Ottawa Citizen

Ravens rule the roost

Men’s team thumps Ryerson

- DARREN DESAULNIER­S

No disrespect to the Ryerson Rams intended, but it wasn’t close.

After a tight first half, the Carleton Ravens turned the Wilson Cup final into a blowout Saturday night in Waterloo, winning the Ontario University Athletics men’s basketball final 82-39 against the Rams.

Because the OUA has two berths in the Canadian Interunive­rsity Sport championsh­ip, though, both teams will be in Halifax for next weekend’s tournament.

“They work so hard every day in practice and they commit to the school, they commit to the program and they commit to each other, so it’s nice to see them getting some rewards for their hard work,” Ravens head coach Dave Smart said in a telephone interview.

“Everybody knows how hard this is. The four teams who got here have all had great years, and I couldn’t be happier that Ryerson was here with us and representi­ng Ontario East in the Ontario final, and it says a lot for our division, and I couldn’t be prouder of my guys.”

The Ravens led 34-25 at half-time, and any doubt as to the game’s outcome was eliminated in the third quarter, when Carleton outscored Ryerson 27-6, including a 202 run to finish the period.

It was 21-8 in the fourth quarter, and 48-14 in the second half. The Rams’ 39 points represente­d the lowest offensive output by any team in the Wilson Cup.

Cole Hobin, who 17 points, and Phillip Scrubb had 13 for the Ravens.

Jahmal Jones was the offensive leader for the Rams with 11 points, but only five Ryerson players hit the scoresheet, compared with 10 Ravens.

Up next for the Ravens will be an attempt at their eight CIS men’s basketball championsh­ip.

“We have to keep focusing on one game at a time, really,” Smart said. “We’ve accomplish­ed this, which is great, but the real goal is to win a national championsh­ip. We have to play well for three more games because, if you go there and have one bad day, you’re losing it because there are too many good teams there.”

Going into Halifax, though, the Ravens are the clear No. 1-ranked, with a 25-0 record in OUA regular-season and playoff competitio­n.

 ?? JANA CHYTILOVA, THE OTTAWA CITIZEN ?? Ottawa’s Ariane Lachance-scantland is fouled by Windsor’s Laura Mullins on her way to the basket during Saturday night’s OUA gold medal game. The Gee-gees won 89-38.
JANA CHYTILOVA, THE OTTAWA CITIZEN Ottawa’s Ariane Lachance-scantland is fouled by Windsor’s Laura Mullins on her way to the basket during Saturday night’s OUA gold medal game. The Gee-gees won 89-38.

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