OTTAWA - The Carleton Ravens men's basketball team opened 2022-23 where they left off last season - with a strong defensive performance en route to a 97-66 victory.
The Ravens opened up their 2022 schedule at home on Friday against the York Lions and were quickly ahead 28-14 after the first quarter. Aidan Warnholtz opened the evening showing off his strong shooting and by the time ten minutes had elapsed already had nine points on 4-5 shooting while Grant Shephard had three rebounds and six points to help jumpstart the offensive.
It was a good night for the Ravens bigs who powered their way inside against the Lions as Carleton scored 48 points in the paint to the Lions' 22.
The Ravens would add another seven points to their lead in the second quarter with first-years Marjok Okado and Jacob Knight combining for eight of Carleton's eleven bench points in the quarter.
Travon Hamilton tried to lead the Lions back into the game in the second half, scoring nine points in the third quarter, but it wasn't enough as Carleton scored 25 points to extend the lead.
Shephard and Warnholtz both finished the night with 20 points while Shephard was a rebound away from a double-double and Warnholtz an assist shy.
Gebrael Samaha and Wazir Latiff both hit double-digits for Carleton scoring 10 and 16 respectively.
"It's different than exhibition [play], they prepared well for us and we had some moments but I'm happy with the win."
"We're a younger team, and we have some good players, but we've got some guys we've got to get through and get some good experience. You can't replicate this experience and you can't replicate this kind of atmosphere."
"It was good to get that one out of the way, but the Marauders are a very good team, so we'll need to be ready for that tomorrow."
"There's lot of things we want to work on from today, obviously it's nice to get a win and to get everybody on the floor getting some regular season experience, but still lots of stuff to work on."
"There's always going to be high expectations, no matter what year you're in there are things that need to get done on the floor."