Words cannot justify the emotion and passion that circulated through Monpetit Hall when the Gee-Gees and Ravens tipped-off on Friday night for the final game of the regular season. It took seven periods to decide a winner in the remarkable game and in the end it was the Ravens who were able to push past the Gee-Gees for a 111-107 win in triple overtime.
The Scrubb brothers combined for a total of 62 points for Carleton, scoring 31 point each. Veterans, Warren Ward and Johnny Berhanemeskel led the way for the Gee-Gees with 27 and 17 points.
“It was just a great game. It’s just unfortunate after both teams played so hard that someone has to lose in the end,’’ said head coach James Derouin. “I’m just so proud of our guys for playing like they did tonight, we didn’t stop and we showed to whoever might have doubted us that we can do more than compete with any team in the country.”
Home town hero Berhanemeskel continued his excellent play for Ottawa as he opened up the scoring for the Gee-Gees with two straight three pointers. The Gee-Gees came out of the gates flying as they looked to be on mission to take their revenge over the Ravens after being defeated in a close game at Scotiabank Place in January.
They managed to go on a 10-2 run mid-way through the first quarter while limiting the Ravens to only five points in the opening six minutes. As a result, the Gee-Gees were able to hold the Ravens to only 13 points in the first quarter.
However, after halftime the Gee-Gees appeared flat as they scored only one point in the first four minutes of the third quarter. Subsequently, the Ravens were able to jump ahead to a four point lead mid-way through the quarter. After a quick timeout, Ottawa appeared to regain their composure and they re-took the lead to obtain the momentum going into the final quarter of regular time.
After trading the lead several times throughout the fourth quarter, the Ravens were able to extend their lead to six points with 1:18 remaining on the clock. In the dying seconds, the Gee-Gees were down by two points, 77-75, and were in possession of the ball. After a missed Ottawa three-pointer, Mehdi Tihani was able to score a put-back basket to beat the clock and send the game to overtime.
The Gee-Gees had a chance to win in the final four seconds of OT when Warren Ward ran the ball up-court and shot a floater over defender Phillip Scrubb. The ball trickled around the hoop but bounced out to extent the game to a second overtime with the score at 86-86.
A second overtime period proved to be not enough, as both team would not give an inch on defence. At the end of the second overtime, the score was knotted-up at 94-94.
In the third and final overtime period, the Ravens took a five point lead with one minute remaining. Despite, their best efforts, the Gee-Gees were not able to take the victory as they suffered the heart-breaking four point triple overtime loss.
Warren Ward led the Gee-Gees as he nearly recorded a triple-double with 27 points, 13 points and 7 assists. Gabriel Gonthier-Dubue also performed well for Ottawa as he recorded a double-double with 17 points and 11 rebounds.
“I’m just mad at myself for giving up the ball at such crucial time of the game but it’s how it goes sometimes. We know that we can compete with the best and you have to be happy we the effort we put in as a team,” Gonthier-Dubue said.
Despite the loss, the Gee-Gees still hold down the second place in the OUA as the third place Ryerson Rams were upset by the last place Toronto Varsity Blues on Friday night.
uOttawa will host an OUA East semifinal on Saturday, February 23 at 8 p.m. Their opponent will be determined in the OUA quarter finals which take place Wednesday February 20.
1st 2nd 3rd 4th OT 2nd OT 3rd OT Total
Carleton 13 24 7 23 9 8 17 111
Ottawa 21 21 15 20 9 8 13 107