Written by Sam Lee, Sports Information Assistant
Photo by Valerie Wutti
WATERLOO, ON — The Carleton Ravens men’s basketball team cruised to a 109-73 win over the Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks on Friday, their sixth in a row to start the season. Their scoring output was the highest of the season thus far, with the Ravens scoring 40 points in the final quarter.
Kaza Kajami-Keane (Ajax, ON) opened the game with two triples in the first two minutes, sparking a 9-0 run for the Ravens to start the game. Connor Wood (Guelph, ON) also started the game well, scoring eight straight points for the Ravens during the frame. The Ravens ended the first with a 25-14 lead, led by their two stars – Kajami-Keane and Wood.
Kajami-Keane opened up the second with back-to-back buckets as well, this time making a couple of layups to start the quarter. The Golden Hawks turned the tables soon however, when rookie Tevaun Kokko went off for 15 points in the quarter without missing a single shot. Kokko led the Golden Hawks back into the game, and the score was tied up by halftime, 40-40. Kajami-Keane scored 15 points with three 3-pointers in the half, while Kokko scored 21 with four triples. They were the matchup to watch this game, with both players missing just one shot in the opening half.
The Ravens took control of the contest in the third, outscoring the Golden Hawks 29-12. Kajami-Keane scored nine points to lead the way, and Wilfred Laurier was unable to buy a bucket against Carleton’s tremendous third quarter defence. Eddie Ekiyor (Ottawa, ON) also had a great quarter off the bench, scoring eight points, including a tip in to beat the buzzer. The Ravens ended the quarter up 69-52.
Carleton continued their offensive onslaught in the fourth, scoring 40 in the quarter against a Golden Hawks team that looked lost in the second half. Connor Wood scored 12 points in the final period, hitting three triples to extinguish any chance of a Golden Hawk comeback. Coach Dave Smart put his subs in, and Joe Rocca (Sarnia, ON) scored 10 of his 15 in the final quarter, leading the Ravens bench in their continued dismantling of the Golden Hawks’ defence.
Kaza Kajami-Keane led the way for the Ravens with 24 points, shooting an efficient 10-for-13 from the field. Connor Wood and Eddie Ekiyor were close behind with 22 and 20 points, respectively. Wood and Ekiyor also added 9 rebounds each, playing leading roles in the Ravens’ first victory of the new year.
Kokko played a tremendous game, leading all scorers with 27 points on 9-11 shooting from the field and 5-6 from three-point territory.
The Ravens will next take on the Waterloo Warriors on Saturday, January 7, the second half of their road trip to Waterloo, Ontario.
RAVENS PLAYER OF THE GAME:
#42 Eddie Ekiyor – Forward – 1st year – Ottawa, ON
Carleton at Waterloo
Saturday, January 7, 2017 – 8 p.m.
PAC Gymnasium – Waterloo, ON