THE CANADIAN PRESS
HALIFAX — Brothers Philip and Thomas Scrubb of Richmond, B.C., combined for 34 points to power the Carleton Ravens offence as the defending national champions defeated the Fraser Valley Cascades 83-65 in a CIS men’s basketball semifinal Saturday night.
Guard Philip Scrubb had 18 points and forward Thomas Scrubb scored 16 for the top-ranked Ravens. Willy Manigat of Ottawa added 15 points as Carleton remained undefeated this season.
The victory puts Carleton in position to win the school’s eighth national title since 2003. The Ravens will play the winner of Saturday’s other semifinal between the No. 2 Alberta Golden Bears and the No. 6 St. Francis Xavier X-Men.
Joel Friesen of Abbotsford, B.C., had 13 points to lead the Cascades and Kyle Grewal of Surrey, B.C., contributed 11 points.
No. 5 Fraser Valley will play for the bronze medal against either Alberta or St. FX.
The Cascades tested the tournament favourites, keeping the score close through almost three quarters before the Ravens pulled away.
Both teams shot under 37 per cent in the first half as they struggled to find their offensive rhythm. Cole Hobin paced the Carleton defence with four steals and two blocks in the opening half to help the Ravens take a 31-27 lead into the intermission.
“The defence kept us in the game,” said Carleton coach Dave Smart. “We did a decent job defensively in keeping them off balance and gave ourselves a chance to stay in the game when we were struggling offensively.”
Carleton dominated Fraser Valley in the final stages of the third quarter, increasing the margin to 16 points.
The No. 7 Ryerson Rams and No. 8 Acadia Axemen each earned berths in Sunday’s consolation final with victories earlier on Saturday.
Bjorn Michaelsen scored 25 points to lead the Rams past the third-seeded Concordia Stingers 84-80. It was Ryerson’s first-ever win at the championship.
In the other consolation semifinal, Acadia forward Owen Klassen had 27 points and 15 rebounds as the Axemen defeated the Lakehead Thunderwolves 84-75.