Written by Taylor Prichard, Sports Information
Photo by Valerie Wutti
(OTTAWA, ON) — Six men’s basketball players reached double figures in a relentless 105-40 victory over the Waterloo Warriors on Senior Night at the Ravens’ Nest.
Carleton paid tribute to senior players Gavin Resch (Ottawa, ON) and Guillaume Payen Boucard (Montreal, QC) prior to the team’s regular season home finale, and the Ravens co-captains enjoyed one more farewell memory with a dismantling of the visitors on their home court.
Led by a 19-point effort from fourth-year guard Kaza Kajami-Keane (Ajax, ON), the Ravens (14-3) reached the 100-point plateau for the second time this season.
Carleton’s suffocating defence held Waterloo in check in the first quarter as the Ravens went up 27-5 after one. The Ravens continued their attack on the Waterloo basket with a 31-point effort in the second. Kajami-Keane’s game-high 19 points came in only ten minutes of floor time before the intermission, as the Carleton playmaker sat for all but one minute in the second half.
Ahead 58-16 at the break, Rob Smart relied on his reserves for heavy minutes in the third and fourth quarters. The Ravens bench rewarded their coach’s faith with a reliable and consistent effort on both ends of the floor to close out the contest.
Several players made solid contributions in the Ravens’ one-sided win, including freshman Marcus Anderson (Brampton, ON), who tied a career-high with 10 points (along with a career-high 11 rebounds) to help him reach his first double-double as a member of the team. Sophomore Mitch Jackson (Regina, SK) also achieved his first CIS double-double with 14 points and 11 rebounds.
Ravens forward Ryan Ejim (Toronto, ON) nearly collected his own double-double with a 10-point, 8-rebound effort.
The Ravens held the Warriors to a season-low of 19.4% (13-67 FG) from the field. Carleton’s 65-point win against Waterloo tonight is their largest margin of victory over an opponent since a resounding 114-45 triumph over Queen’s (Feb. 13/15) last season.
Carleton will close out the regular season on the road next weekend against Laurentian and Nipissing.
With the OUA playoffs set to start in just under a fortnight, a strong finish should see the Ravens receive a first-round bye and a home playoff game in early March.
RAVENS PLAYER OF THE GAME:
#41 Kaza Kajami-Keane – Guard – 4th year – Ajax, ON
Carleton at Laurentian – Friday, February 26, 2016 – 8 p.m. (Sudbury, ON)