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MBB: Ravens down Golden Bears to sweep Guy Vetrie tournament

Written by Ali Lee, Vikes Communications

VICTORIA, B.C. – The Carleton Ravens found their third win in as many days defeating last year’s CIS bronze medalists, the Alberta Golden Bears, by a score of 69-52 in the fifth game of the Guy Vetrie Memorial tournament on Oct. 5 at McKinnon Gym. Three-time CIS MVP Philip Scrubb was the game’s highest scorer totaling 29 points.

Thomas was the second-highest scorer with 12 points but game 3 saw Carleton’s biggest spread all weekend for scoring contributions. Senior Victor Raso put up three treys to finish with nine points, and nearly every player for Carleton got on the scoreboard. Six-foot-four Connor Wood continued to impress defensively adding six rebounds.

The Alberta Golden Bears relied heavily on the two-way talents of fifth year Joel Friesen who finished with 18 points and was 4-for-9 from distance. Kenneth Otieno added 12 points, while six-foot-seven Mamadou Gueye was critical in earning seven boards. Alberta conceded 15 turnovers to Carleton’s seven, likely the difference between the CIS No. 1 and No. 3 teams.

In the opening quarter both teams stayed square with Carleton taking an 11-10 edge at the first break. In their third game in as many days it was clear that fatigue could be the difference in the game. Distance shots by each of Wood and Raso helped the Ravens get ahead, while Alberta won the war under the boards and stayed with it thanks to two buckets each from Otieno and Friesen.

Carleton started to find their strides in the second frame as Philip Scrubb came to life for 11 points in the quarter, six from three-point shots. Guillaume Boucard dominated Carleton’s defensive glass to prevent any second-chance points for the Golden Bears, who got two three-point buckets from Friesen. Alberta had four turnovers that lead to Carleton scoring.

Ravens head coach Dave Smart went to his bench through the second quarter and every Carleton player that stepped on the floor scored points. Carleton earned a nine-point cushion, up 30-21, at the half.

In the third frame the Ravens stretched their lead as large as 17, as three distance daggers for Carleton provided a nice cushion. Alberta’s Friesen continued to impress on the court, adding to the Golden Bears’ total and effectively utilizing his six-foot-five stature defensively. Forwards Gueye and Rav Dhaliwal were held quiet at this point with only five and two points total at the end of the third.

Carleton held a 53-36 lead entering the final quarter, showing why they have won 10 of the last 12 CIS national championships. Alberta stayed in it but the Ravens showed their consistency in attack, stretching their lead to the largest in the game by 26 points. The Ravens utilized their entire bench, while the Golden Bears had to play the final minutes without Friesen, who limped off the court mid-way through the quarter.

Carleton shot 44 per cent from the field, while Alberta was at 29. The Ravens totaled 12 points from Alberta turnovers, and were 10-for-24 from distance.

The Ravens finished the Guy Vetrie tournament with a 69-52 victory and closed out their west coast trip with three scorer Scrubb

ALB: 10-11-15-16 : 69
CARL: 11-19-23-16 : 52

ALB: Joel Friesen (18), Kenneth Otieno (12)
CARL: Philip Scrubb (29), Thomas Scrubb (12), Victor Raso (9)

Guy Vetrie Memorial Tournament (at McKinnon Gym – Victoria, B.C.)
Friday, Oct. 3: Carleton Ravens 83, Bishop’s Gaiters 61
Friday, Oct. 3: Victoria Vikes 65, Alberta Golden Bears 80
Saturday, Oct. 4: Bishop’s Gaiters 79, Alberta Golden Bears 69
Saturday, Oct. 4: Victoria Vikes 64, Carleton Ravens 80
Sunday, Oct. 5: Carleton Ravens 69, Alberta Golden Bears 52
Sunday, Oct. 5: Victoria Vikes vs. Bishop’s Gaiters (2:00 p.m.)

All times listed in Pacific Time. All Games are streamed with live stats and video here.