Saturday, 17 March 2007

Ottawa vs. Carleton Semi-Final

Carleton 80, Ottawa 58 FINAL The fourth edition of the Canal War turned into a Carleton blitzkrieg as the Ravens built leads as large as 29 with a defensive clinic and unbelievable second half shooting display to move closer to their fifth consecutive CIS championship. Ravens blew the game open with a 12-1 run early in the second half, pushing a 9 point halftime lead to high double digits as the Gee-Gees simply could not get clean looks at the basket with Carleton taking Ottawa out of their offense and Doornekamp, Saunders and Bell all making 3's for the suddenly hot-shooting Ravens. Doornekamp's 3rd three of the half gave Carleton their largest lead at 29. Carleton had earlier extended their lead on the first possession of the second half after a three by Aaron Doornekamp and a pair of layins in close by Kevin McCleery to take a 13 point lead at the first TV time out of the second half.

Halftime Report: 37-29 Carleton; Carleton had their trademark defence and rebounding in high gear plus a healthy dose of Mike Moser Award winner Osvaldo Jeanty on display in the first half, holding the Gee-Gees to 21 points in the final 15 minutes of the half. Jeanty has gone 3 of 6 from 3 point land for a game-high 13 points and made a couple of tough 3's in a signature performance. Ottawa had limited success with their trapping "d" as Carleton generally has beat them. Jeanty is on fire from downtown hitting a deep 3 from the right baseline to offset Willy Manigat's 6 consecutive points that brought Ottawa back from a six point deficit. Ottawa had earlier tied the game at 16 but 3 of 4 free throws by Stu Turnbull followed by a three in transition by Osvaldo Jeanty gave the Ravens a six point lead at 22-16 the third TV timeout. The Gee-Gees just forced Carleton into consecutive shot clock violations ahead of the TV timeout with 11:32 remaining. 6'9" Dax Dessureault knocked in a pair of free throws to curtail a 7-0 Carleton run led by Kevin McCleery five consecutive points. Sean Peter scored Ottawa's first six points and Gee-Gees Josh Gibson-Bascombe finished a slick take to the rim to provide Ottawa with a 4 point lead at the first TV timeout. Os 3 out of the time out followed by Curtis Shakespeare put back to restore a one point Ottawa lead at 10-9. Turnbull shot in the lane followed by 3 point play for Kevin McCleery 14-10 Carleton, 5-0 run. Doubleheader attendance 6,395.

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