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Saturday, Mar. 24, 2018
Laurentian sent packing by Carleton - again
by Randy Pascal

It is the Laurentian Voyageurs men's basketball team's version of Groundhog Day - The Movie. Each and every year, in recent past, the Voyageurs survive a home playoff game, only to run smack dab into the team by which all other CIS squads are measured.

For the third straight year, Laurentian would fall to the Carleton Ravens in OUA East Divison semi-final play, this time by a final count of 111-77. In fact, the closest the Voyageurs have come to the powerful Ravens would be the 20-point setback (95-75) suffered one year ago.

Going for the three-peat against L.U., the Ravens wasted little time establishing their dominance, leading 33-20 after the opening quarter and 60-35 at the half. The best quarter for Laurentian was easily the third, holding Carleton even at 23-23 through ten minutes of play.

As is usually the case, the #1 ranked CIS team benefitting from a variety of scoring sources, with Tyson Hinz (27), Philip Scrubb (16), Kevin Churchill (15), Connor Wood (14), Clinton Springer-Williams (13) and Thomas Scrubb (12) all hitting double digits.

Coming alive nicely in the post-season, Tychon Carter-Newman again led the offense for the blue and gold, netting 23 points, followed by Ryan Bennett (17), Josh Budd (15) and Alex Ratte (11).

The lack of size on the inside again hurt Laurentian, out-rebounded 42-25, though the Voyageurs stayed close both from three-point land (8 vs 11 for Carleton) as well as the free throw line (15 vs 18 for Carleton).

Playing in his first game in over a month, Nelson Yengue was limited to just 11 minutes, valiently trying to work his way back early from injury. The contest marked the end of the line for Budd, a native of Timmins who came over to Laurentian after initially playing at Ryerson and then subsequently suiting up at Cambrian before finishing out with the Voyageurs.

With a record of 12-10 this year, coach Shawn Swords and company improved slightly from their past two campaigns, posting records of 11-9 in 2012-2013 and 11-11 in 2011-2012.

The remaining OUA East semi-final matchup would see the Ottawa Gee Gees slip past the Ryerson Rams 79-78. The final four meet up this weekend at the Mattamy Centre in Toronto, with Carleton facing the Windsor Lancers at 6:00 p.m. Friday, while Ottawa and the McMaster Marauders tip off at 8:00 p.m.

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