Written by Alex Kurial
Photo by Marc Lafleur
OTTAWA, Ontario – Carleton got their season off on the right foot Friday night as they scored an 87-69 win across town against the uOttawa Gee-Gees.
The home side got off to a quick start, feeding off an energetic crowd at Montpetit Hall to open up a few early leads. The Ravens regrouped quickly however, with forward TJ Lall leading the way in Ravens scoring with 6 points in the 1st quarter. Guard Mitch Wood had 5, while fellow guard Isiah Osborne added another 5 off the bench.
Osborne stayed hot in the 2nd, knocking down a key three to quell what had been a short run of momentum for the Gee-Gees. Lall added 9 points in the frame to boost his total to 15. Carleton opened up the lead to 20 at one point, settling for a 46-29 advantage at the break.
TJ Lall came out of halftime even hotter than before, mixing in three balls with buckets in the paint to rack up 28 points after 3. He would finish with 31 to lead all scorers. Forward Eddie Ekiyor did his job grabbing up some timely defensive rebounds, ultimately finishing with a game high of 9, and Carleton extended their lead to 64-45 through 3.
Ottawa made a mini run at the start of the 4th to cut things to 14, but right on cue the man of the evening TJ Lall came up with a monster block to end the trouble. Ekiyor would convert an and one shortly after, and Carleton went on to secure the 18 point victory.
Isiah Osborne, who made his return to Canadian college basketball tonight after leaving Windsor to spend time playing at UTEP in the NCAA, has been immediately impressed by the leadership he sees in the Carleton locker room.
“We got good leaders. They trust me, get the ball to me to finish and make some good plays, so you know it gives me the confidence to keep playing,” said Osborne after the game. “They lead us on and off the court, make us better players.”
Ravens Player of the Game:
TJ Lall – Forward – 4th year
Laurier vs Carleton
Friday, November 2 – 8 PM
Ravens’ Nest – Ottawa, ON