Heavy Lies the Crown: Ravens Reclaim title!
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Carleton: Elliot Thompson—19 points, 4 rebounds, 3 assists
Trinity Western—Jacob Doerksen 16 points, 12 rebounds
HALIFAX, NS–As this years CIS National championship slogan suggests, “The Journey Ends Here.” And what a journey it was, with the Carleton Ravens climbing back to CIS supremacy!
After a one year drought, Carleton has reclaimed the national title, bringing it back to Ottawa, Ontario in an 80-61 thrashing over the Trinity Western Spartans.
The Ravens had little resistance in the CIS championship game, trailing only in the first minute of the game, 2-0. Coach Dave Smart had his group in cruise control the rest of the way, displaying characteristic execution complimented with a flurry of three-pointers over the course of the game.
The Ravens had great support, from day one of the championship to the post game court flooding due to a rowdy red zone.
“Our fans are great fans,” said Head Coach, Dave Smart. “From the number that came from Ottawa to the fans out here.”
Although the CIS player of the year, Tyson Hinz only scored 11 point,s a day after his 32-point explosion, he found other ways to be effective as he dished out four assists.
“Basically, I just told him to calm down, it`s not rocket science…he has so many different options on how to be effective,” explained Smart.
Carleton Senior, Elliot Thompson played an integral role in winning the gold as he scored a game-high 19 points including four from deep.
The three ball was the biggest factor in the victory; the Ravens connected on 16 nehind the arch, in comparison to only three triples from Trinity Western.
“We moved the ball well and we had it going, it was great that everyone was involved in the offense,” said Hinz.
Four CU players ended up scoring in double digits whereas TWU had offensive production from Jacob Doerksen and Kyle Coston, scoring 16 and 15.
“We got all these guys back next year, starting tomorrow. It doesn`t get any easier,” stated Smart regarding 2011-2012.
You`re already preparing for next season?
“You have to be…if not, you`re a day behind.”
CONGRATULATIONS TO THE CARLETON RAVENS, CANADA’S 2010-2011 CIS CHAMPIONS!