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Monday January 18, 2010

The University of Ottawa and Scotiabank Place will play host to the fourth annual MBNA Capital Hoops Classic on Wednesday, January 27, 2010. The opposition that night will be the Gee-Gees cross town rivals, the Carleton Ravens.

The latest edition of the Hoops Classic will once again feature two games: a women’s basketball matchup between the Carleton Ravens and the University of Ottawa Gee-Gees at 6 p.m., followed by the men’s contest between the Ravens and Gee-Gees, set for an 8 p.m. tipoff. 

Last year, the Carleton men defeated Ottawa 87-72 en route to a 27-1 overall record and the CIS national basketball championship crown, while the women’s match saw the Ravens defeat the Gee-Gees 62-53. 

This event is the fourth of what has become an annual regular-season affair between the two schools and will showcase some of the finest basketball players in the country. 

The Gee-Gees men’s team is led by fifth-year guard Josh Gibson-Bascombe (Toronto, Ont.), who is the all-time leading scorer for the Ottawa men’s program after setting the record earlier this season. Second-year guard Warren Ward (London, Ont.) along with fifth-year guard Donnie Gibson (Kingston, Ont.) are also having big seasons. 

The Gee-Gees women’s team is led by third-year centre Hannah Sunley-Paisley (Toronto, Ont.) who has been flirting with the OUA scoring lead all season. Emilie Morasse (Quebec City, Que.), a third-year guard, returns as last season’s top scorer and an OUA Second Team All-Star.

The 2009 version of the Ravens men’s team will be led by veterans Kevin McCleery (Ottawa, Ont.) and Mike Kenny (Ottawa, Ont.) while the women, coming off their best OUA regular season at 14-8, will be led by 2008-2009 OUA First Team All-Star Ines Jelic (London, Ont.).

Both men’s team are among the best in the OUA and were ranked in the CIS Top Ten during the second week of January. Carleton was No. 2 while Ottawa came in at No. 9.

The women’s teams are fighting it out for first place in the OUA East.

The lady Ravens have defeated the Gee-Gees twice this season. 

Their first victory came in the opening game of the regular season 70-46 on November 3.

Then on December 30, Carleton knocked off uOttawa 59-53 at the Concordia-Reebok Women’s Basketball Tournament in Montreal so the garnet and grey will be out for revenge this time around.

The men will hook up one more time at Carleton on February 20.

The first Capital Hoops Classic, held in January 2007, set a CIS regular-season record by drawing 9,720 fans and saw the Gee-Gees edge the Ravens 64-62. Last year’s event saw 10,523 in attendance – another regular-season CIS record. 

The McMaster Marauders hold the all-time CIS attendance record of 12,139, which was set during an exhibition tournament in October 2004.

The fourth annual Capital Hoops Classic will set the stage for the Final 8 CIS men’s basketball championship, which is scheduled for Scotiabank Place from March 19-21, 2010.

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