Men’s basketball (12-3 OUA)
Hosted Carleton Ravens (14-1 OUA) Wednesday, January 27, 8:00 p.m. for the fourth annual MBNA Capital Hoops Game at Scotiabank Place (SSN Canada, Rogers)
uOttawa 23 66
Carleton 38 74
Warren Ward 15 points, 5 rebounds – uOttawa
Kevin McCleery 24 points, 6 rebounds – Carleton
The Gee-Gees men’s basketball team set out tonight to reclaim the title of Capital Hoops Classic Champions from Carleton, a title that the Ravens have become comfortable with after capturing the win over uOttawa the past two years.
The first quarter was fairly evenly matched as both teams kept the score within a five point range. Gee-Gees forward Max Clarkson (Peterborough, Ont.) got two three-pointers in the first quarter. At the end of the first quarter Carleton lead the Gee-Gees 18-16.
The second quarter the Gee-Gees struggled. Star point-guard Josh Gibson-Bascombe’s (Toronto, Ont.) only points were scored off a couple of free throws, which is not typical of the fifth-year player, who is the Gee-Gees all-time leading scorer. Carleton led the Gee-Gees at the end of the second 38-23.
The Gee-Gees improved in the third quarter and increased the pace of the game, by scoring 11 unanswered points against Carleton before the Ravens could respond. uOttawa’s 11 point streak narrowed the gap between the Ravens and Gee-Gees to just a three point lead for Carleton at 40-37.
Unfortunately, the Gee-Gees were unable to stop Carleton forward Kevin McCleery (Ottawa, Ont.), who racked up 24 points for the Ravens. At the end of the third the Ravens still held their lead over the Gee-Gees with a score of 55-40.
Both the Gee-Gees and the Ravens showed increased energy as the 8,074 fans in the third quarter at Scotiabank Place roared to life after a fairly quiet half from the stands.
The Gee-Gees narrowed the Ravens lead to seven point lead in the in the fourth quarter with points by Gibson-Bascombe and guard Donnie Gibson (Kingston, Ont.). The final two minutes of the game were intense as both teams fought for points. Despite a massive effort from uOttawa, the Gee-Gees were not able to capture the win and the Ravens took their third consecutive Capital Hoops Classic title. The final score was 74-66.
Head coach of uOttawa Dave DeAveiro said that he was pleased with the Gee-Gees overall effort tonight.
“I thought we played well except for the second quarter,” explained DeAveiro, “If I could take back the second quarter I would.”
DeAveiro commended Carleton’s efforts and noted that Ravens player Kevin McCleery, “Is a great player.”
Gee-Gees guard Donnie Gibson (Kingston, Ont.) said that his team had a slow start tonight.
“We came out a little sluggish [in the first half],” said Gibson.
Gibson noted that the team has to keep working hard this season and focus on their upcoming games.
“It’s always tough playing five games in eight days,” said Gibson.
The Gee-Gees play Ryerson on Friday January 29 at 8:00 p.m. and face Toronto Saturday January 30 at 8:00 p.m.