Ravens teach, learn lessons
Top-ranked men’s team beats Windsor, but women’s team misfires in loss
Highly ranked teams are like hanging judges.
They punish mistakes and rarely grant reprieves, as the top-ranked Carleton Ravens men’s squad and second-ranked Windsor Lancers women’s team demonstrated while administering 95-66 and 55-51 penalties in Ontario University Athletics basketball tests at the Raven’s Nest on Saturday night.
“We played pretty well on offence, ”point guard Phillip Scrubb said after the Ravens improved to 4-0. “We were just pretty comfortable. Lots of guys were making plays, and we got the ball to guys in situations that they were comfortable with and it all worked out.”
Make that Scrubb got the ball to guys in the right situations, as he delivered a breathtaking playmaking performance, collecting several jawdropping assists.
The Ravens also controlled the defensive glass as they built a 47-35 lead after a torrid first half.
Scrubb took total command in the second half, using his uncanny floor vision to distribute the ball with savvy, while Tyson Hinz kept draining three-point shots as the Ravens led the Lancers (2-2) by as many as 29.
“There`s lots of room for improvement,” Hinz said. “Defensively, giving up 66 is still not the greatest.”
Hinz paced Carleton with 23 points. Scrubb, Elliot Thompson and Kevin Churchill each added 14. Lien Phillip and Enrico Diloreto each scored 19 to lead Windsor.
The Lancers women’s team broke ahead 21-14 by pounding the ball inside to Jessica Clemencon, while the Ravens struggled to find any kind of perimeter shooting touch.
However, Carleton (2-2) began collapsing its defence and slowing the tempo as it clawed back to within 28-22 by halftime.
Krista Van Slingerland and Jessica Resch drained three-pointers as Carleton ripped off an 8-0 run to draw within 49-47 with two minutes to play. However, that was much of a reprieve as Windsor (3-1) would allow. Miah-marie Langlois made three free throws and Laura Mullins notched another basket off a key offensive rebound.
Assistant coach Anthony Carter lamented the Ravens’ 16-for-72 shooting.
“It’s about opportunities, and when you have so many opportunities to stay in the game, you can’t go four of 27 from the three-point line,” Carter said. “At the end of the day, you’ve got to make shots.”
Clemencon led Windsor with 15 points. Macleod and Roach paced Carleton with 10 apiece.
Across town at Montpetit Hall, the Ottawa Gee-gees swept Western Ontario.
Warren Ward scored 21 points and Johnny Berhanemeskel had 16 as the Gee-gees men’s team (2-2) clocked Western 84-57. Peter Scholtes led the Mustangs (1-3) with 19.
Hannah Sunley-paisley scored 27 points and Jenna Gilbert scored 16 as Ottawa (2-2) dusted Western (1-3) 79-62. Laura Dally led the Mustangs with 18.