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MBB | Carleton Extend Win Streak Over Ontario Tech

Written by Anne-Marie Iemmolo

Photo by Marc Lafleur

OTTAWA – On Friday night the Carleton Ravens won their third regular-season game after an intense face-off with Ontario Tech. Aiden Warnholtz (Ottawa, ON) started strong during the first quarter. Despite heavy pressure from the defence, Warnholtz kept control of the ball using a crossover dribble to move past his opponents. Starting the second quarter up only seven points the Ravens were tested by the Ridgebacks who closed out the half only two points behind the Ravens, trailing 42-40 Carleton.

The team bounced back during the third quarter. Carleton picked up the pace and the quarter finished with a score of 63-56 Carleton. During the fourth quarter, the Ravens continued to press their opponents. The team maintained their lead with solid offensive tactics—Connor Vreeken (Kingston, ON) drained two three pointers and had a key steal to set up a transition dunk helping the Ravens pull away to a victory. Vreeken, who went 4-8 from the three-point line, noted the team’s change in energy during the last two quarters.

“We started picking up and putting more pressure on them in the full court. By doing that, we sped the game up a little bit,” said Vreeken. It’s Vreeken’s first year on the starting lineup for the Ravens. His objective this season is to maintain leadership and continue improving the team. “We have to focus on our defensive transition. Focus on rebounding. The ball-on offence will take care of itself,” said Vreeken.

On Saturday, the Carleton Ravens won their fourth regular-season game in an incredible match against Ontario Tech. Running away from the Ridgebacks for a 110-57 victory. A new look starting lineup set the tone for the game. Lloyd Pandi (Ottawa, ON) had an impressive night, shooting 9-9 from the field as the Ravens sprinted out to a 26-11 first-quarter lead.

During the second quarter, Grant Shepard (Kelowna, BC) was exhilarating to watch. He dominated the court with multiple slam dunks, had 11 field goals and played well on both sides of the court with four steals and seven defensive rebounds. By halftime, the team extended their lead to 50-28. “Today we just came together as a team and really dug down to find our perfection,” Shepard explained. This is his first year with the Carleton Ravens. “It’s a work in progress, but we’re definitely seeing progress in that,” said Shepard on the team’s improvement. This past summer, Sheppard played alongside Pandi in the CEBL on the Niagara River Lions team.

The team is currently 4-0 on the season and will travel to Toronto to play against the York Lions on Friday, November 26th, at 8:00 p.m.