Written by Ali Baggott, Victoria Vikes and Carleton Sports Information
Photo by Marc Lafleur
VICTORIA, BC – U SPORTS men’s basketball has been dominated the past decade by the Carleton Ravens and the seven-time defending national champions showed why as they blew past the Victoria Vikes, 99-61, on Day 2 of the Guy Vetrie Memorial Tournament on Sept. 30 at the CARSA Performance Gym.
Third-year Ravens guard Yasiin Joseph (Ottawa, ON) carried the Ravens putting up 35 points in 30 minutes played.
Joseph’s show was complimented well by Munis Tutu, with 11 points, and Emmanuel Owootoah, with 10 points, while Mitch Jackson had eight rebounds and Joseph and Eddie Eikiyor each had six. The Ravens knocked down 11 three-pointers on 22 attempts and where 80 per cent from the line.
The Ravens’ first-quarter began slowly as the Vikes showed a fighting spirit to take an early 16-14 lead after one. Senior Cam Smythe (Vancouver, BC) knocked down a triple and Eman Owootoah (Rexdale, ON) scored a pair of baskets, but Taylor Montgomery-Stinson’s three pointer at the buzzer ensured the Ravens were starring at a deficit heading into quarter number two.
Carleton regrouped in the second as Joseph put up a three pointer to get the Ravens back in the lead, up 17-14. It was a sign of what was to come as the Ravens were sent to the line on enough plays to get up 29-24. Joseph crafted his way to the basket, owning the quarter, to put up 13 points and end the half with 21 points. The Ravens out-shot the Vikes 25-13 thanks to Joseph. Rebounds were the likely factor to the momentum shift as Carleton earned seven second-chance points and out-rebounded the Vikes 28-19 in the opening half. The Ravens would lead, 39-29, after two quarters.
Joseph continued his tear in the third putting up an additional eight points to finish three quarters with an impressive 30 points. Forward Eddie Ekiyor (Ottawa, ON) was a beast in the paint, scoring eight points in the third, while guard Marcus Anderson (Brampton, ON) added seven, including two daggers from beyond the arc.
The Ravens entered the fourth up 14, 65-51, and Joseph continued his strong play with another five points early on as Carleton’s 16-0 run squashed the hopes of any Victoria comeback. The Vikes were held off the scoreboard for over half the quarter. Owootoah buried two more threes and Mitch Jackson (Regina, SK) put an exclamation point on the win with a dunk in the final minutes of play.
KEY GAME STATS:
RAVENS PLAYER OF THE GAME:
#10 Yasiin Joseph – 3rd year – Guard – Ottawa, ON
Guy Vetrie Tournament
Carleton vs. Guelph
Sunday, October 1, 2017 – 3 p.m. ET
CARSA – Victoria, bC