Accuracy woes mean no gold for McMaster

The defending national champion Carleton Ravens advanced to their sixth consecutive provincial Wilson Cup final with an 80-56 win over the McMaster Marauders in the second semifinal of the Ontario University Athletics Men’s Basketball Final Four tournament at the University of Waterloo on Friday (March 2).

Taking an early 9-0 lead over the Marauders, the Ravens held a consistent margin of about 10 points throughout the first three quarters of play, before pulling away in the final frame.

Player of the Game and the 2012 OUA East Player of the Year, Philip Scrubb of Richmond, B.C., tallied 26 points for the Ravens, connecting on eight of 15 field goal attempts, which included three three-pointers. Thomas Scrubb ranked second in Raven scoring with 12 points, while also in double-double digits were 2012 OUA East second-team all-star Elliot Thompson (11 points) and 2012 OUA East Defensive Player of the Year Cole Hobin (10 points).

In the losing effort for McMaster, Jordan Tews and 2012 OUA West first-team all-star Victor Raso led the team with 10 points apiece, and Taylor Black tallied a team-leading 10 rebounds.

McMaster struggled in getting points generally, posting a 29.9% shooting percentage (20 of 67), and completing just eight of 37 attempts (21.6%) from beyond the arc. Carleton fared somewhat better on shooting, with a 44.3% success rate (44.3%), including 13 of 27 (48.1%) from three-point territory.

Carleton has appeared in the nine of the past 11 Wilson Cup championship games, winning six of them. The Ravens boasted a perfect 22-0 record in conference play this season, topping the OUA East division, and are now 2-0 in OUA playoff action.

An energetic start of nine unanswered Carleton points in the first three minutes of play had McMaster playing catch-up for the balance of the first half. Carleton maintained a modest lead over McMaster through the entire half, entering the intermission with a 34-24 advantage. Both teams struggled with capitalizing on first-half scoring opportunities, McMaster completing 28.6% of field goal opportunities and Carleton 29.0%.

The two teams played a largely even contest for much of the third period until Carleton tallied a trio of unanswered three-pointers in the final 90 seconds of play, giving them an 18-point, 64-46 advantage going into the final intermission. Carleton continued to build its lead through the final 10 minutes of play.

Carleton advances to face the Ryerson Rams in the Wilson Cup championship game, Saturday (March 3). The game will be broadcast live on The Score Television Network.