 11 for 22 from the foul line! Just too many sloppy decisions by the Herd.
Manitoba cannot get their break going, and take an uncharacteristically low 8 attempts from 3, and hit just 2. McGill is only 6/28 from deep, but still come out ahead in that department. Veteran Redmen, guard Jenning Leung (13 pts) and post work-horse Francois Bourque (13 pts/ 14 rebs/ 4 steals) provide the leadership needed to steer the Reds into the semi-finals.
The Bisons get 13 points apiece from Keith Omoerah (9 rebs/ 4 asst/ 3 steals) and A.J. Basi, who added 3 steals. Usually productive efforts from other starters were absent, and we can only blame the big stage, and, of course, a rugged McGill defense. Box Score
McGill advance to Saturday’s semi-final against the Carleton Ravens, while Manitoba get to play their Canada West rivals, the Calgary Dinos on Friday at 6 pm Atlantic in the consolation round.
- Kirby Schepp, Manitoba Coach, in a wonderful story in the Winnipeg Sun on the Bisons Ilarion Bonhomme , “In my 25 years coaching, I don’t know if there’s anybody ahead of him in terms of the quality of kid and the person he is …. He treats everyone from the kid wiping the floor, to the secretary, to his teammates with incredible respect. I see the way he is around kids, around my kids, he’s just awesome.”
- The All-Canadian Awards ‘Gala’ was night in Halifax, and Connor Wood, a 5th year guard from the Carleton Ravens, was named the 2017 U SPORTS Men’s Basketball Player of the Year. He is the 8th Carleton player so honoured over the past 17 seasons. Wood shot over 50% from the floor and from the 3 point line, averaging 19 ppg.
- Other U SPORTS award winners – Ottawa wing man, Caleb Agada, is the Defensive Player of the Year, while Laurentian guard, Kadre Gray, accepted the Dr. Peter Mullins Trophy as Rookie of the Year. Carleton’s Dave Smart won his 8th Stu Aberdeen Memorial Trophy as Coach of the Year, and Dalhousie forward Kashrell Lawrence, won the Ken Shields Award for Academics and Community Service.
- 2017 All-Canadians – 1st Team –
Connor Wood , Carleton , 5th year, Guelph, ON
Conor Morgan, UBC, 4th , Victoria, B.C.
Adika Peter-McNeilly , Ryerson , 5th , Scarborough, ON
Kevin Bercy , St Francis Xavier, 4th, Kanata, ON
Thomas Cooper, Calgary, 5th, Chattanooga, TN
2nd Team –
Kaza Kajami-Keane, Carleton ,5th, Ajax, ON
Dele Ogundokun, McGill , 4th , Hamilton, ON
Javon Masters, UNB , 4th, Kitchener, Ont.
Caleb Agada, Ottawa , 5th, Burlington, ON
Shane Osayande, Saskatchewan , 4th , Toronto, ON
Kadre Gray Laurentian Toronto, ON
Eddie Ekiyor Carleton Ottawa, ON
Scott Kellum Victoria Issaquah, WA
Jamaal Potopsingh UNB Brampton, ON
Kendrick Jolin McGill Pte. Claire, PQ