OTTAWA - The Carleton Ravens headed downtown Wednesday night for a Bytown Battle against their rivals, the Ottawa Gee-Gees. The tense rematch had fans on the edge of their seats. But in the end, the Gee-Gees’ came out on top, winning the game 57-54.
“They just responded really well and they made adjustments against us,” Coach Dani Sinclair said on the Gee-Gees’ win.
During the first quarter, the Ravens fought to even out the score. But, the team was unable to regain control of the game. The Gee-Gees led 14-11 wrapping up the first ten minutes of the game. The Ravens quickly matched each basket scored by their opponents making for a close match. The team evened out the score in the second quarter, shooting their baskets within the key. They regained control of the game and headed to halftime leading 30-28.
In the third quarter, the Ravens were led defensively by Dorcas Buisa (Gatineau, Que.) who finished the third quarter with four rebounds, 3 of them defensive. The team kept a tight grip on their one-point lead with a score of 46-45.
The two teams would continue to exchange momentum throughout the second half, and as the fourth quarter came to a close, an unfortunate foul from Carleton led to the Gee-Gee’s shooting for two at the foul line.
Coach Sinclair and her team left the court feeling dissatisfied with their performance. “We're not a very good team when we don't fight. And we can be a very good team when we do, so our focus will be finding a way to do that through practice,” Sinclair said.
The Ravens’ put in the work, fighting down to the game's final second. Despite Carleton’s effort, but with playoff basketball around the corner, the coach and her team are staying focused on improving.
The Ravens’ will hit the road, heading west to Queen's University. They'll compete against the Queen's Golden Gaels on Friday, March 11th at 5:30 PM. They'll return to the Ravens’ Nest to host the Gaels on Saturday, March 12th at 6 PM.