Ravens men’s basketball team captures second straight CIS championship

They went the entire season undefeated, and were the reigning national champions – but the trophy still didn’t come that easy.

The Ravens fought for the national title the entire weekend of March 18-22 in Halifax, winning each do-or-die game, including the gold medal match, by four points or less.

The nail biting started on Friday, when the Ravens won a close call against the University of New Brunswick 77-75. The two-point trend continued on Saturday, when the Ravens beat the University of Calgary 69-67, earning a spot in the gold medal game Sunday against St. Francis Xavier University.

With less than one minute of play remaining in the final game, the Ravens and the X-Men were tied 59-59, but the Ravens came back to earn a four point-lead, and the national title.

This year was the final year for two star players, forwards Josh Poirier and Paul Larmand. Finishing off with back-to-back wins certainly eases the exit.

“It’s an ideal way to go out,” says Larmand. “It feels amazing. It’s a great bunch of guys. I’m so proud of everyone…I hope they are there again next year.”

And despite losing Larmand and Poirier, coach Dave Smart is optimistic about the chances of a “three-peat.”

“The same thing was said last year,” says Smart, in reference to watching key players graduate. “We’ve got a lot of talent coming back.”

More so, it demonstrates what the sport pundits have said all season about the Ravens – they really are a solid team of all-stars.

From – http://www.now.carleton.ca/2004-04/317.htm

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