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Ravens brought back to Earth
Mustang ballers 2-0 in nation's capital
By Jordan Bell
The school of hard knocks was in session in the nation's capital this past weekend.
In a game that featured the cream of the crop in Ontario University Athletics, the Western men's basketball team schooled the Carleton Ravens, 89-69.
The Mustangs came into the showdown ranked number two in the nation, while the Ravens followed closely behind at number three. The similarities ended there.
"They're the best team in the country and probably will [remain so] come March," Ravens head coach Dave Smart said. "They basically just kicked our butts."
The Mustangs' mastery of the court was dropped on the Ravens with a full-course load.
Passing the pill 101
Mustang point guard Jimmy Grozelle was instrumental in forging a quick offensive attack, based on intelligent ball movement and good perimeter movement.
Mustang forward Andy Kwaitkowski spends a lot of time doing hand
and wrist exercises. Ouch - that doesn't sound too good.
"Jimmy was incredibly effective. The majority of his points were out of the team system," Western head coach Craig Boydell said.
Grozelle finished the game with 22 points, hitting three of four from beyond the arc.
The entire team aided the cause, racking up 15 assists in the game. It was not unusual for every Mustang to touch the precious 'Wilson' and when the Ravens looked to exploit a weakness, it backfired.
"When they doubled [forward] Andy Kwiatkowski in the latter stages of the game, he did a great job of finding people in advantageous positions," Boydell said.
Shooting the rock 101
With intelligent ball movement comes high percentage shots. The Mustangs shot 57 per cent from the field and 67 per cent from long distance.
"They're a very good team, but we moved the ball extremely well and had balanced scoring all around. We broke them down very well," Boydell said.
Kwiatkowski finished with 17 points and nine rebounds, while centre Chris Brown added 13 points.
The black hole 101
"The Ravens are a three point shooting team. The coaching staff had a game plan to deny their three [point shots], so our defense was extremely tight out deep," Kwiatkowski said.
The Mustangs forced the Ravens into 15 turnovers, leading to 21 points. Keying the defensive scheme was forward Chedo Ndur, a stalwart on the defensive end, who held the Ravens' star forward Jafeth Maseruka to only four points on a paltry two shots.
Ndur pulled down five rebounds and tallied 18 points.
Been around the block 101
"Their fourth-year guys are extremely strong," Smart said. "The veteran leadership is what separated them from us on Saturday."
The Ravens field a talented, yet inexperienced squad while the Mustangs have two fifth-year starters and two fourth-year starters, plus guard Adam Peaker, a second-year guard who plays well beyond his years.
In other action on the weekend, the Mustangs blitzed the Ottawa Gee-Gee's 87-61, improving their regular season record to 4-0.