Ravens advance to eighth straight Wilson Cup final

Ravens advance to eighth straight Wilson Cup final
TORONTO - The Carleton Ravens advanced to their eighth consecutive Wilson Cup final with an 84-71 victory over the Windsor Lancers in the first semifinal of the OUA Men’s Basketball Final Four Championship hosted by Ryerson University at the Mattamy Athletic Centre, presented by Recharge with Milk.
 
Porter Airlines Player of the Game and 2014 OUA East Player of the Year Philip Scrubb amassed a team-leading 24 points toward the victory, including 11 points from free throws. 
 
“We just have to compete every day, and use every game this weekend as opportunity to get better,” Scrubb said. “Tomorrow’s match up will be competitive – every team wants to beat us and every team is capable of doing so. We have to bring more energy and more fire.”
 
Also in double-digit scoring for the Ravens were Thomas Scrubb (17 points), Kevin Churchill (14 points), Tyson Hinz (11 points) and Victor Raso (11 points).  Raso’s tally included a trio of three-pointers, shooting 60% (3 of 5) from outside the arc.
 
In the losing effort, Enrico Diloreto led the Lancer offence with 17 points, followed by Lien Phillip (12 points), Alex Campbell (11 points), Rotimi Osuntola Jr (10 points) and Khalid Abdel-Gabar (10 points). Osuntola had a team-high 13 rebounds, four on offence and nine defensively.
 
Windsor struggled with shooting accuracy, averaging 32.8% (22 of 67) from the floor overall, and a lacklustre 26.5% (9 of 34) in the first half. 
 
The Ravens have won eight of the last 10 Wilson Cup titles, appearing in 11 of the last 13 championship games.
 
Both teams played tight in the first quarter, Carleton emerging with a narrow 17-14 advantage.  The Ravens began dominating the game early in the second frame, scoring 10 unanswered points in the opening three minutes and taking advantage of an abysmal 18% (3 of 17) second-quarter field goal percentage by the Lancers.  A pair of three pointers by Raso late in the quarter helped send Carleton into the halftime break with a 44-28 lead.
 
Windsor proved unable to chip away at Carleton’s lead in the second half, exiting the third period with a 13-point deficit that was undiminished at the final buzzer.
 
Carleton will attempt to claim its third straight Wilson Cup banner in the Wilson Cup final at 6 p.m. tomorrow against the winner of tonight’s second semifinal between the Ottawa Gee-Gees and McMaster Marauders. Tip off in the final is tomorrow at 6 p.m.  Windsor will play the loser of the second semifinal for the OUA bronze medal at 4 p.m.  Both games will be played at the Mattamy Athletic Centre and telecast live on Sportsnet ONE.

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