OUA Final: Ravens defend Wilson Cup title with 71-52 victory over Lancers

Photo by: Adam Dietrich/the Charlatan

OTTAWA - The Carleton University Ravens men’s basketball team claimed their third straight Wilson Cup Saturday night, defeating the University of Windsor Lancers, 71-52, in the OUA final at the Ravens’ Nest. 

The Ravens took an early lead in the first quarter playing focused and composed. It was clear that the Ravens had a defensive focus coming into this game, dominating the defensive rebounds and taking charges. On the offensive end, the Ravens went through veteran forward Kevin McCleery (Ottawa) who was a force to be reckoned with in the paint. Along with McCleery, the Ravens’ other scoring option was Cole Hobin (Ashton, Ont.), who put up eight points in the first quarter alone. The Ravens, with solid defensive effort and good scoring opportunities on the offensive end, finished the quarter with a 22-11 lead.

On the offensive end in the second quarter, McCleery was being double and triple teamed, opening up perimeter opportunities for the home team. On the other end however, the Ravens were one step too slow on defensive rotations, giving the Lancers time to get shots up and chip away at Carleton’s lead. With three minutes remaining in the quarter, the Lancers brought the game within six points with perimeter shooting. This was the closest the Lancers would get before the Ravens took a timeout to regroup and refocus on defence.

Coming out of the timeout, Hobin scored a three-pointer, giving Carleton a nine-point lead. But on the next possession on the other end of the floor, fourth year Lancer forward Isaac Kuon (Mississauga, Ont.) responded, making it a basket-for-basket game to the halftime buzzer. The Ravens retained a narrow 37-32 lead despite scoring six points less than the Lancers in the quarter.

Coming out of the halftime break, the Ravens started with a great defensive possession followed by third year guard Elliott Thompson (Fredericton, NB) getting an offensive rebound and put back. But the Lancers responded on the other end, staying within reach of the Ravens’ lead. Windsor started to look winded by the end of the quarter however and the Ravens put up more points, giving them the biggest lead of the game, 59-46, going into the last quarter of play.

The Lancers seemed to have lost focus in the final quarter and Carleton pulled away with effective inside play and inside-out combinations. On the defensive end, the Ravens were able to shut down Windsor,  keeping the Lancers to eight points as Carleton came away with the 71-52 win.

The Ravens’ ability to shut down Kuon and veteran forward Nigel Johnson-Tyghter (Brampton, Ont.), who have averaged 18.09 and 12.86 points per game respectively, was a big contributor to their success. Carleton was also extremely efficient on the boards, out-rebounding the Lancers an impressive 47-17. They had 11 second-chance opportunities on offensive rebounds while keeping the Lancers to two.

The Ravens’ success came from a number of different players, led by McCleery who had a double-double, notching a game-high 24 points and 10 rebounds to conclude his last game at the Ravens’ Nest. Teammate Hobin had a great game, playing solid defence on Kuon and contributing 20 points of his own. Thompson added to the victory with a game-high 18 rebounds while scoring seven points.

The Lancers were led by Kuon, who had 14 points while teammate Smyth was the only other Lancer in double digits with 10 points.

The two teams could very well match up one last time this season in the upcoming CIS Final 8 Men's Basketball National Championship, which will be held at the Scotiabank Place March 19-21.

Rebounds: CU= 47, UW= 17

Score by periods
Carleton        22      15      22      12      71
Windsor         11      21      12      8       52     

For further information on CU Ravens Recreation & Athletics contact Christina Atallah at 613-293-5368  email:  christina_atallah@carleton.ca          


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