Written by Sam Lee, Sports Information Assistant
Photo by Brian Doherty
NORTH BAY, ON — The Carleton Ravens men’s basketball team defeated the Nipissing Lakers 79-59 on Friday evening, winning their second game of the 2016-17 regular season.
Ravens fifth-year guard Connor Wood (Guelph, ON) was on fire from downtown, hitting seven triples to lead the Ravens to victory.
The Lakers came out of the gate strong, leading for most of the opening quarter. The Ravens, on the other hand, were ice cold to start the game, unable to get their offence going. Nevertheless, down by three points with under a minute left in the first, the Ravens’ Connor Wood and Joe Rocca (Sarnia, ON) hit back-to-back threes to give the Ravens their first lead of the game.
The Lakers’ Jaaden Lewis hit a triple to start the second quarter, and the two teams were tied up once again. The Ravens went on a well-timed 10-0 run, but Nipissing stayed with the Ravens, thanks to strong first halves by Jaaden and Marcus Lewis, who dropped 8 points each by halftime.
After a buzzer-beating layup by Kaza Kajami-Keane (Ajax, ON) to end the half, the Ravens went into the break with a slim seven-point advantage, 36-29. Despite their lead, the Ravens shot just 34.2% from the field in the half, compared to 36.1% by the Lakers.
The Ravens and Lakers went back and forth to begin the second half, with the Lakers keeping the gap close for most of the third quarter. Nipissing forward Justin Shaver, a previous member of the Ravens, scored 7 in the quarter to lead the Lakers. Connor Wood started to heat up however, drilling his fourth and fifth triples of the game to give the Ravens the push they needed. The Ravens gained control of the game by the end of the third, up by 11 going into the final quarter.
Unable to break away for the majority of the game, the Ravens finally took control in the fourth. After Wood hit his sixth three of the game, the Ravens went on a 14-0 run to seal the deal. The Ravens widened the gap and ended the game up by 20 for their second straight win.
Connor Wood finished with 5 rebounds and 3 assists to go with his game-high 25 points. Kajami-Keane struggled with his shot (5-12 FG), but nearly finished with a triple double, with 8 rebounds and 8 assists along with 14 points. The Lakers were led by Jaaden Lewis off the bench, who was red hot with 17 points on 6-for-7 shooting.
The Ravens will continue their road trip tomorrow on November 26, facing the Laurentian Voyageurs in Sudbury for their third game of the season.
RAVENS PLAYER OF THE GAME:
#10 Connor Wood – Guard – 5th year – Guelph, ON
Carleton at Laurentian
Saturday, November 26, 2016 – 8 p.m.
Ben F. Avery Gymnasium – Sudbury, ON
Live Webcast on OUA.tv