Carleton’s men’s basketball team accomplished an unprecedented feat on Sunday afternoon at Toronto’s Mattamy Athletic Centre with an amazing 93-46 win over the University of Ottawa Gee-Gees. The victory makes the team the first in CIS history to win 11 national championships. It is the fifth consecutive title for the team, and the 11th in 13 years.
“We are all proud of our team, our coach and coaching staff,” said Carleton President Roseann O’Reilly Runte. “Our students are true scholar athletes. They are smart, strong and fine team players: true leaders!”
Philip Scrubb was named Carleton player of the game, received the Jack Donohue Trophy as championship MVP and was voted a tournament all-star.
“We started hitting a few shots and we had a lot of momentum – especially in the third quarter,” said Philip Scrubb. “If we play like that every game, especially defensively, that’s what we expect.”
Philip Scrubb had 28 points and 10 assists during the game.
Thomas Scrubb was once again terrific for the Ravens finishing with 20 points, 12 rebounds and 7 assists. He is the CIS Defensive Player of the Year.
“It definitely feels good,” noted Thomas Scrubb. “A lot of people thought Ottawa was better than us this year. It really felt good to play at our highest level today.”
Brothers Philip Scrubb and Thomas Scrubb became the fourth and fifth players in CIS men’s basketball history – and the second and third players in Carleton history – to earn five national titles. Both Scrubbs were also named CIS Final 8 All-Stars.
The Scrubbs – along with Victor Raso – are graduating in 2015, but went out on a high note as they played their last game with the Ravens.
“Our three graduating student-athletes played a significant role in the basketball team’s success over the past five years,” said Jennifer Brenning, director of athletics at Carleton. “While leading by example, Phil and Tommy have been unbelievable in their athletic performances wearing the Ravens uniform, winning much-deserved accolades and awards.”
The Ravens capped off the season with a 23-2 record in the regular season and play-offs.
“Victor provided leadership both on and off the basketball court. All three will be missed next season. We wish them much success as they complete their graduate work and pursue professional basketball careers.”
“I’m just happy for my guys,” commented head coach Dave Smart. “We came a long way from where we were in the Windsor game. Credit to them, they outplayed and they outworked.”
Windsor handed the Ravens a 74-71 loss in January, but Carleton returned the favour during the OUA playoffs in March with a 103-59 defeat.
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