The scene prior to the biggest game thus far in the 2017-18 OUA basketball season could have included some foreshadowing.
Brock University celebrated the 10-year anniversary of its 2008 National championship in men’s basketball. Although that’s the last time the Badgers have made the U Sports Final 8 tournament, the 2017-18 roster is the most talented Brock team since 2008.
Saturday night featured the number one and number two ranked teams in the country: Carleton Ravens versus Brock Badgers. The storyline of two undefeated teams was lost the night prior when the Badgers lost to the Ottawa Gee-Gees, nonetheless, all of Canada had their eyes on the Ravens and Badgers.
When asked prior to the game if he and the team were ready, head coach of the Badgers Charles Kissi said, “as long as we are ready in March”.
This game versus the Ravens showed the Badgers are almost ready to compete at the highest level. The Ravens went on to win 80-75, but not before an extra five minutes.
“We ran out of steam and made mental errors,” said Kissi about the overtime.
The Ravens now improve to 10-0 to conclude the 2017 portion of the season, while the Badgers fall to 9-2 following a two-loss weekend.
“They’ve had an incredible run with an incredible coach, but they’re human,” Kissi said about the dynasty Ravens. “They put their pants on one leg at a time like everyone else.”
Ravens were led by Yasiin Joseph, who scored 17-points. Munis Tutu and Cam Smythe both finished with double-digits with 14 and 12 points, respectively.
Cassidy Ryan was lights out early for the Badgers, scoring 17 of his 20 points in the first half. Dani Elgadi added a double-double with 16 points and 16 rebounds. Daniel Cayer added 11 and Johneil Simpson struggled shooting two of 14 for 10 points.
With the Holiday break, Kissi says his team will use everyday to get better with the end goal still being a OUA Championship and trip to the U Sports Final 8.
The Ravens women’s team also improved to 10-0 on the season with a 60-41 win over the Badgers. It was another dominating win for the Ravens, who have won every game by 13 points or more.
Catherine Traer scored 15 points to lead the Ravens, and Heather Lindsay added a double-double with 10 points and 15 rebounds.
Brock didn’t have a single player hit double digits, but Kristin Gallant came close with nine points.
The Badgers are now 4-7 on the season.
Both Brock women’s and men’s basketball will be back in action on January 6 when they travel to McMaster.