At No. 1 Carleton (2-0 playoffs, 21-1 OUA) for OUA East final (OUA semifinal) Wednesday, March 4 (8:00 p.m,)(SSN Canada)
uOttawa 29 61
Carleton 44 82
Josh Wright – 13 points, four rebounds - uOttawa
Aaron Doornekamp – 25 points, nine rebounds - Carleton
HEADLINE: Ravens win OUA East; Gee-Gees host OUA bronze Saturday
Fifth-year forward Aaron Doornekamp scored 25 points with nine rebounds Wednesday night as the Carleton Ravens won the OUA East with a convincing 82-61 win over Gee-Gees men’s basketball before a standing-room only crowd at the Ravens’ Nest.
The Ravens defeated the Gee-Gees for a third straight game this season and will travel to London for the OUA championship against Western Ontario Saturday afternoon, March 7 (2:00 p.m.)
“It’s a little humble pie,” said Gee-Gees coach Dave DeAveiro. “We can’t seem to solve the riddle yet.”
uOttawa, which lost the OUA semifinal to the Ravens for a fourth time in five years, will host the conference bronze medal game Saturday, March 7 (8:00 p.m.) against Windsor.
Fourth-year transfer guard Josh Wright led the Gee-Gees with 13 points and four rebounds.
uOttawa opened the game with a short-lived 9-2 lead but the Ravens clawed back to take an 18-14 lead after one quarter.
“Too many breakdowns on defence,” said Gee-Gees fifth-year post Dax Dessureault, who had 12 points, four rebounds and team-high four turnovers.
Carleton kept coming in the second quarter, opening a seven-point lead (30-23) at the 4:23 mark as part of a 9-0 run before Doornekamp hit a long basket for three of his 15 first-half points with time waning in the second quarter for a 44-29 Ravens lead at the half.
“We took possessions off, relaxed a bit,” said Gee-Gees fourth-year shooting forward Donnie Gibson, who finished with six points.
“We have to put this behind us because we still have a chance to go to (CIS) nationals.”
Gee-Gees fourth-year all-star guard and leading scorer Josh Gibson-Bascombe did not take a shot from the field in the opening half before finishing with seven points.
An alley oop dunk between Wright and rookie guard Warren Ward brought the Gee-Gees faithful to its feet in the fourth quarter for one of few highlights from the visiting team.
Men’s basketball practice: Thursday 6:00 – 8:00 p.m., Friday 4:00 – 6:00 p.m.