Written by Griffin Porter
Photo by Valerie Wutti
OTTAWA, Ontario – Browsing the OUA’s leading scorers, you won’t find many members of the Carleton Ravens at the top of the list, despite the fact that as a team the #1 ranked Ravens lead the province in scoring at almost 98 points a game. Despite not having a player in the top 20 in points per game, Carleton is still able to create an elite offence through their depth and balanced attack, an attack that was on full display tonight against the Queen’s University Gaels. With star guard Munis Tutu unable to make his normal impact on the scoresheet due to foul trouble, bench players like Isiah Osborne and Alain Louis rose to the occasion, and the Carleton depth was put on full display, as 12 different Ravens recorded points in Saturday night’s 98-70 win over the Gaels.
Louis in particular enjoyed quite a weekend for the Ravens. After tallying 20 points in the 2nd half of Friday night’s victory over the Ontario Tech Ridgebacks, Louis was successful off the bench once again on Saturday night against the Gaels, finishing with 23 points on the evening to lead Carleton in scoring. After the game, Louis spoke to his mentality and staying aggressive in a reserve role, saying “the starters set a tone, and we just have to come out and match it, or bring a little more energy”. Isiah Osborne also matched the energy of the starters in this one, as he was able to put up 15 points in his usual scoring role off the bench. Not to be outdone, 1st year forward Lloyd Pandi put up 18 points from his spot in the starting lineup, on his typically efficient shooting.
The Ravens set the tone on defence early in this one, as they spent the first 10 minutes of the game locked in and locked on to the dangerous Queen’s shooters. Carleton was able to hold the Gaels to just 4 points over the 1st quarter, scoring 15 of their own to take an early lead. The pace of the game opened up in the 2nd, as Queen’s was able to bounce back and score 26 points, but the Ravens tallied 31 to increase their lead heading into halftime. The 2nd half saw a much slower game, as several whistles decreased the pace in the 2nd half as the Ravens marched towards another victory. The two teams combined to shoot 50 free throws over the course of the game, and committed a total of 49 fouls.
The Ravens will continue to put their win streak on the line as they travel to Toronto next weekend for a doubleheader against the University of Toronto Varsity Blues and the Ryerson University Rams on Friday and Saturday night, respectively. The Ryerson game in particular promises to be an exciting one as the Rams are enjoying a hot streak of their own, and the two teams have a rivalry forged by their positions as two of the most successful USports basketball teams in recent memory.