#1 Carleton (10-0, 4-0) 80, #5 Brock (9-2, 4-1) 68... 6’1″ Kaza Keene had 16 points and 9 assists to lead 4 Ravens in double figures as Carleton pulled away midway through the 3rd quarter in what ended up as a comfortable win against the resilient Badgers, who generally struggled offensively as 6’5″ All-Canadian Dani Elgadi was saddled with foul trouble all night. After Brock drew to within 2 at 40-38 early in the third on the heroics of 6’5″ Johneil Simpson (see more below), Keene was instrumental in 13-2 run during the next 6 minutes when Carleton forced 5 Brock turnovers, getting easy run outs that included a two-handed slam by 6’10” freshman Eddie Ekiyor (12 points, 6 rebounds). Keene also got in the lane, drew help and fed 6’8″ Ryan Ejim for a two-handed dunk bringing the large crowd back into the game and the Ravens were never seriously threatened thereafter. Brock stayed in the game on the spectacular offensive play of their talented wing Simpson, who scored the first 8 points of the third quarter for Brock, every one created himself with high-end finishes – Ravens never really found a solid answer defensively for the long, athletic wing who, when he has it going, can get his own in bunches. While shot selection can be an issue with Simpson (1-7 from 3 last night), the streaky wing from Toronto certainly was Brock’s best creator and offensive finisher last night (17 points – 16 after halftime including 10 in the third quarter). Badgers generally guarded the ball very well and cleaned up their defensive glass well in what had been an area of concern. Ravens coach Dave Smart lamented his team’s inability to properly space the floor offensively for major stretches (Carleton was just 4 for 15 – 28% from three point land with 6’4″ Connor Wood going 3-6 for 16 points) but praised Badgers ball “d”. Elgadi was generally a non-factor in the game, picking up 2 fouls in the first few minutes of the first quarter, his third midway through the second quarter and then his fourth midway through the third, finishing with just 8 points in 15 minutes.
#3 Ottawa (10-1, 4-0) 79, #9 McMaster (11-3, 3-3) 59… 6’9″ Jean Pierre-Charles had a game-high 21 while 6’2″ Adam Presutti, playing his first game against his former team, added 17 including 4-5 3’s as the Gee-Gees romped to leads as large as 29 in defeating the Marauders. Ottawa jumped to a 13 point first quarter lead after Mac turned it over 10 times in the first 10 minutes and then later clinched the game during a 17-2 run in the third quarter that was highlighted by a pair of Presutti 3’s. 6’3″ Caleb Agada was instrumental in the win with 11 of his 17 in the second half, adding 6 rebounds and 4 assists as uOttawa remained undefeated. McMaster shot just 35% from the floor but stayed in it for the first 24 minutes or so on 11-23 shooting from deep, including a perfect 3 for 3 from 6’7″ Connor Gilmore, who led Mac with 19 points. Mac is at Carleton tonight while Ottawa hosts Brock.
In other games, Algoma (2-10, 2-6) staged a late-game rally in North York to overtake York Lions (2-8, 2-3) 76-73 as Jermaine Lyle (19 points) tied the game with a late 3 and then gave Thunderbirds the lead for good with 3 free throws… Laurier Golden Hawks (9-8, 5-3) got 29 points from 6’1″ Tevaun Kokko in a come-from-behind home win over Laurentian (3-9, 2-5). Kokko had 11 of his game-high total in the final 3 minutes of play after emerging 6’7″ forward Vlad Matovic (19 points, 18 rebounds off the bench) gave the Hawks the lead for good with just over 3 to play. Matovic is proving to be one of the most improved, impact players in the OUA this first half… 6’3″ Kalil Langston‘s three with 2 1/2 minutes remaining gave the Lakers the lead for good, capping a comeback from as many as 9 points down as Nipissing (6-10, 2-5) got an important road win over Waterloo (3-8, 1-5). 6’4″ Jordon Campbell led all scorers with 19 points and 6’8″ Justin Shaver had another dominant paint-area effort with 11 of his game-high 17 rebounds after halftime. Reserve Spainish import David Ramon Pradoes had 15 points on 4-6 threes to lead Waterloo.
In the RSEQ, 6’1″ guard Ricardo Monge knocked down the go-ahead three with 4 1/2 minutes remaining – part of 12 consecutive points down the stretch by the veteran point guard – as Concordia Stingers (9-6, 2-3) outlasted UQAM Citadins (7-6, 2-3) 72-65 at UQAM last night. Monge (21 points – 14 in the fourth quarter) also hit the dagger three with a minute and a half remaining to push the lead back to 4 after 6’1″ Charles Miller (25 points, perfect 4-4 from 3, 8-9 from the floor) had drawn the host Citadins, which got 19 points and 8 rebounds from 6’2″ lefty Greishe Clerjuste, back to within 1. Citadins coach Nate Philippe explained that his team “can’t win many games turning it over 26 times and giving up 14 offensive rebounds”. Stingers coach Rastko Popovic was pleased with the win, authored despite not having 6’4″ Ken Beaulieu (illness, expected back next week) and 6’8″ Malcolm Henderson not in the lineup: “Different guys stepped up as we were short handed. Our defense held down the stretch as we forced 26 TOs. We still need to convert better on the offensive end and get into the 80 points range.”