Written by Griffin Porter
Photo by Valerie Wutti
OTTAWA, Ontario – The Carleton Ravens didn’t stay in the loss column for long, as they were able to bounce back from their defeat at the hands of the University of Ottawa Gee-Gees at Capital Hoops with a 108-54 victory over the McMaster University Marauders. Carleton was able to come away with the victory despite missing several key pieces due to injuries in this one, including breakout 1st year forward Lloyd Pandi as well as 5th year Stanley Mayambo. Despite the injury troubles, however, the Ravens were able to win every quarter and came away with the victory to improve to 20-1 on the regular season.
After the Marauders came out of the gates hot and jumped out to an early 7-4 advantage, Carleton was able to respond with a 13-0 run to take a 10 point lead, which they would maintain and improve upon for the rest of the game. The culmination of a good night for Carleton came in the 3rd quarter, in which they outscored the Marauders 37-6, cementing the victory for the team. Carleton was led on the scoresheet by Isiah Osborne, who filled in for the injured Pandi quite admirably, as he put up 19 points on 9-11 shooting from the field, and added 8 rebounds as well. Speaking after the game about his mentality, Osborne said that “(I’ve got the) same mentality as always… go out there, do what the team needs… just gotta go out there and do what I gotta do”. Carleton also got 12 points and 9 rebounds from forward Biniam Ghebrekidan, as well as another strong performance from their reserves. In spite of the injuries, the Carleton bench was still able to put up a remarkable 53 points, with guards Alain Louis and Conor Vreeken leading the charge with 17 and 16 points respectively. Asked about the depth of the Carleton bench, Osborne, who is usually a member of that dangerous bench unit, remarked on how important it was to the team as a whole. “We know our team’s deep, so we try to get in, run, keep going, and tire out the enemy team… we go out and give it our all because we know we’ve got good players coming in”.
Much of Carleton’s edge in this game came from their ability to create turnovers and turn defence into offence, just as it has all season. The Ravens pressured the Marauders into committing 21 turnovers on the game, and were able to turn those into 32 points. Carleton also played strong defence on McMaster shot attempts as well, limiting the Marauders to just 26% shooting from the field while shooting almost 58% themselves. The win was an important one for a Ravens team coming off of their first loss of the season, as they were able to bounce back and put in a vintage performance. Carleton will look to continue to regain momentum on Saturday night, as they host the Brock Badgers on Seniors’ Night in the regular season finale.