Sunday, January 18, 2009

CIS Corner: Gaels lose Leger

Notes on our athletes/teams of interest from The 613... including a significant injury for the parquet edition of the Queen's Golden Gaels.

  • Golden Gaels — The news about Mitch Leger's knee injury seems pretty discouraging for Queen's. The Gaels' go-to scorer went out in the first quarter Friday night and, as Mike Koreen reported, the team is bracing itself for the loss of the best player to wear the Tricolour since Derek Richardson in the late '90s.

    The third weekend in January seems cursed for Mitch. As a frosh in 2007, he hit a buzzer-beater to beat Ottawa and ended up in the hospital hours later with stomach pains. One wishes him all the best in coming back from the injury.

  • Ravens — It almost makes sense to lead with Carleton women's team. There is more suspense about their results these days. The Ravens beat Laurentian (63-51) and York (64-31), remaining a half-game ahead of Toronto and one ahead of Ottawa in the crowded OUA East. Fun factoid: On Saturday, Ravens guard Kelly Killoran scored 12 points, all on three-pointers, for the third game in a row. Someone call Elias Sports Bureau.

    Carleton has a very favourable remaining schedule. The Capital Hoops Classic game vs. Ottawa and Toronto are their two toughest matchups, followed by their two games left vs. Queen's.

    An early-season loss to Ryerson back in November might ultimately cost Toronto the division.

    Only two more games to the Capital Hoops Classic (and coach Dave Smart will be on The Team 1200 tomorrow at 10:45 a.m. Eastern to talk some hoops.
  • Gee-Gees — Warren Ward had a big night Saturday vs. Laurentian, when the Gee-Gees won 83-64. The fact it was only a one-point game at half might not be such a big deal. Playing at York one night and hauling up to Sudbury is never easy in the winter, especially when they were delayed due to the women's game going three overtimes.

    The women's hoops Gee-Gees' triple-overtime win over York was the longest game in team history. They pulled it off.

When you factor in games in hand, Carleton (11-8-2) and Ottawa (8-8-4) are in the Nos. 5 and 6 playoff seeds in the eastern half of the OUA.

Coach Fred Parker's Ravens play Concordia and McGill twice each over their last seven games, along with one each vs. the Gee-Gees and against No. 2-ranked Trois-Rivieres. Carleton will earn whatever spot they end up with.

The Gee-Gees' eight remaining games include two at Trois-Rivieres, two vs. McGill and one each vs. the Ravens, Concordia and Toronto. It's a slightly better sked, especially once they get back to full health.

Incidentally, Queen's, with 34 goals in 21 games, could be threatening all established marks for goal-scoring futility.

Gaels basketball star suffers knee injury; Season in jeopardy for Kingston-born Leger (Mike Koreen, Kingston Whig-Standard)

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