No surprises in Final Eight as Ravens take it all

Tuesday, April 7th, 2009

Ottawa players defend the basket as Western attempts to score

Shaun Ding

If last year’s Canadian Interuniversity Sport men’s basketball championship was described as ‘a tournament of upsets,’ this year’s Final eight could be summed up as ‘perfectly predictable.’

To kick start tournament action on Saturday, the second seeded Calgary Dinos defeated the seventh seeded Concordia Stingers, 76-67. Calgary’s Ross Bekkering scooped Player of the Game honours for the Dinos with a 26-point, 15-rebound performance.

The third seeded University of British Columbia Thunderbirds and sixth seeded Dalhousie Tigers were matched up next. Much to the dismay of an energetic crowd of Tigers supporters, the T-Birds trampled the Tigers, 78-54.

Our fourth seeded Western Mustangs tested their magic against the fifth seeded Ottawa Gee-Gees for the third game of the day. The ’Stangs outworked, outplayed and outscored the Gee-Gees, 75-48 to advance to semi-final play.

The fourth game of the day was a lopsided Carleton Ravens’ victory over the St. Francis Xavier X-Men. The game was no contest from the onset, as the top seeded Ravens easily defeated the eighth seed X-Men, 94-57.

In Saturday’s consolation play, Concordia earned the right to one more game, defeating Dalhousie 72-61.

The Gee-Gees topped the X-Men, 85-63, to advance to Sunday’s consolation final.

In a battle of Canada West division foes, the T-Birds avenged their provincial upset and ended Calgary’s run for the national title, defeating the Dinos by a narrow score of 79-74 to advance to Sunday’s final.

Coming down to the final second of action, Carleton guard Stuart Turnbull hit a buzzer-beating shot to give the Raves a 66-65 victory over Western, earning the team a chance to reclaim the national title after last year’s semi-final upset.

Sunday’s consolation final saw Ottawa overtake Concordia, 83-76.

In a tournament that saw everything unfold as expected, it was no surprise as the Ravens conquered the T-Birds 87-77 to win their sixth national title in seven years.

Over 8,000 fans were on hand to watch the hometown heroes at Scotiabank Place.

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