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Huskies men bow out at semi-final after defeat to Carleton

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Sports Editor

HALIFAX — The Huskies now have the rematch they wanted in facing the University of British Columbia Thunderbirds at the CIS Final Eight — it’s just not for the right medal.

Defending national champions, the Huskies men’s basketball team bowed out of gold medal contention Saturday night at the Halifax Metro Center after falling to the Carleton Ravens 95-83.

The loss now sends the Huskies to a bronze medal bout with the UBC Thunderbirds on Sunday. The game will be a rematch of last year’s gold medal game and this year’s Canada West final as the rivalry continues to build between these two teams.

Against Carleton, however, it was mostly a one-sided affair as the Ravens sunk their talons into the Huskies early on and held on throughout the game.

The only lead the Huskies laid claim to was a three-pointer nailed by Jamelle Barrett minutes into the first quarter that gave the Dogs a 3-0 advantage. CIS player of the year Tyson Hinz quickly responded for the Ravens by nailing back-to-back three-pointers. From that point forth it was undisputedly Carleton’s game — and Hinz’s too.

The 19-year old Hinz collected 32 points en route to his team’s gold medal berth and presented an endless problem that interim head coach Barry Rawlyk and the Huskies could just not solve.

“We had a lot of trouble containing him simply because each time he got the ball there was a whistle blowing so that really became a factor. Did we expect him to be a factor? Of course — he was just named the most outstanding player in the country,” commented Rawlyk.

“Having said that, I thought our guys didn’t have much a chance to defend him the way we game planned.”

Aside from Hinz dominating the Huskies throughout the game, the Dogs found issue once again with the officiating, though the humble nature of coach Rawlyk didn’t indicate this afterwards. A total of 62 fouls were called between both teams — a staggering 31 fouls apiece. Needless to say, it was also a physical game.

“There were a lot of whistles in the game and I’m not sure which way that may or may not have tilted the game,” said the coach. “Ultimately I have to give Carleton credit. They came out, had a good game plan and as they’re well coached, they’re disciplined and they stuck to their game plan.”

Michael Lieffers was another member of the Green and White contingent who didn’t blame the outcome on the officiating.

“Reffing can go either way every game. It’s just a matter of who can play with it and who plays through it actually. We struggled tonight — and it’s hard,” said Lieffers, as he tried to hold back his emotions.

A series of missed foul shots by Barrett, Rejean Chabot and Nolan Brudehl with the seconds trickling away in the final frame didn’t help the Huskies’ cause either.

Hinz and the Ravens now advance to face Trinity Western on Sunday at 5 p.m. with a gold medal and Canadian varsity basketball supremacy on the line. The bronze medal match between Saskatchewan and UBC unfolds at 1:15 p.m.

Interview with Coach Barry Rawlyk

Interview with Michael Lieffers

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image: Nick Frost

  • John

    The Huskies did attempt to mount a comeback numerous times through out the game but were not able too due to defensive deficiencies. On the block, the Huskies big man were over matched and completely out played by nations top player. He dominated this game with ferocity and clutch needed from team captain. Anyways I wish this article focused on the areas other then reffing, such as choosing not to adjust to covering the paint to stop the inside scoring. Or not giving room to players who clearly cant shoot and all they want to is drive. Some type of adjustment was really needed and the interim coached showed well why he is interim..

    • Matty

      "John"…REALLY?? I guess you have it all figured out over a guy that took over a team that lost four starters from last year's championship team, including tournament MVP Troy Gottselig and probably the best player in the country in Showron Glover – and brought them back to being one of the top teams in the country. I can hardly wait to hear what you have to say about Scott Allen, who brought his team all the way to the National championship game, before losing by twenty-something points. I suppose he should be fired too. Something needs adjusting "John"…your head.

    • Huskie fan

      OMG 'John'- I concur with Matty's. U obviously did not watch the game vs Carelton nor followed the reg season. You are so off base it's actually humorous. Vs Carelton, the Huskies clawed their way back numerous times in the 2nd half & in fact came within 1-4 pts many times. Definitely poor FT shooting & uncharacteristically poor perimeter shooting hurt the Dogs, especially when they were knocking at the door to tie or go ahead on a off. possession. The officiating did indeed hurt the Dogs inside; it's ludicrous to think every time Hinz caught the ball inside that he was fouled by a Huskie def- yet that's how the offcials called it.

    • Huskie fan

      In addition, teams win & lose as a team & for you to call out Coach Rawlyk just shows that you obviously are unfamiliar not only with the dynamic of this team or any great team, which the Huskies proved they were this season. They had the most wining season in the history of Huskie mens bball. He took over in a nearly impossible situation, losing Gottselig, Linklater & Glover & coming off a National Championship. Rawlyk recruited Glover & this year he recruited Barrett- Jockims had nothing to do with either acquisition. Both guards have been the best players in the country. If you note what the common ingredient has been in the past 2 most succuessful Huskie seasons ever- it's Coach Rawlyk, not Jockims. Enough said.

  • Doc

    Ask TWU how covering the paint worked out for them tonight against Carleton.

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