Saturday, 6 November 2010

Carleton 92, Brock 70

In a chippy, emotional and foul-filled affair that was closer than the score may indicate, the Badgers stayed in the game with a blistering performance from downtown but in the end, a countless array of fouls, many well deserved, led to Brock's undoing and the Ravens won going away.

Brock answered most every Ravens run in the first three quarters, leading 25-20 after the first quarter on the strength of 7 first-quarter 3's including three consecutive to start the game by 6'1" Mike Cruickshank (15 points; 3-10 3's).  The initial frame had plenty of flow despite 11 fouls being called in the first 4 minutes in a game that in the end was a very difficult one to referee given the chippiness and antics at times.  The Ravens began to pull away in the second quarter after a three by 6'5" Tyson Hinz, who had a career-high 34 points, gave the hosts a 40-33 lead after a nice feed from 6'3" freshman Phil Scrubb.  But 6'1" Andrew Kraus, who appears to be the on-floor leader of the Badgers, dropped the 11th 3 of the first half for Brock from about 5 feet beyond the arc late to draw Brock back to within 4 at 43-39 at the half.  Brock was whistled for 17 of the 25 fouls called in the opening frame.

Tied at 47 early in the second, the Ravens had a 14-5 run led by 5'11" Willy Manigat and Hinz but 6'7" Anto Raic's 3 brought Brock back to within 6.  After a Scrubb put-back, Cruickshank's driving layup at the third quarter buzzer had the game back to within 7 at 64-57.

The fourth quarter featured numerous more fouls including the second intentional foul on 6'0" Joel Whitty who was ejected as a result.  Whitty brought a competitive edge to the game, driving with wreckless abandon and also making a number of long 3's during the hot run that kept the Badgers close for 3 quarters.  In all Brock finished with 41 fouls and 3 Badgers fouled out including 6'6" Mark Gibson, 6'5" Jordan Johnson and 6'4" Cedric Kasango while 4 other Badgers finished with 4 fouls.

Hinz led all scorers with 34 points, which I believe is a career-high for the sophomore from Orleans St. Matt's however Hinz did have a big game in last month's House-Laughton tournament also.  Manigat added 13 for Carleton which shot an uncharacteristic 7 for 30 from downtown.  Raic had 17 to lead Brock including 4-6 from downtown as the Badgers shot 16 for 42 from beyond the arc, cooling off somewhat in the second half and only knocking in one or two in the fourth quarter.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

It's not often a team notches sixteen 3 pt shots in a single game...rarer still, dropping 16 treys yet wind up losing by 22 .
But essentially, those long range bombs were all Brock had going for it offensively. After adding the 8 points Brock got from the FT line, Brock scored only 7 baskets all night from close in.
Only a couple of Badger 2 pointers were directly under the hoop.
By contrast, the Ravens had no trouble attacking the hoop and had a field day in the paint.
Tyson Hinz scored more 2 point shots than the entire Brock team (9 of 12 2 pt attempts)
Hinz, Chapman and Smedziuk battered Brock inside all night...fouling was the only way to stop them.

I dispute the notion that without McCleery, Carleton no longer has a so called 'go to guy'.
Both Hinz and Phil Scrubb, a sophomore and freshman respectively, have already both recorded 30+ point games this year...if that doesn't make them go to guys, I don't know what would.
Secondly, having one designated go to guy isn't always a good thing.
Carleton's tendency to rely on McCleery in big games burned them against Sask.
Ditto the 2008 loss to Acadia.
Doornekamp, the Moser winner, was having a horrible game but Smart continued to lean on him instead of looking to Turnbull or McCleery.
What I like about this years edition is the fact there is no one guy to key on.
If Phil Scrubb doesn't kill you, then Hinz will...or Manigat or Thompson.
The team's offensive attack is much more versatile and that diversification makes Carleton even more potent.