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MBB | Defense shines as Ravens drop Thunderwolves

Written by Alex Kurial

Photo by Valerie Wutti

OTTAWA, Ontario – Carleton used a combination of hot shooting and overwhelming defense to down the visiting Lakehead Thunderwolves on Saturday with a 112-45 victory.

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The Ravens wasted no time jumping out to the lead and put the first 8 points on the board spurred by veteran forward Mitch Jackson. After Lakehead got their first basket forward Eddie Ekiyor converted an and one to restore the 8 point lead, before Carleton started hitting from range with back to back threes by guards Isiah Osborne and Marcus Anderson. Along with capitalizing from the free throw line off Lakehead’s foul troubles, Carleton took a 25-8 lead after the opening quarter.

The second quarter was even more impressive from a defensive standpoint, as the Ravens stifled Lakehead completely to allow just 5 points in 10 minutes. This marked their best quarter defensively this season. 4th year forward TJ Lall got to work scoring 7 points, while guard Munis Tutu added 7 of his own to boost the lead to 51-13 at the break.

The Ravens’ defense continued to be strong in the 2nd half, as for a third straight quarter Carleton held their opponents to single digit scoring with 7. It was also the biggest quarter so far offensively for the home side, as the Ravens knocked back 28 points in the frame. Osborne connected on a pair of threes for 8 points, while 5th year guard Mitch Wood also hit a double from downtown for 8 points in the quarter.

Up 79-20 going into the final 10 minutes, head coach Dave Smart was able to empty his bench to close out the game. This prompted some big performances in relief, most notably from 2nd year forward Biniam Ghebrekidan who shot 7 of 8 in the 4th to end up finishing with a game high 16 points. Guard Alain Louis from Montreal was able to get his first action of the season, and took full advantage of the opportunity to the tune of 3 for 3 shooting for 6 points in 6 minutes. Carleton continued their in-game trend of improving their offensive total each quarter, scoring 33 points in the 4th to top the century mark for the second straight game.

Isian Osborne said he was impressed with his team’s field goal shooting, which went 44 for 76 (58%) during the game. “We haven’t been shooting too great the past few games, shot a little better today,” said Osborne after the game. “Coach has been telling us shoot the shot and be confident.”

Eddie Ekiyor meanwhile was singing the praises of the defense, which for a second time this season held their opponent under 50 points. “As a defense everyone locked in more. Just jumped to the ball and dug in as a team.”

The Ravens move to 6-0 with the win, setting up a powerhouse tilt against the OUA West leading Brock Badgers next Friday.

Ravens Player of the Game:

Eddie Ekiyor – Forward – 3rd year

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