Ravens outlast Badgers
Carleton v. Brock
November 6, 2010
Carleton 92- Brock 70
by Devin Gray
Carleton: Tyson Hinz Brock: Anto Raic
Pts: 34, Reb: 7, Ast: 1, Stl: 3, Min: 32 Pts: 17, Reb: 7, Ast: 2, Stl: 0, Min: 25
Ravens Outlast Badgers
Ottawa,ON–Carleton’s look of confidence seemed to dissipate while the Brock Badgers nailed seven three-pointers in the first quarter. After Carleton opened the game with the ball and a basket from Tyson Hinz in the paint, Andrew Kraus and Michael Cruickshank began the show from distance hitting three three-pointers. Carleton played solid basketball with contributions from Hinz, Elliot Thompson and Mike Kenny, but it seemed that everything that Brock threw on net managed to find the bottom of the basket. Hinz scored two more tough baskets for the 16-15 lead, and it seemed that Brock’s long-distance luck wouldn’t last all night, but they managed to shoot another pair of threes to take a 25-20 first quarter lead.
Carleton was effective in running their game and getting into the paint, but struggled in their perimiter shooting.
Cole Hobin, Willy Manigat and Tyson Hinz chipped away at the lead, with a Manigat three taking a 30-27 lead. Brock’s Joel Whitty answered with two three pointers of his own, which had Coach Dave Smart pulling out his hair.
Smart believes his team still has plenty to work on; “we still have a lot of holes, we need to score in the post better, we need to be a little more consistent with our toughness in terms of rebounding. Our bigs need to come down and grab some more rebounds, our guards did a decent job today, but they’ve got to make better decisions.” Carleton’s starters fought hard through the first half to gain a 43-39 lead despite Brock’s eleven first-half threes.
Tyson Hinz scored 23 of his 34 points in the first half, but still believed his team had areas to improve upon, saying “there’s lots of stuff, our defense, executing on offense, just being tough and mentally prepared for the season because it’s a long season.”
The game was tied at 46 in the early minutes of the second half, when Coach Smart was asked to politely stay off of the court by the refs. Hinz continued scoring in the paint, but Cruickshank and Cedric Kasongo make key baskets. Brock’s Anto Raic also made his presence felt in the second half with 14 points after the break. The game was still up for grabs headed to the final quarter Carleton leading 64-57.
The fourth quarter began with an early run by Carleton to take a 73-59 lead and they never looked back pushing the lead to more than twenty and posting a final score that belied the close, competitive nature of the game. Kyle Smendzuik had a couple of important defensive plays for Carleton including drawing a couple charges. The dagger came when Cole Hobin increased the lead to eighteen with a three pointer, and Carleton finished their second victory of the young season with a final score of 92-70.