Ravens hold off Western, capture House-Laughton championship

Carleton (6-0) 80, Western (1-2) 59... 6’4″ Connor Wood went a perfect 8 for 8 from three-point land – finishing with a game-high 28 points – and 6’2″ Kaza Keene flirted with a triple-double, scoring 10 points, doling out 10 assists and grabbing 7 boards as the Ravens jumped out to a 20 point halftime lead and then held off a hot shooting Mustang team to once again capture the tournament championship of the House-Laughton Classic.  After the difficult start, Western hung tough in the second half, shooting a blistering 7 for 14 from downtown in the second half as 6’1″ guard Nikola Farkic, quiet in the first two games of the tournament, erupted with a 4 for 5 to lead the ‘Stangs with 16 points.  Western also took care of the ball this afternoon with only 12 turnovers but could not recover from a first half during which they scored only 20 points and shot just 8 for 37.

Victoria (3-3) 70, Laval (1-5) 61… The Vikes got off to a quick start up double digits early but Rouge et Or were able to get the game back to 2 at 63-61 late however Victoria’s vaunted “d” held Laval off the scoresheet for three consecutive key possessions to secure the victory.  Down 19-8 early, Laval’s “d” helped create some easy scores to get the game back.  Still, Laval is generally struggling to score consistently without 6’1″ Vladimir Thomas and playing today without 6’2″ Nicholas Begin, the scrappy do-everything guard expect to be a rotation stalward this season.  6’7″ Alexandre Leclerc had 17 to lead the way for Laval but shot just 1 for 7 from 3 while fifth-year pg Karl Demers-Belanger added 18 but was only 3 of 12 from downtown.  Victoria again proved this weekend that their emphasis on defense and rebounding will keep them in many games this season.


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