When Dave Smart starts buttering up a team, quite often they're about to become someone's lunch.
When the Carleton Ravens' 55-game CIS hoops win streak was snapped with a last-second loss in the Ontario final seven nights ago, they soaked in every bit of the Ottawa Gee-Gees' euphoria before leaving the floor. Saturday, after sending the Alberta Golden Bears packing with a 79-55 win in the early semifinal at the CIS Final 8, the Ravens politely acknowledged the obvious storyline — "revenge is always nice, but we want the national championship whether it is it Ottawa or UVic," forward Tyson Hinz said before the Gees and Vikes tipped off — even while many had an inkling they really wanted another crack at Ottawa.
Such is the bar the Ravens have set. Winning a 10th national championship after losing their final matchup of the season against Ottawa might leave a slight void.
"It was kind of a bitter feeling," Ravens guard Thomas Scrubb, who added to his tournament MVP application with 22 points and seven rebounds vs. Alberta, said of watching the Gee-Gees put guard Johnny Berhanemeskel on their shoulders, among other celebrations. "I wasn't surprised they would do that. It's definitely easy motivation if we meet them in the final. We'll be ready to play. We won't let something like that happen again."Read More »from Carleton Ravens have unsettled score in CIS hoops final, regardless of opponent