Written by Mike Beasley
Photo by Valerie Wutti
There’s still plenty of basketball to be played this season but Tuesday night’s Capital Hoops Classic between the Carleton Ravens and Ottawa Gee-Gees may be a preview of this year’s national championship.
The rest of the teams in the OUA, AUS and Canada West may have a thing or two to say about it but nobody could be blamed for thinking it as the country’s No. 1 and 2 ranked schools squared off in a beauty.
The Ravens remain undefeated this season (14-0) as they trumped the Gee-Gees 82-58 to win their seventh straight Classic.
The Ravens led 48-23 at halftime with the only blip in their game being the third quarter when Ottawa outscored the Ravens 23-13.
“We (Carleton) defended well in the first half but didn’t play aggressive enough in the third quarter,” said Dave Smart, Ravens head coach.
Four Ravens hit double digits in the game with Phil Scrubb (Richmond, B.C.) leading the way with19 points. Thomas Scrubb (Richmond, B.C.) was right behind with 11 points and a game high, 11 rebounds. Tyson Hinz (Ottawa, ON) struck for 15 points and 9 rebounds, 5 assists and 3 blocked shots.
Ravens guard Victor Raso (Hamilton, ON) chipped in with 13 points and 7 rebounds in 21 minutes of play.
Raso was playing in his first Capital Hoops Classic and handled everything in stride with a solid performance.
“For me, I treated it like just another game,” Raso admitted.
“I couldn’t let any nerves get to me. I thought we played a solid game but kind of lost our focus at the start of the third quarter. We have to remember to play 40 minutes every night.”
Carleton returns to action on Friday, January 24 against Queen’s. Game time at the Ravens’ Nest is 8:00PM.