Carleton Ravens Defeat Windsor & Continue to Roll, Tyson Hinz Leads with 23
NPH Top Performers
Tyson Hinz – Pts: 23 (5-7 3FG), Reb: 4, Ast: 2, Stl: 2, Min: 28
Phillip Scrubb – Pts: 14, Reb: 4, Ast: 8, Min: 29
Lien Phillip – Pts: 19, Reb: 11, Ast:4, Min: 36
OTTAWA,ON- For the second straight night the Carleton Ravens defended their home floor, en route to a 95-66 victory over the Windsor Lancers.
It was a team effort says Kevin Churchill; “It takes five guys on the court, if we’re outmatched individually then as a team we have to come even harder. It takes five guys to rebound, five guys to run.”
This team-first mentality helped the Ravens overcome a relative lack of size against the Lancers 6’8″ centre Lien Phillip. Tyson Hinz said “They rebound the ball very well. [Lien] Phillip’s a great rebounder and so are their other guys, they rebound hard, so we knew coming into it that we’d have to rebound and keep their guys off the glass.”
The game began with Rotimi Osuntola Jr, and Phil Scrubb trading three-pointers, while Tyson Hinz and Lien Phillip worked against each other in the post. The Mustangs’ Josh Collins tied the score at 10 with a three-pointer, but Carleton started to pull away after that.
After a couple of offensive rebounds, Hinz found Phil Scrubb in the corner for three points, and on the next possession Tyson hit a three-pointer of his own. After the first frame, Carleton led by seven, 24-17.
The Ravens were able to get easy baskets down low from Kevin Churchill, who was consistently open when the Lancers were switching in the zone defense. Carleton recognized this and exploited it, and Churchill finished with 14 points on 7-for-8 shooting.
Both Lien Phillip and Josh Collins hit three-pointers near the end of the second quarter, and as a team the Lancers shot well from behind the arc in the first half going 6-10 yet they trailed at the break 47-35.
Tyson Hinz’s 17 first-half points led the way for the Ravens, and speaking with NPH after the game Hinz said “I think we shot the ball fairly well, which you can’t always rely on. You can’t rely on shooting every game because it doesn’t always go like that, some games you just can’t hit, so you’ve got to work on other things.”
Fortunately for the Ravens, this was one of those games where hot shooting made it easier to do all the little things. The Ravens shot 56.5% for the game, while the Lancers shot just 41.1%.
This high percentage was evidence of the Ravens’ team mentality. Ravens head coach Dave Smart said “I think they’re distributing the ball, they’re sharing the basketball and they’re trusting each other on offence and I think that’s a positive. Defensively, we’re playing hard but making a lot of mistakes too.”
The Ravens offense shone in the third quarter when the team spaced the floor and found open players who were knocking down their shots. Smart added “we’re at our best when we get out in transition, and get something out of it, over the course of forty minutes we can wear teams out playing nine or ten guys.”
Phil Scrubb, Tyson Hinz and Elliot Thompson contributed to a 15-2 Ravens run in the third quarter when it seemed like everything was dropping for the Ravens. The lone highlight in the quarter for the Lancers was a breakaway jam by Jahmal McQueen, and headed into the final quarter the Ravens led 75-51.
In the final frame, the Carleton bench put in some solid work. Thomas Scrubb penetrated for two, and hit a three, and Guillame Boucard drew a charge that brought his whole team to its feet. Dan Penner hit a three-pointer, and Justin Shaver logged some minutes in the post and helped seal the win.
This Ravens team will take their 4-0 record into Guelph next Friday, November 25 and hope to improve all season long.
The Lancers hope to regroup and will play their next game Friday, November 25 at Ryerson.