Carleton all-Canadian Phil Scrubb dribbles away from Ottawa's Terry Thomas (Valerie Wutti, special to Yahoo! Canada Sports)The Ottawa Gee-Gees' loss in last March's national semifinal that threw them off a collision course with the mighty Carleton Ravens built an illusion.
The Ravens of coach Dave Smart beat their familiar foil three times by a combined eight points last season on the way to cutting down the championship nets once again. Since a negative cannot be proven, there is no definitive way to no way to know how Round 4 would have turned out if coach James Derouin's Gee-Gees had survived that CIS Final 8 semi against Lakehead. There was a sneaking suspicion, among those who have seen the movie before, that it would not have close. Call it a hunch derived from seeing Carleton win a record nine titles in 11 seasons.
That element of what if, along with the cross-town rivals each having an unblemished record against Canadian competition, ratcheted the hype for Friday's No. 1 vs. No. 2 matchup at a raucous Ravens' Nest. The result was pro forma — it always seems to be with Carleton — as the Ravens controlled the last 30 minutes and romped 94-73 with fifth-year forward Tyson Hinz going off for a game-high 32 points and nine rebounds. Lead guard Phil Scrubb, who played with Canada's men's national team in the summer, had a 2-for-11 shooting night. Yet the Ravens still nearly hit a hundred, much to the joy of the "sloppy seconds!"-chanting Carleton student section.
The upshot for Ottawa is a change to the traditional Ontario University Athletics schedule meant the rivals were playing before the December exam break, instead of meeting for the first time at the Capital Hoops Classic in January. So there is that.
"It gives us something going forward over Christmas," said Derouin, whose team led only once all night, shortly before a hand-in-his-face Hinz triple sparked the Ravens to a 15-0 run and eventual 17-point halftime margin. "If it this is the third or fourth week of January, maybe it would be tool late to fix whatever it is I need to fix. This gives us a long, long time to do that.
"Too many open shots, too many offensive rebounds," added Derouin, whose Gee-Gees had given up 85 more points on three previouus instances during their 16-0 start vs. CIS foes. "They got 18 offensive rebounds. It's the No. 1 team in the country. We have to figure out what we're going to do there.
"We need games like this to prepare us [for the playoffs in March]," Derouin added. "We haven't played anyone close to this physical until now. We have to see how we respond ... the guys are crushed obviously. Now we have something to take back to them. I was worried about this, and 18Read More »from Carleton Ravens expose Ottawa Gee-Gees, who get sense of gap between No. 1 and No. 2 in CIS hoops