Written by Mike Beasley
Photo by Rohit Saxena
The Carleton Ravens defeated the Laurentian Voyageurs 98-74 at the Ravens’ Nest on Saturday night to complete a perfect 22-0 season and capture their 14th consecutive OUA regular season title.
It all started back on November 1, 2013 with a 95-74 victory over Windsor and now, three and half months later the No. 1 Ravens have run the table on their regular season.
For those inquiring minds, Carleton has not lost a regular season game since November 9, 2012 when the Windsor Lancers knocked off the Ravens 71-67.
Since then the Ravens have gone 43-0 over the past two seasons, 3-0 in the OUA playoffs and another three game winning streak as they captured the 2013 CIS men’s basketball championship.
Saturday night’s match-up featured a pre-game ceremony with Ravens head coach, Dave Smart acting as the master of ceremonies as he paid tribute to two of his fifth year players, Tyson Hinz (Ottawa, ON), Kevin Churchill (Toronto, ON) and fourth year student, Clinton Springer-Williams (London, ON).
“Kevin is the glue to this team,” said Smart about the Masters in Philosophy student.
“He is everything we (coaching staff) strive for in our fifth year players. During his career he shot 60% from the field and 80% from the foul line. He does everything you could ask for in a student athlete.”
As for Hinz, Smart put things in very simple terms.
“Tyson’s play speaks for itself. He has been the CIS Player of the Year, a three time All Canadian and three time national champion.
His work ethic is insane. Between his academics, talent and community work it would hard to find anyone that has done more.”
Springer-Williams hasn’t been around Carleton as long as Hinz and Churchill but has been a vital component to the Ravens success ever since transferring to the program from Brock (CIS) and Gannon University (NCAA) at the beginning of the 2012-2013 season.
Smart was the first to echo that sentiment.
“Clinton always did what was asked of him and never questioned the role I had for him. He was a great team player.”
The No. 1Ravens finish the regular season at the top of the OUA East standings and will host a semi-final game next Saturday, February 22. Game time at the Ravens Nest is 8:00PM