Tyson Hinz scored 23 as his Carleton Ravens won their fourth match in four OUA men's basketball contests this season. File photo
By Sports Fanatic
The Carleton Ravens men's basketball team appeared to be in mid-season form as they pounded the Western Mustangs 96-43 and the Windsor Lancers 95-66 this past weekend at Alumni Hall.
The no. 1-ranked Ravens are off to a 4-0 start this season and have served notice to everyone that they are going to be tough to beat and are the favourites to repeat as National Champions.
On Friday evening, Elliott Thompson led the way with a 20-point effort as the Ravens completely manhandled a young and inexperienced Western team.
On Saturday, they faced a more experienced Windsor team but the Ravens wore down the Lancers with their trademark smothering defence and unparalleled depth.
They led 47-35 at halftime and outscored the Lancers by 17 points in the second half to cruise to an easy victory.
Leading the way was Ottawa native Tyson Hinz, who drained 23 points as 11 of the 12 Ravens dressed for the game. Thompson, Kevin Churchill and Phil Scrubb each added 14 points but it was point guard Scrubb who took over the game in the second half distributing the ball with amazing efficiency.
Lien Phillip and Enrico Diloretto each scored 19 to lead Windsor.
The fourth-ranked Ravens women are now 2-2 after splitting their games over the weekend.
On Friday, they ran into a red-hot Western team that shot 60% from the floor. The Ravens trailed the Mustangs by as much as 23 points in the third quarter and by 17 points entering the final 10 minutes.
However, they continued to chip away at the Mustang lead and Alyson Bush scored a layup with seven seconds remaining to lift the Ravens to a 72-71 victory. Ashleigh Cleary was a force all night, scoring 26 points while Kendall MacLeod scored 19 and Bush added 15. Lacey Knox from Kingston scored a team-high 18 points for Western.
On Saturday, the Ravens faced the second-ranked and defending CIS national-champion Windsor Lancers, who were coming off a loss the previous evening to the Ottawa Gee-Gees.
Poor perimeter shooting and an inability to stop Windsor's inside game put the Ravens down by a score of 28-22 at halftime. The Ravens were never able to get the game closer than the six-point halftime deficit until Jessica Resch and Krista Van Slingerland hit three-pointers as part of an 8-0 run that pulled them within two points at 49-47 with two minutes remaining.
However, they couldn't complete the comeback and fell 55-51 to the Lancers. MacLeod and Elizabeth Roach scored 10 points each to lead the Ravens while Jessica Clemoncon led Windsor with 15.