Huskies Knock Off Reigning CIS Champion Ravens; Finish Non-conference Tournament Undefeated

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VICTORIA, B.C. – It was East meets West as the No. 1-ranked Carleton Ravens were put to the ultimate test in Game 4 of the Guy Vetrie Memorial Tournament, Oct. 4 in Victoria. Canada West heavyweights Saskatchewan gave the five-time defending CIS champions quite the game as the Huskies held the Ravens off right to the dying seconds to win 82-80.

Saskatchewan was led in scoring by an impressive performance from Evan Ostertag who put up 23 points but more notably the senior was 14-for-16 from the line. Chan De Ciman added 13 points, while Shawn Lathan and Jauquin Bennett-Bore each had 11. Mack burns led the team defensively with eight rebounds.

Carleton had an outstanding offensive performance from fourth year Guiallaume Payen Boucard who finished with 27 points, while Connor Wood had four three pointers and 20 points. Kaza Kajami-Keane had 11 points, while Ryan Ejim had 12 points and seven rebounds.

Carleton got off to an early scoring run thanks to the scoring efforts of Payen Boucard. The six-foot-five Raven put up 12 of the Raven's 22 first-quarter points, while the Huskies tried to stay on par scoring 16 of their own. The teams were even through the opening minutes but the Ravens went on an 11-point tear highlighted by a Payen Boucard and Anderson three. Saskatchewan's Bennett-Boire cut the lead by nailing a distance shot for the Huskies who trailed 22-16 entering the second quarter.

Saskatchewan did well to keep up with the athletic Ravens as Ostertag started to show his five-year experience. The six-foot-one guard gave the Huskies seven perfect points from the line including when he was fouled on a three-point play. Those three buckets gave the Huskies a 35-34 advantage mid-way through the second. Wood retaliated with a seemingly unpressured three-pointer to Carleton back in front and the fourth year hit again to extend the Raven's lead by seven. Saskatchewan's Jonathan Karwacki came off the bench to respond to Wood. The fourth-year guard's perimeter shot got the Huskies back to within four, trailing 44-40 by half time.

After out-scoring the Ravens in the second quarter, the Saskatchewan Huskies came out to do just that once more in the third, this time 18-16. It was an exciting quarter as although the Ravens continued to push forward the Huskies found ways to keep up. Wood hit his fifth three near the start of the quarter to lift Carleton 47-42. Ostertag made another two from the line to get within one, Huskies trailing 49-48, while Bennet-Boire followed up with a jumper to get the Huskies in front by one. Ostertag hit from distance to extend Saskatchewan's lead by four, up 53-49, but Carleton found strides to come back to lead 60-58 entering the final stretch.

In the fourth quarter Payen Boucard hit back-to-back buckets to get the Ravens further ahead but Saskatchewan's Joseph Barker added four free throws to get the teams tied 68-68. De Ciman hit a huge three with 3:51 left on the clock and this put the Huskies up 71-70. Payen Boucard, as he did all game, tore the other way for a bucket and foul to push the Ravens back in front. The team's continued to yo-yo as Ostertag tied the game at 72 with two more free throws. Saskatchewan's Lathan went end-to-end to add another lay-up giving the Canada West runners-up a 74-72 edge.

Wood and Ostertag again traded lay-ups as the teams battled it out in the final two minutes with the Huskies up 76-74. Bennett-Boire hit a daggering three with 1:46 left on the clock to lift Saskatchewan 79-74. Wood hit another jumper to get the Ravens within one, trailing 79-78, 26 seconds left on the clock and the Huskies with possession. With Saskatchewan in bonus, the Ravens fouled Ostertag, who added two from the line to give the Huskies a three-point lead. Kajami-Keane made good on the next possession putting in a jumper with six seconds left and the Ravens then trailed 81-80.

The Ravens fouled again and the Huskies were able to add an extra point from the line, but ultimately came away with a huge victory, 82-80, over the reigning national champions, the Carleton Ravens.

SCORING BY QUARTER

CARL: 22-22-16-20 : 80

SASK: 16-24-18-24 : 82

SCORING LEADERS

CARL: Guillaume Payen Boucard (27), Connor Wood (20), Ryan Ejim (12)

SASK: Evan Ostertag (23), Chan De Ciman (13)

Guy Vetrie Memorial Tournament 2015
October 2 – Fraser Valley 82, Saskatchewan 91
October 2 – Victoria 47, Carleton 80
October 3 – Fraser Valley 67, Carleton 71
October 3 – Victoria 72, Saskatchewan 95
October 4 – Saskatchewan 82, Carleton 80
October 4 – Victoria vs. Fraser Valley (2:00 p.m. Pacific)