Capital Hoops Classic draws record attendance

Drawing record crowds, the Capital Hoops Classic was held on January 23 at Scotiabank Place. The face-off between long-time rivals University of Ottawa Gee-Gees and Carleton Ravens, saw the Gee-Gees taking home the victory with a final score of 64-62.

The close game was watched by 9,720 fans—a Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS) record—the majority of the crowd sporting Carleton red.

The scoring got off to a slow start, each point a closely-matched battle between the Gee-Gees and the Ravens.

The top Carleton scorers were Aaron Doornekamp and Osvaldo Jeanty with 14 points a piece. Gee-Gee Jermain Gibson-Bascombe scored the game-winning shot for uOttawa. Gibson-Bascombe was also the top scorer for the Gee-Gees with 22 points in this game.

On the heels of the Hoops Classic, the Carleton University Ravens Men’s Basketball team went on to lose to the York University Lions 95-81 on January 27.

Osvaldo Jeanty was the top scorer for Carleton with 30 points and Tut Ruach had 26 for York. This loss brings Carleton’s record to 15-2.

This last home game in the regular season for the Men’s team, the Carleton Raven’s honoured two graduating players, Osvaldo Jeanty and Shawn McCleery.

“The York game and the Capital Hoops Classic were close and the team fought hard. We are on the road to recovery after some injuries this season, said Coach Dave Smart. ‘We all see Capital Hoops Classic as a step toward the playoffs. We’ve a solid line up to take us all the way.”

For more information, see the Carleton Raven’s schedule. The Men’s OUA East playoff schedule begins Wednesday, February 21, 2007.

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