Sunday, March 09 2014
After a season filled with new records, an OUA title and many heroics the Gee-Gees were unable to tame the Carleton Ravens in the CIS National Championship game, falling 79-67 at the Canadian Tire Centre in front of a crowd of 7050. The victory gives the Ravens their tenth title in twelve years while the Gee-Gees have to settle for the silver medal which is the team’s best finish in program history.
“I certainly didn’t expect us to roll over and we didn’t. They have a reputation for being a very good third quarter team and we saw that tonight. We gave them too many second chance points and you just can’t do that against a team that good,” said head coach James Derouin. “I told the guys that I am proud of them, proud to be their coach and so proud of the season they just had. I knew tonight was going to be a tough game but no matter what I wanted them to leave here with their head held high.”
Ravens post man Tyson Hinz has burned the Gee-Gees throughout his career with his stellar play in the blocks and huge defensive presence. In the final CIS game of his five year career, Hinz had another great performance against uOttawa scoring 30 points on 10-15 shooting while grabbing six rebounds and five assists.
Johnny Berhanemeskel led the way on the score sheet for the Gee-Gees with 19 points and five assists. Caleb Agada had 15 points and five boards of his own. “We had some chances to do some things in the first half and we weren’t able to which really ended up hurting us in the third quarter,” said Agada. “We will be motivated when it’s time to put the work in again but right now we just have to sit back and have a moment together as a group because so many of us have put so much into this program.”
As everyone expected it was a toe-to-toe first half between the teams with defence the focus for both sides. uOttawa was able to take the lead thanks to a Carleton cold streak - the Gee-Gees went on a 8-0 run to start the second quarter. At the end of an exciting opening 20 minutes it was the Ravens who took the 36-35 edge into the halftime break.
With Gabriel Gonthier-Dubue taking two quick fouls in the first quarter, Ryan Evans stepped in the second and was solid for the Gee-Gees in backing up the starting center. The Ravens relied heavily on Thomas Scrubb alongside Hinz in the first half, as the pair combined for a total of 29 of the team’s 37 first half points.
Carleton took their biggest lead since the first quarter when they jumped ahead by nine with 3:34 remaining in the third. After a cold first half, CIS Player of the Year Phil Scrubb began to heat up after halftime, scoring nine third quarter points.
The Ravens big three of Thomas Scrubb, Phil Scrubb and Hinz continued to pour in the points, extending Carleton’s lead to 58-49 at the end of the third. uOttawa was able to stay within striking distance of the Ravens but struggled to finish off buckets inside the paint and were forced to play catch up heading into the final quarter of the season. uOttawa was out-scored 21-14 in the third frame and was held to 28.9 per cent shooting from the field in the second half.
The Gee-Gees battled back in the fourth but were faced with foul trouble on Terry Thomas and Gabriel Gonthier-Dubue, forcing uOttawa to play as conservatively as possible. They were able to battle back within nine points but it was the closest they would come in the finals minutes as Carleton captured their tenth CIS title in twelve years.
“I’m not going to stand here and blame anything on the officiating,” said Gonthier-Dubue. “The loss is on us and there are some things we could have done better that is for sure. This program is still in good shape and we are excited to move forward. I can’t say that this loss doesn’t hurt though.”
Despite the tough loss the future is still bright for the young uOttawa basketball program that will be keeping all of their players with the exception of Terry Thomas who will explore his options of turning pro next season. The team will also be welcoming new recruits who will be announced later in the off-season.
1 2 3 4 F
Ottawa 14 21 14 18 67
Carleton 16 21 21 21 79
After being ranked at no.3 for the majority of the regular season, the University of Alberta Bears held down their third ranked as they captured Bronze with a 61-53 win over the University of Victoria. The Vikes were very good defensively, as per usual, holding Alberta to only 28.6 shooting in the game.
Victoria desperately tried to make up for a woeful four point first quarter by outscoring Alberta in every other quarter, but the deficit proved to be impossible to overcome. Alberta Jordan Baker led the way on the score sheet for the Bears with 16 points and eight boards. First team All-Canadian, Terrell Evans led Victoria with a 18 points and 16 rebounds performance.