No glory for Mac in Ottawa

The McMaster Marauders left the nation’s capital empty handed after a pair of Ontario University Athletics basketball losses.

On Saturday the Ottawa Gee-Gees were 72-61 victors while on Friday night the Carleton Ravens took an 84-70 decision.

On Saturday, the Marauders led early, 13-8 after the first quarter. Foul trouble early in the second quarter proved costly to the Gee-Gees, with McMaster getting eight opportunities at the free throw line to the Gee-Gees zero. Even without the free throws, the Gee- Gees held a slim 27-25 lead at half.

The third quarter saw the referees’ whistles blowing constantly, as both teams wracked up fouls; the Marauders added 11 personal fouls and the Gee-Gees six. But the Gee-Gees continued to expand their lead into the final minutes of the frame, leading by seven heading into the final 10 minutes.

The final quarter only sealed the deal for the Gee-Gees, with Ottawa expanding its lead to 11 to solidify the win.

Cam Michaud was the top scorer for McMaster with 21 points and six rebounds. Kenan Etale added 11 points in the loss.

Ottawa was led by Louis Gauthier and his 21 points eight rebound performance.

The Carleton Ravens extended their winning streak to seven games on Friday night.

The Ravens dominated from the get-go, playing a strong defensive game and getting their shots to drop at the other end. A three-point buzzer beater by Willy Manigat (Montreal) gave Carleton a 26-13 lead after the first. He had the hot hand for Carleton, helping his team take a sizeable 44-27 lead at the end of the second with his 10 first-half points.

Carleton continued to pull away from McMaster in the third, not letting the Marauders get anything going. The Ravens would lead by as much as 32 in the quarter, outscoring McMaster 31-18.

It was a different story in the fourth though, as McMaster didn’t give up despite facing a big deficit. They outscored the Ravens 25-9 to cut into Carleton’s lead late in the game. But it was too little, too late as the Ravens came away with the 84-70 win.

Scott Laws (Gormley), Wahidi Satar (Ancaster) and Kyle Giedraitis (Dundas) led the Marauders in points, all scoring 13.