Sunday, November 16, 2008

CIS Corner: Ravens likely to get No. 1 spot back

Notes on our athletes/teams of interest From The 613...


Carleton, with a pair of 20-plus-point wins at home this weekend, could return to No. 1 in the CIS Top Ten since UBC No. 1 UBC was upset 76-73 by an unheralded Regina team in what Leader-Post scribe Tim Switzer called, "probably the most entertaining basketball game I have ever seen live."

It is just a number. Carleton, by its standards, is not all there yet, but it put McMaster away early with a savvy veteran performance by the law firm of Doornekamp, Turnbull, McCleery and Saunders. It easily could have been a bigger spread than 25 points (74-49). Aaron Doornekamp had 19 points and 11 rebounds; Rob Saunders (12 points, all off threes, and nine boards) was one board away from one of the stealthiest double-doubles in modern stat-keeping history.

There is a soft spot for the Ravens women's team, which after Saturday's 49-48 loss to McMaster, has lost three games by a total of nine points. (Their two wins were by a total of three.) The nature of their team seems to dictate that every game is going to be a grind.

Gee-Gees: The U of O, a fun team to watch, won both its games. A worrisome note was that Nemanja Baletic left the game vs. Lakehead after getting poked in the eye (one hopes it was just a precaution). Only five other players (presumably all five starters) scored in the 80-67 win over Lakehead.

Golden Gaels: It ended up being a split (win over Guelph, loss at Brock, which is 8-0 vs. CIS foes despite losing everything from the national championship team except Owen White and their lucky tub of garlic).

Mitch Leger had a 25-point night vs. Brock. Queen's (2-2 in the OUA) finishes out the pre-Christmas sked with a McMaster-Lakehead road trip and a Western-Windsor homestand. It would be nice to see them be 5-3 at the break.


Our own Andrew Bucholtz did a liveblog of Queen's 3-0 loss to McGill, its second to the Red guys in eight days. Here's a quick rundown of the conference standings, games played and point totals:
  1. UTQR: 22 (12)
  2. Toronto: 12 (11)
  3. Carleton: 13 (9)
  4. Ottawa 12 (11)
  5. Queen's 12 (13)
  6. Concordia 11 (11)
  7. RMC 8 (12)
  8. McGill 7 (8)
  9. Ryerson 5 (10)
Queen's is not in an enviable position since everyone else in the East has games in hand.

Carleton, in contrast, plays one of its games in hand today against McGill (3 p.m.,

That is all for now. Please visit The CIS Blog during Semi-Final Sunday.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Having seen the McMaster-Carleton men's basketball game Saturday night, a few observations...
First, I have never seen a team with a 6'8" and a 6'10" posts so ineffectual defending and attacking inside as is the Marauders.
Mac looks to me like they will be the worst team in the OUA West this year.
This is probably the worst team ever in the Joe Raso era.
Mac couldn't even crack the 50 point mark in losing big to Carleton.
This program is a long way from its glory years in the 90's when Mac was a national finalist 4 times.
And to think Mac was a Wilson Cup winner
in 2006...say it ain't so, Joe.