Ravens host Hatters tonight

After last night’s controlled scrimmage/game in Montreal – depending upon which source one consults, Stetson and UQAM met with the Hatters site indicating a 72-67 Stetson victory while UQAM site makes no mention of the game and insiders telling us that the match was played as a controlled scrimmage – Stetson Hatters today travel two hours west to Ottawa for a Friday night date at the Raven’s Nest against Carleton at 7:30 PM ET.

The Hatters, who advanced to the Atlantic Sun tournament championship game last season before bowing out in OT to NCAA tournament participant Florida Gulf Coast, are led by a pair of 6’7″ bigs:  sophomore Derick Newton (16.3 ppg/5.9 rpg) and 6’7″ senior Brian Pegg (12.6 ppg/9.8 rpg).   5’11” junior guard Divine Myles runs the offense and 6’5″ junior Luke Doyle, who last season broke the school record for three-pointers after transferring from Nichols State, was arguably the top sixth man in the conference.  The Hatters feature one Canadian:  6’9″ Kevin Ndahiro, who began his basketball career in Ottawa, ON after his family emigrated from Rwanda.  Ndahiro then moved to Edmonton and he later transferred to finish his high school career in Kentucky where he was recruited by Stetson.  Ndahiro is entering his sophomore season after seeing action in just 7 games as a freshman.

The Ravens come off their 12th CIS championship in the past 14 seasons and lose only two main rotation players in 6’6″ Guillaume Boucard, who will play professionally in France with GET Vosges in Nationale 1 league and 6’3″ Gavin Resch.  While Boucard’s leadership and ability to lock down opponent’s best scorer and Resch’s perimeter shooting especially will be missed, Carleton returns at least 8 rotation players and will welcome at least 4 more newcomers.  Among the new faces joining Carleton are 6’4″ McMaster transfer Joe Rocca, an able perimeter shooter and scorer, 6’8″ redshirt freshman Will Kohler, who is currently battling an upper-body injury, 5’11” N.C.A.A. Division transfer Emmanuel Owootoah, who played 60 games over two seasons including 12 starts at Fresno State after starting his high school career at Toronto’s Martingrove Collegiate and 6’1″ Yassin Joseph, another redshirt freshman from local Ottawa Glebe.  The Ravens also will welcome 5’11” point guard Sean Stoqua who has transferred back home to Ottawa however the diminutive guard’s first sport is football, following in the footsteps of his legendary father Pat Stoqua, the former Ottawa Rough Rider and Raven football star.  As such, don’t expect Sean, a transfer from Acadia who sat out last season, to join the basketball Ravens until probably the new year.

The rest of the weekend sees Wichita State Shockers open up their Canadian tour at UQAM in the lone Saturday game and then three games Sunday including the Shockers visiting Carleton, Stetson returning back to Montreal to meet McGill Redmen (both afternoon games) and Charleston Southern visiting the Lancers in Windsor.

Another pair of games that we missed involve John Campbell‘s U of T Varsity Blues who will make the trip to the Bahamas for a meeting with UNLV Runnin’ Rebels on August 14th and ACC’s Wake Forest Demon Deacons on August 16th.  Prior to leaving for their trip, the Blues will host Charleston Southern.

UQAM has added one more game to their NCAA schedule, meeting Akron Zips, an NCAA Division 1 team on Sunday, August 21st.  ** Note that I have since been advised that this is a women’s game and not the men’s team **

In a more sobering piece of news, Wayne Thomas is reporting on his wonderful site Canada West Hoops that Mount Royal Head Coach Marc Dobell has been the unfortunate victim of a heart attack.  Dobell appears to be resting comfortably but has ceded coaching duties to his assistance until further notice.  This news hits close to home however with proper focus on rehabilitating, a quick bounce back is possible.  Let me join in to wish Coach Dobell all the best.



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