Carleton overpowers Guelph

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Carleton Overpowers Guelph

November 5, 2010

 

 By Devin Gray

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Carleton: Phil Scrubb                                 Guelph: Kareem Malcolm

Pts: 22, Reb: 0, Ast: 1, Stl: 1, Min: 28        Pts: 18, Reb: 6, Ast: 1, Stl: 1, Min: 31

 Ottawa,ON–In the first game of the regular season, the Carleton Ravens put on a show coinciding with their “Carnival: Basketball Season Opener” theme. From the opening tip, Carleton put up a defensive wall that prevented any early baskets by Guelph. Although Guelph had possession early, Carleton’s defense allowed no easy looks at the basket.41605_146044858775454_6303707_n.jpg

Phil Scrubb opened the scoring in the game with a three-pointer, and guard Willy Manigat had a couple of nice baskets early including a slice through the lane and a step-back three pointer. Kareem Malcolm played well for Guelph hitting a basket while being fouled and later nailed a three pointer, but Carleton displayed a versatile and balanced attack. With scrappy team play, the Ravens were able to get everybody involved.  Cole Hobin played tough defense and came up with a steal and transition two, while Manigat, Michael Kenny and Tyson Hinz also added to the lead.

In the second quarter, Carleton displayed defensive intensity and prevented Guelph from scoring until there was only 4:22 remaining. Carleton built a lead by finishing around the basket and making effective shots, while preventing the Gryphons from getting good shots. The defensive show was highlighted by Carleton forcing a 24 second violation, and a chase-down block by Cole Hobin. Carleton forward Tyson Hinz said that Carleton’s ability to pull away was the result of “just keeping on working them, keep the pressure on them and hopefully eventually they will break if we keep rebounding and keep defending,” just as Guelph did. On the offensive end, Phil Scrubb heated up for a variety of baskets and eighteen first-half points to lead Carleton to a 48 – 24 halftime lead.

The second half continued in similar fashion, with balanced contributions from Scrubb, Hobin, Hinz, and Elliot Thompson. Tyson Hinz also grabbed a key offensive rebound that exposed Guelph’s inability to rebound and box out. Guelph finished the quarter with a pair of treys from long distance by Michel Clarke, and Michael Petrella, that were answered by a three-pointer from Willy Manigat to build a 69-41 lead.

Guelph sets up plays effectively in the final quarter, running their plays, but Carleton also practices their defense and plays twelve men. Only one Carleton player did not register any points and four players finished in double-digits. Carleton coach Dave Smart said “We’re trying to create some tempo, there’s no advantage to playing ten guys if the game is played at a slow pace, if we play at a high tempo they’re more likely to make some mistakes in transition.” Carleton looked like they wanted the ball more, and were able to ice it with free throws and easy baskets in the paint. Carleton wins by an impressive thirty-nine point margin, 90 – 51.

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