HALIFAX - The Carleton Ravens are off to a fourth consecutive U SPORTS championship game after beating the Ottawa Gee-Gees 81-75 on Saturday night.
The Ravens got off to a hot start taking an early 11-2 lead before the Gee-Gees battled back. It was First Team All Star Aiden Warnholtz who got the Ravens off to their hot start. The Kanata guard had eight points and three assists in the first quarter. Warnholtz's offence wasn't enough though as Carleton found themselves behind by two at the break.
Connor Vreeken (Kingston, Ont.) heated up in the second, scoring seven points, one behind team leader Marjok Okado, as the Ravens outscored Ottawa 21-12 to take a 40-33 lead into the second half. Despite being deep in foul trouble, the Ravens found success in the first half on the outside shooting 4-6 from beyond the arc.
In the second half, the Ravens went into their traditional shutdown defence as the men in black kept the Gee-Gees deep shooters off rhythm.
In the fourth quarter, with the Gee-Gees chipping away at the Carleton lead Connor Vreeken stepped up again, driving past his defender with 32 seconds to go to stop the Gee-Gees run.
With the win, the Ravens advance to Sunday's championship game where they'll face the winner of St. FX and Victoria.
Catch the final at 5:00 PM on CBCSports.ca.