Tuesday, January 17, 2012

MBNA Capital Hoops Classic Media Notes


MBNA Capital Hoops Classic Media Notes... from uOttawa Sports Information
The MBNA Capital Hoops Classic, which debuted in 2007 as a single men’s game and has featured a doubleheader since its second edition, quickly became one of the highlights of the CIS basketball season.

The inaugural event attracted 9,730 fans, which at the time was a CIS record for a regular season game. That mark was broken in 2009 when a crowd of 10,523 turned up at Scotiabank Place for the third annual Classic.

MBNA CAPITAL HOOPS CLASSIC RESULTS & ATTENDANCES 
Men’s results
2011: Carleton 78, Ottawa 65
2010: Carleton 74, Ottawa 66
2009: Carleton 87, Ottawa 72
2008: Carleton 70, Ottawa 66
2007: Ottawa 64, Carleton 62
Women’s results
2011: Carleton 71, Ottawa 63
2010: Carleton 53, Ottawa 40
2009: Carleton 62, Ottawa 53
2008: Carleton 53, Ottawa 43
Annual Attendance
2011 (doubleheader): 7,565
2010 (doubleheader): 8,074
2009 (doubleheader): 10,523 (CIS regular season record)
2008 (doubleheader): 9,124
2007 (men only): 9,730

CAPITAL HOOPS CLASSIC ALL-TIME LEADING SCORERS
Women’s
1. Tanya Perry – 20 points, 7 rebounds - Carleton (2009)
2. Jenna Gilbert – 17 points, 7 rebounds – uOttawa (2011)
3. Courtney Smith - 15 points, 3 rebounds – Carleton (2010)
4. Hannah Sunley-Paisley - 13 points, 11 rebounds – uOttawa (2010)
5. Alyson Bush – 13 points, 9 rebounds, 3 steals – Carleton (2011)
6. Sarah Nolette – 12 points, 2 steals – uOttawa (2011)

Men’s
1. Stu Turnbull - 29 points, 7 rebounds - Carleton (2009)
2. Tyson Hinz - 25 points, 10 rebounds – Carleton (2011)
3. Kevin McCleery - 24 points, 6 rebounds – Carleton (2010)
4. Warren Ward - 22 points, 9 rebounds – uOttawa (2011)
5. Josh Gibson-Bascombe – 22 points – uOttawa (2007)
6. Aaron Doornekamp – 20 points, 10 rebounds – Carleton (2008)

RECENT HISTORY OF uOTTAWA vs. CARLETON RIVALRY
Women
February 26, 2011
February 19, 2011
January 26, 2011 Carleton 65, uOttawa 51 (OUA East Final Four) at Toronto
uOttawa 72, Carleton 68 (OT) at uOttawa
Carleton 71, uOttawa 63 (double OT - Capital Hoops Classic)  
February 27, 2010
January 27, 2010
November 3, 2009 uOttawa 59, Carleton 54 (OUA East Final) at Carleton
Carleton 53, uOttawa 40 (Capital Hoops Classic)
Carleton 70, uOttawa 46 at Carleton  
February 21, 2009
January 28, 2009
November 4, 2008 Carleton 62, uOttawa 53 at uOttawa
Carleton 62, uOttawa 53 (Capital Hoops Classic)
Carleton 52, uOttawa 50 at uOttawa

Men
February 18, 2011
January 26, 2011 Carleton 81, uOttawa 60 at uOttawa
Carleton 78, uOttawa 65 (Capital Hoops Classic)  
March 6, 2010
February 20, 2010
January 27, 2010 Carleton 78, uOttawa 64 (OUA East Finals) at Carleton
Carleton 87, uOttawa 86 at Carleton
Carleton 74, uOttawa 66 (Capital Hoops Classic)  
March 4, 2009
February 21, 2009
January 28, 2009 Carleton 82, uOttawa 61 (OUA East Final) at Carleton
Carleton 76, uOttawa 69 at uOttawa
Carleton 87, uOttawa 72 (Capital Hoops Classic)  
March 1, 2008
Feb. 16, 2008
Jan. 27, 2008 Carleton 75, uOttawa 56 (OUA East final) at Carleton
Carleton 75, uOttawa 73 at Carleton
Carleton 70, uOttawa 66 (Capital Hoops Classic)  
March 3, 2007
Feb. 18, 2007
Jan. 23, 2007 Carleton 65, uOttawa 63 (OUA East final) at Carleton
uOttawa 77, Carleton 71 at uOttawa
uOttawa 64, Carleton 62 (First Capital Hoops Classic)


Highlights from last year’s Capital Hoops Classic:

Gee-Gees put up a fight at Capital Hoops Classic
Wednesday, January 26 2011
Men’s basketball (6-9 OUA)
Visited Carleton (15-0 OUA) for the 5th annual MBNA Capital Hoops Classic at Scotiabank Place in Ottawa, ON on January 26, 2011, 8 p.m.

  1 2 3 4 FINAL  
CARLETON 9 22 27 20 78  
GEE-GEES 23 9 13 20 65

uOttawa: Warren Ward 22 points, 9 reb
Carleton: Tyson Hinz 25 points, 10 reb

Following a thrilling women’s game, it was time for the men to take to the court for the second half of the fifth annual MBNA Capital Hoops Classic at Scotiabank Place in Ottawa, Ont. Clearly the uOttawa Gee-Gees were the underdog going to this one against the No.1 and undefeated Carleton Ravens. However, the Gee-Gees would prove early on that they would not be intimidated, and would come to play.
From the opening tip off the Gee-Gees would put Carleton in unfamiliar territory.

