Written by Alex Kurial
Photo by Valerie Wutti
OTTAWA, Ontario – The Carleton Ravens continued their torrid run through the OUA with a 115-62 win over the visiting McMaster Marauders on Saturday.
It was a hot start for Carleton, with 4th year forward TJ Lall scoring the first 4 points of the match. A Stanley Mayambo deep ball bumped the lead up to 12-2, and after McMaster trimmed the lead to 6, an Isiah Osborne dunk brought the crowd to life and put Carleton back in control. Osborne added a three pointer right after, and along with 10 points from Lall the home side led 27-16 after the opening frame.
Lall was nowhere close to stopping, and went on a personal 7-0 run to start the 2nd quarter. 5th year forward Mitch Jackson threw down a dunk of his own right after, and the run went all the way to 11 unanswered before the Marauders were forced into a timeout down by 20. The final 30 seconds of the half had plenty of thrills, featuring an Eddie Ekiyor dunk and Aiden Warnholtz three ball at the buzzer to give Carleton a 55-30 lead at the break.
The Ravens opened up their best quarter offensively after the break, shooting an impressive 8 of 13 (61.5%) from the field. The real damage came at the free throw line though, where Carleton knocked back 15 of their game high 32 points in the quarter. Once again head coach Dave Smart was able to work a full rotation of players into the game, with six of the Ravens notching double digit point totals in the win.
TJ Lall was the top scorer on the day, showing off his shooting touch by hitting 9 of 11 shots for 23 points. Isiah Osborne recorded 14 points and a game high 9 rebounds, while rookie guard Aiden Warnholtz chipped in 10 points and a top assists mark of 6.
Guard Munis Tutu was pleased with the direction of the offense, which had their highest scoring game of the season while topping the 100 points mark for the 3rd time. “We haven’t been playing as confident the past couple of games. This weekend we really emphasized that and it showed.”
Tutu now hopes the Ravens will keep this attitude up as they head on the road next weekend to play their final games before the winter break. “Stay consistent with our effort,” Tutu said of what he’d like to see against Algoma and Guelph. “Continue what we did this weekend, continue practicing hard, and hopefully we can get two wins next week heading into the break.”
Senior guard Mitch Wood is looking forward to heading to his hometown of Guelph for the final game before the break next Sunday. “It’s always fun to go home and play, so that’s going to be exciting.”
Offensively, Wood was also pleased with the direction the offense has been trending, now scoring 100 or more in three of the past four games. “We’ve been focusing a lot more on getting shots off in practice, so I can see it’s showing in the game.”
Ravens Player of the Game:
TJ Lall – Forward – 4th year
Carleton @ Algoma
Friday, November 30 (8 PM)
George Leach Centre – Sault Ste. Marie, ON