Written by Nicholas Boon
Photo by Valerie Wutti
The #1 Carleton Ravens (17-2) were in control from start to finish as they finished a 97-53 drubbing of the Nipissing Lakers (0-19).
In the final game of the regular season, graduating players Victor Raso, Thomas Scrubb, and Philip Scrubb were all recognized for their contributions to the Carleton Ravens men’s basketball program before the game.
It was a slow start as the Lakers played some effective defense and Carleton experimented with a zone press. The teams traded hard-fought baskets before the Ravens finally get things rolling.
First they found Phil Scrubb for a three to give an 8-2 cushion. But Nipissing answered with a long jumper from Jordon Campbell. The Ravens then got hot – hitting three consecutive threes – to open up a 17-5 lead midway through the quarter.
It was all Phil Scrubb for the remainder of the frame, who finished with six threes (6-7 from beyond the arc) to pile up 19 points in the first quarter alone. Behind his outstanding shooting the Ravens built a 33-13 advantage heading into the second.
The Ravens continued to roll, building on their lead behind stifling defense and brutally efficient ball movement. While Phil Scrubb continued to hit shots from outside, Connor Wood got in on the action as well, scoring 10 points in the quarter (4-7 from the floor).
Even as head coach Dave Smart worked rookies Mitchell Wood and Sheldon McIntosh into the lineup, the Ravens led 59-22 at halftime.
Carleton relied on their pair of brothers early. Phil Scrubb was simply dominant, finishing with 27 points (including 8-10 from three), while Thomas Scrubb chipped in with 6 points, 5 rebounds, and 3 assists. Meanwhile Connor Wood had 10 points and 6 assists, while Mitchell Wood had 6 points and 2 assists of his own.
The Ravens had an impressive 15 team assists to just 4 turnovers, while Nipissing struggled to take care of the ball, committing 12 turnovers to just 2 team assists. Carleton also was in control of the rebounding battle, with a 24-13 edge.
Marcus Lewis (7 points, 3 rebounds) and Campbell (6 points, 2 assists) paced the Lakers, who shot just 34.8% from the floor (and hit just 1-7 from downtown).
The trend continued down the stretch as the Carleton bench kept to outplaying the Lakers. Cam Smythe and Mitch Jackson got extended minutes in the post, and Mitchell Wood and Sheldon McIntosh played bulk minutes in the backcourt.
After going up 81-37 after three, the Ravens came away with a convincing 97-53 victory.
Carleton hit 50.6% from the floor (53.3% from range) and had 23 team assists to just 9 turnovers. Though the rebounding battle evened out (the Ravens had a +4 margin), it was the Lakers’ shooting struggles (30.0% from the floor, 26.3% from range) that was their downfall.
Phil Scrubb paced all scorers with 27 (he played sparingly late) while Connor Wood (17 points, 9 assists) and Guillaume Payen-Boucard (14 points, 12 rebounds) had dominant second half performances. Mitchell Wood (10 points) also finished in double-digits for the Ravens.
Lewis (19 points, 4 rebounds) led the Lakers, while Jerron Rhodes (10 points, 9 rebounds) and Campbell (9 points) chipped in as well.
Carleton’s next game is at home on February 28 against Guelph or Lakehead at 8 p.m.