Ottawa 73, Queen’s 72… 6’1″ OUA POY favorite Mike L’Africain made a driving lay-in scoop with just 1.2 seconds remaining to rescue #2 Ottawa with a dramatic victory over the Gaels. Ottawa held the lead for much of the game and were up 3 in the final minute but 6’3″ Sukhpreet Singh made a driving “and 1″ lay-up on a tough block/charge call. With the ensuing free throw the game was tied with under a minute to play. Gaels held defensively and then a strange play occurred with about 10 seconds left and Gaels holding the ball for the final possession as Singh appeared to lose his dribble with the ball on the floor. 6’3” Caleb Agada made a play for what appeared to be a loose ball and was whistled for a perplexing foul. Singh made the first to give Queen’s a one point lead and then missed the second, setting up L’Africain’s heroics, who led all scorers with 27 points. Agada added 18 and 15 rebounds on just 7 of 23 shooting as he works his way back after a severe ankle injury. Singh had 19 to lead Queen’s while 6’5″ Tanner Graham had 15 and 6’9″ post Mike Shoveller added 11 points and 14 rebounds. Gee-Gees will meet Carleton in one OUA Final 4 semi-final next weekend.
Carleton 90, Brock 52 … 6’3″ Connor Wood had one of the greatest individual offensive performances in the history of Carleton’s Raven’s Nest, scoring 35 points through 3 quarters – finishing with 37 (on 13 of 18 shooting including 5 of 8 threes) in just 26 minutes as the Ravens routed visiting Brock. Ravens played with a fire and intensity not seen this season in jumping out to a 30-6 lead as Wood knocked down 3’s and got in the lane and to the rim – he had 24 points by halftime on 9-12 shooting. 6’2″ Kaza Keene was just as productive, breaking down defenders off the dribble. Badgers came off the ropes with a solid second quarter, holding the Ravens scoreless for about 4 minutes before Carleton finished the half strong but this one was for all intents and purposes over very early as the Ravens appear focused with Wood and Keene playing at inordinately high levels.
Ryerson 93, Lakehead 71… The T-Wolves stayed with the Rams until late in the second quarter however Ryerson pulled away for an easy win, clinching home court advantage for next weekend’s OUA Wilson Cup Final Four. 6’4″ Ammanuel Diressa and 6’3″ Adika Peter-McNeilly each led the way with 19 apiece for Rye while 6’5″ Bacarius Dinkins led all scorers with 27 points and 12 boards. Windsor Lancers await Ryerson next weekend with the booking a trip to UBC/Vancouver for the CIS Final 8.