Written by Nicholas Boon
Photo by Marc Lafleur
The Laurentian Voyageurs (7-11) kept it close for much of the first half, but the #1 Carleton Ravens (16-2) had an explosive third quarter to secure a 85-39 win at home.
Gavin Resch opened the scoring with a three, and would stay hot for the quarter hitting 10 points in the frame. Behind Resch’s shooting the Ravens went on an early 13-3 run, making it look like this game would be over almost as soon as it started.
But the Voyageurs settled down and it took some patience on offense but together had a run of their own. Thanks to a 41.7% shooting quarter, Laurentian trailed by just 19-13 after the first.
The Voyageurs stayed hot early in the second, putting together a 6-0 run to start the quarter and tie the game up at 19. Shortly after, a three from Ryan Bennett gave the Voyageurs their first lead of the game and prompted a timeout from Ravens head coach Dave Smart.
Down 25-23, Carleton turned to Jean Emmanuel Pierre-Charles and Connor Wood for offense. The two combined for 10 points as part of a 14-1 Ravens run to finish the quarter. The Ravens held a 39-26 lead at halftime.
Despite Carleton’s 13 point advantage, the two teams were actually quite balanced in the early going. The Ravens shot slightly better (45.7% to 40.0%) and had a slight edge in rebounding (18 to 16).
Bennett led all scorers at half with 11 points (including 3-4 from downtown) while Tychon Carter-Newman chipped in with 9 points for the Voyageurs. Meanwhile Resch (10 points), Pierre-Charles (8 points) and Thomas Scrubb (8 points, 8 rebounds) drove the Carleton offense.
The Ravens kept rolling in the third as the Voyageurs stalled almost entirely. Managing just 7 points in the quarter Laurentian also couldn’t stop Carleton on the other end. The Ravens piled on 31 points in the frame, extending their lead to 70-33 heading into the fourth.
The fourth quarter served as an opportunity for Carleton to get some of their younger players some minutes against a play-off team. Cam Smythe (16 minutes), Mitchell Wood (11 minutes), Sheldon McIntosh (10 minutes), and Mitch Jackson (8 minutes) all played in the final frame.
With such a gap there was little the Voyageurs could do to close it and Carleton came away with an 85-39 victory.
As a team Carleton hit 51.6% from the floor and 50.0% from three (to Laurentian’s 32.7% and 17.6%). The Ravens also took control of the boards, finishing with a +15 margin, and had 16 team assists next to just 7 turnovers.
Resch tied his career-high as he finished with 22 points including 6-9 from three (7-11 overall) to go along 5 assists and 4 rebounds. Five other Ravens finished in double figures including Pierre-Charles (14 points, 6 rebounds), Thomas Scrubb (13 points, 9 rebounds, 7 assists), Philip Scrubb (11 points), Connor Wood (11 points), and Cam Smythe (11 points).
Bennett led the Voyaguers with 16 points, while Carter-Newman had 9 and David Aromolaran had 6. No other Laurentian player scored more than 2 points.
The #1 Carleton Ravens now turn to a winless Nipissing Lakers team for the Saturday night match-up. Tip-off will be at 8 p.m. in the Ravens Nest, with three graduating players – Thomas Scrubb, Philip Scrubb, and Victor Raso – being recognized before the game.