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had also faced off in last year’s CIS title match,

15-10 started the second quarter on an 11-0 run

University Ravens claimed the W.P. McGee Trophy

with Carleton prevailing 79-67. It marked the third

to open the game up. The lead quickly ballooned

for the fifth consecutive season and for a record

rematch in CIS men’s hoops history after Victoria

to 20 and, with 5:10 remaining in the half, Ottawa

11th time overall thanks to a decisive 93-46

beat Waterloo in both 1985 and 1986, and back-

head coach James Derouin was whistled for a

victory over the No. 3 Ottawa Gee-Gees in the

to-back victories by StFX over Brandon in 2000

technical foul which seemed to give his Gee-Gees

championship final of the 2015 ArcelorMittal

and 2001.

a spark they desperately needed. Ottawa scored on consecutive possessions and then drew a

Dofasco CIS men’s basketball Final 8, Sunday March 15th, in front of a near-sellout crowd of

“It’s pretty cool to think about,” said Phil Scrubb

3,917 at Ryerson University’s Mattamy Athletic

about the five consecutive national titles. “Each


individual one is different and pretty special and this one, after we lost a few games this year, is a

The Ravens, who earned the top seed for the

good feeling.”

charge call at the defensive end and moved to within 13 points. Carleton held steady however and had retreated to the locker room up 38-23.

national tournament after they captured the OUA banner a week ago, completed a successful five-

Ravens bench boss Dave Smart, who has been

The Ravens came out of the break hungry for

year run for the second time in program history,

at the helm for all 11 McGee Trophy triumphs,

more and Connor Wood led the champions on a

equalling their remarkable streak from 2003 to

echoed his point guard’s statements about what

16-2 run to open the second half. Third-year guard


the most recent one means to him.

connected on three straight three-pointers and added a pull up jumper all within the first three

Brothers Phil and Thomas Scrubb became just

“Really for me, it’s one at a time. It’s always a

minutes of the quarter.

the fourth and fifth players in CIS annals to win five

different group. To win without Tyson (Hinz) and

national rings in men’s basketball, joining Osvaldo

Kevin (Churchill) is not easy – they were the heart

Jeanty from the 2003-2007 Ravens as well as Eli

and soul of last year’s team and to find a way to

timeout,” said Derouin after the game. “That put

Pasquale and David Sheehan from the University

get it done this year is pretty special.”

their lead at 26 and the way they were defending, I knew we had a pretty uphill climb at that point and

of Victoria dynasty in the 1980s. Carleton’s defence smothered the Gee-Gees, In his final university game, Phil Scrubb

“They came out on that run and I had to burn a

it seemed to go from bad to worse from there.”

limiting the country’s highest-scoring team from

completed a dream weekend as he received his

the regular season (94.5 ppg) to just 23 points in

Ottawa’s offence could never find its rhythm and

second Jack Donohue Trophy as Final 8 MVP -

each half, including eight points in a 22-8 fourth

the Gee-Gees trailed 70-38 after three quarters.

three years after he first merited the award in

quarter. The Ravens, who had the nation’s top-

To make matters worse, the OUA bronze medallists

2012 - and was named Carleton game MVP for the

ranked defence this year (56.4 ppg) led 15-10

also lost their CIS coach of the year as Derouin

third time in as many games this week thanks to a

after the first period, 38-23 at halftime and 71-38

received a second technical foul and was forced to

28-point, 10-assist performance. The all-star guard

after 45 minutes.

leave the bench for the final quarter.

from Richmond. B.C., the only player to win CIS player-of-the-year honours on three occasions over

Fifth-year Ottawa guard Johnny Berhanemeskel,

Not satisfied with their lead and unwilling to

his career, shot 10-of-16 from the floor, including

the 2014-15 CIS player of the year, was held to just

take a possession off, the Ravens outscored

4-of-8 from beyond the arc, and was 4-of-5 from

six total points on 1-of-10 shooting, including 0-of-

Ottawa 22-8 in the final quarter to put the finishing

the free throw line.

6 from three-point range, and didn’t find the score

touches on the lopsided victory.

sheet until two minutes before the halftime break. Thomas, the reigning two-time CIS defensive player of the year and 2013 Jack Donohue Trophy

For the game, Carleton shot 55.4% from the

winner, had a double-double of his own with 20

field and 52.2% from beyond the arc, compared to

points and 12 rebounds.

25.0% and 15.4% for their opponents. The Ravens also won the rebound battle 44-29.

The cross-town rivals from the nation’s capital Leading 15-10 after 10 minutes, the Ravens led

With tournament host Ryerson winning the bronze medal earlier on Sunday, the OUA conference swept the CIS podium for the second time in three campaigns. Carleton, Lakehead and Ottawa finished 1-2-3 in 2013.

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