Cold shooting, glass hurts Gee-Gees in Capital Hoops loss


#1 Carleton 74, #3 Ottawa 61… 6’1″ fifth-year senior Kaza Keene had 17 points while 6’5″ defensive specialist Mitch Wood added 11 as the Ravens used a 12-2 third-quarter run to break to a double digit lead, cruising the rest of the way to sweep the season series against the Gee-Gees in front of an electric, high-atmosphere crowd of 10,033 at the Canadian Tire Center at the 2017 Capital Hoops Classic.  Ottawa continued their season-long strategy of switching big/little ball screens and Keene, especially at key moments, broke down Gee-Gees forwards off the dribble getting to the rim and other times finding Mitch Wood & company for inside looks.  The younger Wood, who has battled a hip pointer injury earlier this season, had his most productive offensive game in this series, finishing inside at the end of teammates penetration dribbles and even knocking down an open right-corner three late in the second quarter.  6’5″ McMaster transfer Joe Rocca had six of his 8 points during the big run that gave Carleton a 12 point lead which Ravens later extended to as many as 18.  6’4″ Brandon Robinson, inserted into the Gee-Gees starting lineup by coach James Derouin last weekend, provided much of the offense for Ottawa, scoring all 17 of his points – including 3 3’s – in the first 22 minutes of the game but Gee-Gees could muster only 38 points in the first 30 minutes of the affair.  Unlike the first game between the two rivals at Montpetit Hall when lock-down Carleton “d” limited Ottawa to less than a full handful of open perimeter looks when it was still a game, Gee-Gees shooters had much better looks last night but hurt themselves going just 11-41 from three point land including just 7 of their first 34 – 4 of their last 7 makes from 3 came late after falling behind by 18.  As well, unlike the first game when Ottawa had numerous second and third chances on the offensive glass, Carleton, except for one second-quarter flurry, cleaned things up, ordinarily getting “one and dones” as Carleton won the battle on the glass 48-29.  Gee-Gees fifth-year combination of 6’6″ Matt Plunkett and 6’3″ Caleb Agada combined to shoot 2 for 17 from three-point land and 6’8″ Jean Pierre-Charles had all 8 his points after halftime.  The game again featured some controversy none too common between these two bitter rivals as late in the third quarter Carleton’s 6’7″ Ryan Ejim (9 points, 11 rebounds) attacked the rim and was fouled hard by Gee-Gees 6’2″ guard Adam Presutti.  Initially, one official call a regular foul but, after the referees huddled, the call was changed to an intentional as both coaches provided animated responses.  Expect the hostilities, which are a charming feature of this great rivalry, to continue should the two teams meet again at the Wilson Cup and/or U-Sport Final 8 in Halifax.  Last night was another outstanding environment for a game that tried to but didn’t necessarily live up entirely to the great crowd and event presentation.

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