Men’s basketball (6-9 OUA)
Visited Carleton (15-0 OUA) for the 5th annual MBNA Capital Hoops Classic at Scotiabank Place in Ottawa, ON on January 26, 2011, 8 p.m.
uOttawa: Warren Ward 22 points, 9 reb
Carleton: Tyson Hinz 25 points, 10 reb
Following a thrilling women’s game, it was time for the men to take to the court for the second half of the fifth annual MBNA Capital Hoops Classic at Scotiabank Place in Ottawa, Ont. Clearly the uOttawa Gee-Gees were the underdog going to this one against the No.1 and undefeated Carleton Ravens. However, the Gee-Gees would prove early on that they would not be intimidated, and would come to play.
From the opening tip off the Gee-Gees would put Carleton in unfamiliar territory. Third-year guard Warren Ward, London, Ont., would get things started for the Gee-Gees scoring their first seven points and leading them into an 11-0 run. They would continue to defend well and by the end of the first quarter it was 23-9 for the garnet and grey.
As to be expected, Carleton would wake up in the second to make a game of it. The Ravens would go on a run of their own, scoring 18 straight points to close the gap. Ward would add five more for his team in the second, as the Gee-Gees would keep a slim 32-31 lead at halftime.
Unfortunately for the Gee-Gees, the Ravens would retake their No. 1 form in the third to take control of this game. The Gee-Gees would be plagued with missed shots, turnovers, and a Carleton offence that suddenly came alive. They struggled to sustain the pressure that brought them early success in the first half of the game.
Nevertheless, the Gee-Gees would not quit, and would make a valiant effort late in the fourth to try and close the gap. But it was too little too late as Carleton would remain undefeated and take this one 78-65.
“We came out on fire. They are the number one team in the country, and I knew that wasn’t going to continue but I’m proud of our guys; we came out strong. I thought our guys battled, again that’s the number one team in the country and I thought we were right there with them,” said Gee-Gees head coach James Derouin.
“Warren had twenty-two (points) and nine (rebounds) with Cole (Hobin) the defensive player of the OUA all over him. I thought he battled hard, and he was making a good effort to rebound the ball,” added Derouin.