Written by Alex Kurial
Photo by Marc Lafleur
OTTAWA, Ontario – The Ravens are looking to enter the postseason strong during their final regular season homestand of the season, and started things off right on Friday night with a 92-49 takedown of the Nipissing Lakers.
It was a fast and furious start for Carleton as they soared to a 14-0 lead in just four minutes of action. Marcus Anderson and Eddie Ekiyor lead the charge with five points each. After allowing what would be the Lakers only two field goals of the quarter, the Ravens busted off another double digit 11-0 burst to close out the quarter. 5th year forward Mitch Jackson knocked back a pair of layups, while guard Isiah Osborne closed out the quarter with a dunk to secure his side a 27-6 lead after 10 minutes.
Jackson kept things rolling in the 2nd, adding another pair of layups early on to push the lead to 31-8. The Regina native would finish the first half as lead points man with eight. A 10-2 run closed out the quarter, with 4th year forward TJ Lall shining to the tune of six points. The last of these came on a late tip in from the Cambridge, ON man to give Carleton a 46-18 advantage at halftime.
Lall still had the touch out of the break, hitting a deep ball in the opening minute. He would finish the game with 11 points on 5 of 9 shooting. Ekiyor turned in a dominant two minutes where he put back seven points to bolster the Carleton lead to 60-23. 5th year guard Troy Reid-Knight was an instant impact off the bench, exploding for nine points in under four minutes to leave the Ravens firmly in control at 72-29 through three.
The highlight of the game came early in the 4th when a thunderous flying dunk from Osborne sent the Ravens Nest crowd to their feet. The whole Carleton squad was able to make a considerable contribution to the final, with every player recording at least four points and 11 minutes of play time. Ekiyor led the way with a team high 14 points, while Jackson snagged a team high six boards. Munis Tutu had the hot hand assist wise, outperforming the entire Nipissing team’s total of five with seven of his own.
Ekiyor talked after the game about his team’s defensive effort, as they held an opponent under 50 points for the 5th time this season.
“We knew they were going to come out aggressive and attacking. Everyone was communicating and talking, and we have to keep that kind of energy going,” said Ekiyor.
“We want to keep building on this,” Ekiyor went on to say about what he hopes to see in the regular season finale against Laurentian on Saturday night. “We want to make sure we’re locked in as a team defensively. Kadre [Laurentian guard Kadre Gray] is coming here tomorrow and we have to make sure we cover him as a team and don’t leave anyone on an island.”
Gray was the lone bright spot for Laurentian in the team’s first encounter, as he turned in an impressive 23 points performance. Ekiyor knows he’s a talented player that he and his team will need to account for.
“He works on his game. He’s always in the gym, he can shoot, he’s a strong guard. But like everyone else he has his holes. So as long as we work as a team and we stick to our fundamentals, we can make it tough for him,” Ekiyor explained.
Carleton scored an 83-55 victory when they took to the road against Laurentian a month ago. Isiah Osborne had a game high 25 points, while TJ Lall contributed a double double. This will be the final tune up for Carleton before the playoffs start next week. Having already clinched a first round bye, the Ravens will have a week off before their quarter final matchup on February 23.
Ravens Player of the Game: Eddie Ekiyor – Forward – 3rd Year
Up Next: Laurentian @ Carleton
Saturday, February 16 (8 PM)
Ravens Nest – Ottawa, ON