Ravens men’s basketball team wins silver medal at Jones Cup

The Ravens men’s basketball team is fresh off the plane from Taiwan, with a silver medal at the 26th annual William Jones Cup in Taipei.

Head coach Dave Smart thought the experience was “a great opportunity for the guys, but more of a reward for the hard work in the past two years.” This was the farthest the Ravens basketball team has ever traveled for a competition.

The two-time Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS) champions were invited to represent Canada in the eight-team round-robin event held at the end of July. The last CIS team to participate in this tournament was the University of Alberta in 2002, that also took home the silver medal.

Heading into the tournament, Smart said he didn’t know what kind of competition to expect. He noted since it is an Olympic year, many of the top national players would be removed from the line-up, perhaps making way for players with slightly less experience.

“(The competition) won’t be weak,” commented Smart. “It could be very close to our level.”

And so it was. The Ravens started off a bit shaky at the tournament, losing their first two games against Korea and the gold medal winners, Chinese Taipei White. The Ravens came back with full force, however, and won their next six games straight, finishing the tournament with a 6-2 record.

2004 Carleton Ravens Final Results

Korea (88) Ravens (87)
Chinese Taipei W (82) Ravens (75)
Ravens (82) Chinese Taipei B (70)
Ravens (81) Japan (62)
Ravens (95) Germany (36)
Ravens (56) Qatar (55)
Ravens (85) Philippines (70)
Ravens (82) Australia (75)

From – http://www.now.carleton.ca/2004-08/448.htm

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