Ravens roll to OUA East hoops title

QMI Agency Staff

, Last Updated: 12:02 AM ET

The road to the national title goes through the Carleton Ravens.

The Ottawa Gee-Gees must be road warriors to join their city rivals at the CIS Final 8 men's basketball championship in two weeks. At a standing-room-only Ravens' Nest, stopper-turned-scorer Cole Hobin, with 25 points, and Kevin McCleery (20 and 11 rebounds) led No. 2 Carleton to a 78-64 win over No. 5 Ottawa in the OUA East final.

The win puts the six-time CIS champs in the driver's seat to be the No. 1 seed after top-ranked UBC fell to Saskatchewan in the Canada West semi-final the previous night.

The loss sends the Gee-Gees to Thunder Bay next weekend to play off vs. OUA West runner-up Lakehead for a berth. Ottawa won by 37 points at the Thunderdome earlier this season.

Warren Ward topped Ottawa with 20 points and OUA East MVP Josh Gibson-Bascombe added 17. Donnie Gibson added 11, including three three-pointers.

Much of Gibson-Bascombe and Ward's scoring came after Hobin and McCleery combined for 24 of Carleton's first 26 points to help stake the Ravens to a nine-point halftime lead. The Ravens, who have had trouble holding a team this season vs. the talented Gee-Gees, took the lead out to as much as 21 in the third quarter.

Ottawa made a fourth-quarter run before threes from Hobin and Mike Kenny reopened the lead.

The Ravens, who have won the past two OUA titles, host Windsor in the OUA Wilson Cup on March 13. The Lancers beat Lakehead 87-66 in its division final on Saturday.

Calgary and Saskatchewan earned the Canada West berths on Friday. UBC is likely to be a wild card after beating Simon Fraser 78-68 in a Canada West bronze-medal game on Saturday. The Atlantic and Quebec representatives will be decided next weekend.


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