Saturday, 20 November 2010

OUA Tonight

Carleton 78, Windsor 59  The Ravens tightened up defensively in the final 3 quarters, holding the Lancers to only 27 points in a 26 minute span until late in the fourth to win the battle of the lone remaining undefeated teams in the OUA at Windsor.  The Lancers were on fire from three point land in the first quarter, led by 6'7" Andre Smyth (14 points 4-7 3's), forging leads as large as 7 but the Ravens took off on 14-0 run to bridge the first and second quarters including a pair of 3's from Phil Scrubb and Elliott Thompson.  But the Lancers had one more run left as down 7 at 37-30 after a three by Mike Kenny, Windsor finished the half on a 7-0 run highlighted by another 3 from lefty Smyth to tie the game at 37.  But Windsor could muster only 14 points in the first 14 minutes of the fourth and Carleton took their largest lead at 66-51 with 6 minutes left in the game.  The Lancers hurt themselves with 3 technical fouls to Coach Chris Oliver in the first half and then Monty Hardware and Enrico DeLoretto in the second half of a hotly-contested, emotionally-charged game that the Ravens were able to ultimately win comfortably.

McMaster 101, RMC 39  The Paladins had 19 points at halftime and were down 29 as Mac improves to 3-3 in advance of a pair of games in the Nation's capital next weekend.

Laurier 100, York 94  6'5" Kale Harrison had 25 points and the Golden Hawks used their size well, taking advantage of some favorable matchups to handle the Lions in North York.  6'6" Max Allin, who Laurier Coach Peter Campbell has used to start his offense as a point forward, took advantage of his matchup with 5'11" David Tyndale late in the game and 6'6" Pat Donnelly was able to use his perimeter skills to take 6'10" Stefan Haynes off the dribble as the explosive Hawks won the shootout.  But Laurier had few answers for York's talented 6'10" Dejan Kravic (28 points), who continues to display his array of face-up and back-to-the-basket skills.  Laurier had leads as large as 15 and York got it back to within 4 but could not get all the way back.  Tyndale added 25 for York.

Toronto 86, Guelph 70  The Varsity Blues established an early double digit lead and kept it for much of the game as 6'5" Alex Hill had 27 points including 5-8 3's.  The Gryphs lost starting guard Kareem Malcolm to an injury early in the first quarter but the Blues had comfortable leads throughout to win at home.  The Gryphs hurt themselves by going only 7 for 16 from the foul line and shot only 38% from the floor.

Waterloo 87, Laurentian 71

Western 76, Ottawa 71 in OVERTIME  6'6" Warren Ward was back in the Ottawa lineup and had 20 points but it was not enough as All-Canadian Andy Wedemire had 24 points and 11 rebounds to lead the Mustangs.  The Mustangs got a tip-in at the buzzer to force the overtime and Gee-Gees coach James Derouin was assessed two technicals in the ball game.

Lakehead 78, Queen's 47  Another sterling defensive effort by the Wolves as they held the Gaels to only 31 points after three quarters in their second consecutive route over the weekend.

Ryerson 108, Brock 105 in OVERTIME  In a wild shootout during which the team's combined for over 150 field goal attempts, the Rams, behind 29 points and 13 rebounds from underrated freshman Jordan Gauthier, held off the Badgers who shot 55% of their shots from behind the arc, going 18 for 44 from dowtown.  Brock outscored the Rams 64-50 in the second half alone to force the overtime.


Anonymous said...

Seeing as you have no Laurentian notes...Laurentian came out real flat at the beginning; they were down 54-26 at one point (might have been at half). Had a feeling it was going to be a rough one after watching their warm-ups; they didn't have much hop in their step, a few air balls on warm-up shots, lots of missed open warm-up shots. Laurentian got out-rebounded badly and Waterloo owned the offensive boards even though they were much smaller...very disappointing, discouraging game to watch tonight

DAL#1 said...

alex hill...are you for real?

Anonymous said...

Was Windsor the last realistic risk to Carleton going undefeated this year? (Pause for usual cliche about anything being possible.)

Anonymous said...

Anyone who thought Carleton would struggle a bit with the graduation of Kevin McCleery are sadly mistaken.
Thanks to freshman sensation Phil Scrubb, Smart has simply shifted the offensive emphasis from the post back to the classic three guard system Carleton had employed for years.
On the other hand, it has been tough sledding for the Gee Gees.
A 1-5 start (the team was 18-4 last year) has put Ottawa in a hole.
Fortunately for the Gee Gees, with the exception of Carleton and Toronto, all other teams in their division have struggled too.
Third place is still attainable. which is where I figured they would be,
York is a team I thought would be better.
After upsetting Carleton at home (something Ruach, Eves, Foebel and co. never did) and advancing all the way to the east semi final last year, I thought the Lions were poised for a break out season.
Obviously, that hasn't materialized.
Lots of talent and athleticism, especially up front, but porous defensively and seemingly lacking structure.
Toronto has been the biggest surprise from a positive viewpoint. Heavy graduation losses hasn't fazed this team one bit.
In fact, if anything, these Blues are better than last year.
NCAA transfer Alex Hill is one obvious factor, but the returning players, Andrew Wasik especially, have been outstanding.
Toronto's performance may earn Coach Katz another COY award.

Anonymous said...

The loss of McCleery wasn't nearly as difficult an obstacle as previous Carleton. Last season was close to a rebuilding year as we have seen with Smart since the run of CIS championships began. While they may have lost the country's best post player, they seem to have as much depth as the years when Jeanty, Doornekamp, et al were filling the roster.

Anonymous said...

Anon 10:33...
To answer your question, probably.
Looking at the rest of the schedule, I think Toronto in Toronto would be the stiffest remaining rest.
The Blues have beaten some well regarded teams already (X and Western for example) and are very well coached.
But I don't think they can match Carleton's overall depth.
Lakehead is riding high at 5-1 and come to Ottawa to play the Ravens and Gee Gees next think Smart wants a little payback for last year?
And I don't think York will pull any miracles again, either.
Really, the only team that can beat Carleton are the Ravens themselves.
Last season, the team had a number of sub par efforts, especially on the road.
Any lesser team it would have costed them more than the two games they did lose.
But judging from their performance thus far, it seems the Ravens are just playing more consistently than last year at this time.
They have already had their toughest road trip in terms of travel and relative opponent strength and they passed with flying colours.
So a 22-0 season is a definite possibility.