OUA UNCOVERED: 2014-15 season in review
TOP-SEEDED RAVENS FIVE-PEAT, SCRUBB BROTHERS ENTER RECORD TORONTO (CIS) – The top-seeded Carleton
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
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
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.