Third-year guard Warren Ward, London, Ont., would get things started for the Gee-Gees scoring their first seven points and leading them into an 11-0 run. They would continue to defend well and by the end of the first quarter it was 23-9 for the garnet and grey.

As to be expected, Carleton would wake up in the second to make a game of it. The Ravens would go on a run of their own, scoring 18 straight points to close the gap. Ward would add five more for his team in the second, as the Gee-Gees would keep a slim 32-31 lead at halftime.

Unfortunately for the Gee-Gees, the Ravens would retake their No. 1 form in the third to take control of this game. The Gee-Gees would be plagued with missed shots, turnovers, and a Carleton offence that suddenly came alive. They struggled to sustain the pressure that brought them early success in the first half of the game.

Nevertheless, the Gee-Gees would not quit, and would make a valiant effort late in the fourth to try and close the gap. But it was too little too late as Carleton would remain undefeated and take this one 78-65.

“We came out on fire. They are the number one team in the country, and I knew that wasn’t going to continue but I’m proud of our guys; we came out strong. I thought our guys battled, again that’s the number one team in the country and I thought we were right there with them,” said Gee-Gees head coach James Derouin.

“Warren had twenty-two (points) and nine (rebounds) with Cole (Hobin) the defensive player of the OUA all over him. I thought he battled hard, and he was making a good effort to rebound the ball,” added Derouin.

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Gee-Gees fall to the Ravens in double overtime
Women’s basketball (9-6 OUA)
Visited Carleton (13-2 OUA) for the 5th annual MBNA Capital Hoops Classic at Scotiabank Place in Ottawa, ON on January 26, 2011, 6 p.m.


  1 2 3 4 OT 1 OT 2 FINAL  
CARLETON 16 12 11 11 9 4 71  
GEE-GEES 10 13 14 13 9 12 63

uOttawa: Jenna Gilbert 17 pts, 7 reb;Hannah Sunley-Paisley 11 pts, 10 reb; Sarah Nolette 12 pts, 2 steals
Carleton: Alyson Bush 13 pts, 9 reb, 3 steals

The fifth annual MBNA Capital Hoops Classic, Ottawa’s premiere basketball event, got underway as the unranked Gee-Gees women’s basketball team took on the No. 4 Carleton Ravens under the bright lights of Scotiabank Place. And fans would not be disappointed as this one would require double-overtime before a winner could be declared. In the end it was the Carleton Ravens who would prevail and take this year’s coveted Capital Hoops crown.

The first quarter would see the Ravens take an early lead as the Gee-Gees would battle some early game jitters. Fourth-year centre Hannah Sunley-Paisley, Toronto, Ont., would get into foul trouble early and would have to sit out for most of the first. With their leading scorer out, the Ravens would take advantage and pull ahead 16-10.

The Gee-Gees would come alive in the second to outscore Carleton 13-12, cutting the score to 28-23 at halftime. First-year guard Laura-Emilie Cyr, Montreal, Qué., made some excellent shots, and third-year forward Jenna Gilbert, Ottawa, Ont., was also great under the basket as both players would finish with 8 points at the half.

In the second half, the Gee-Gees would continue to chip away at Carleton’s lead as this game would come down to the final minutes of play. Unfortunately they would have to do it without their leading scorer Hannah Sunley-Paisley who would foul out with two minutes to play. First-year guard Sarah Nolette, Edmonton, Alb., would knock down two big back-to-back three pointers to put the Gee-Gees up 50-48 with 90 seconds to play. Still, the Ravens would respond on the following possession with two free throws, and the game would remain tied until the final buzzer.

In overtime, the Ravens would come on strong and score four unanswered baskets. Yet, the Gee-Gees would not go down without a fight. First it would be Sarah Nolette knocking down another timely three-pointer for her fourth of the game. Then it would be Jenna Gilbert who would make two huge three-pointers, one of which was from way downtown, to tie the game with 30 seconds to play in the first extra frame.

The second overtime would prove to be much of the same as the Ravens would jump out to an early lead. The Gee-Gees would come within three but that was as close as they would get. Carleton would maintain their lead to prevail by a final score of 71-63.

Following the game head coach Andy Sparks was disappointed his team could not pull out the win but credited his young team with a good effort. Still, Sparks did not want to dwell on the loss: “Credit to them, they are a very good basketball team and are ranked number four in the country but it’s not like we’re not there with them because we are there with them. But we just got to go back to the drawing board and work on a few things. We have a big game coming up on Friday against Queen’s so you got to refocus. This is a tough stretch with five games in eight days but we just got to tough it out now.”

Sparks admitted that having Hannah out for most of the game, especially in overtime, was a huge blow to the offence. The Gee-Gees were forced to play with four rookies on the floor for most of the two overtime periods.

Leading scorer for the Gee-Gees Jenna Gilbert, appearing in her first Capital Hoops Classic, expressed her team’s disappointment: “Obviously we’re extremely disappointed. I mean we had the chance three times to just finish the game but we just couldn’t get it done. So it’s extremely frustrating but we just have to move from here and learn from our mistakes,” said Jenna.

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