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MBB | Offense dialed in as Ravens soar past Lakers

Written by Alex Kurial

Photo by Valerie Wutti

NORTH BAY, Ontario – The offense was firing on all cylinders for Carleton on Saturday night, as they topped 100 points for the 4th time this season in a 107-59 defeat of the Nipissing Lakers.

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In a reversal of Friday’s slow start against Laurentian, the Ravens rocketed out to a big lead and saw themselves up 15-2 after just five minutes. Forward TJ Lall connected on five of the points, while fellow forward and Ottawa native Eddie Ekiyor had a double digit opening quarter of scoring with 10 points. He would finish with a team high 21 points, and Carleton would finish the opening 10 minutes having shone on both ends of the court to hold a 30-8 lead.

Coming off his 25 point night in Sudbury, Isiah Osborne started to find his touch in the 2nd quarter as he connected for nine points, including a pair of threes. Despite their offensive success the Ravens were actually outscored in the quarter 26-24, having no answer for San Francisco native Justin Hill on the other end. The junior guard put up 25 points himself in the first half to account for the vast majority of Lakers scoring.

The second half was a different story as far as Hill was concerned though, as he was held to just two points after head coach Dave Smart and his squad drew up a plan to contain their hot shooting opponent. Ekiyor and Osborne continued to display success from the floor meanwhile, while the one sided affair allowed the entire bench to get significant minutes. Every Raven finished the game with at least 10 minutes played and multiple points on the board.

Up 79-45 entering the final quarter, Carleton continued their offensive outburst to shoot over the century mark for the first time since November 24, and second time on the road this season. The clinching shot came off a three ball from rookie Aiden Warnholtz, though the Ottawa’s man’s true contribution on the night was through his setup game to the tune of a game high seven assists.

The Ravens shooting was on point in this one, as they connected on 52.5% of field goals and 46% of three point shots. Carleton dominated the glass as well, grabbing 41 rebounds to Nipissing’s 16. It was a perfect 6-0 road trip for the Ravens, moving them to 14-0 overall as they are over halfway towards achieving another perfect regular season. Five straight home games now await the team, including a pair of massive tilts against Ryerson and Ottawa.

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Carleton vs Queen’s Gaels
Friday, January 18 – 8pm
Ravens’ Nest – Ottawa, ON