Thomas Scrubb hooped 20 and hauled down 14 in Carleton's ouster of McMaster (Chris Roussakis for Yahoo! Canada Sports)
Back in the day of Dean Smith there was the de facto Anybody but Carolina banner. It would be only understandable if ABC stood for Anybody But Carleton in the realm of Canadian university hoops.
Feelings toward the indomitable Ravens, in the unfamiliar position of being seeded No. 2 at the CIS Final 8, are not quite like that — "it's all about respect; they're at the pinnacle that we're all trying to reach," is how long-time Concordia Stingers skipper John Dore put it on behalf of the coaching fraternity. This time around, the question revolves more around the possibility of any team spoiling a potential all-Ottawa showdown on a championship Sunday at the Canadian Tire Centre. That meant No. 3 seed Alberta, which was paced by fifth-year star Jordan Baker's 17-point, nine-rebound, five-assist effort in its 72-62 win over Saint Mary's, was under more of a microscope than anyone else during Friday's quarter-finals. Carleton pulled away from McMaster to win 82-64, with Phil Scrubb (21 points and five assists) and Thomas Scrubb (20 points, 14 rebounds) counting for half the Ravens' total.
The Golden Bears didn't go ahead for good until the third quarter, when Baker, their Swiss army knife of an all-Canadian forward, started driving and dishing. An eight-minute drought also did in the No. 8 Huskies, setting up one-half of an Alberta-Carleton semifinal matchup. It will be a rematch of the 2012 final. Four players on each side were around for that one.
"It's good — we owe them for two years ago," said Baker, who played for Carleton coach Dave Smart (and with Ravens star Phil Scrubb) for Canada at the 2011 Pan-Am Games. "We're going to have to play a lot better if we're going to be able to knock off the next team in the semifinals. It'll be a steeper challenge."
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