Second quarter lapse dooms MBASK in loss
An undermanned Hawks squad was not able to overcome an early deficit against No. 1 Carleton

Monday, November 13, 2017 - Posted by Mac Turchan

WATERLOO, Ont. (November 13, 2017) – The Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks men`s basketball team entered Saturday night’s showdown with the U SPORTS No. 1 ranked Carleton Ravens riding a wave of momentum following the team’s biggest victory in a few years a night prior against No. 7 Ottawa. The Ravens proved that they were an even stiffer challenge than their cross-town rivals, surging into the lead with a dominant second quarter and never looking back on route to a 100-64 win at the Athletic Complex in Waterloo.

Despite Tevaun Kokko (Markham, Ont.) and Kemel Archer (Brampton, Ont.) being added to the list of absences from the lineup that already included a key name in Chuder Teny (Kitchener, Ont.), the Hawks (2-3) had plenty of the spark they showed Friday in the early going. Fueled by red-hot shooting from beyond the arch, the purple and gold jumped out to a 15-7 lead halfway through the first, capped by a Vincent Carriere (London, Ont.) triple that forced a Ravens timeout.

That shooting touch cooled off to end the quarter, allowing Carleton (4-0) to regroup and take a 22-19 lead after one. This is where things started to go awry for the Hawks, as the second quarter proved to be one-way traffic in favour of the Ravens, outscoring Laurier 31-11 in the frame.

Asked what the difference was in the second quarter, Head Coach Justin Serresse cited turnovers and mental mistakes as the downfall for the Hawks. Against an elite team like Carleton, Serresse knew that his team could not afford to play hard for only three quarters. They had to be there for all 40 minutes or else the Ravens would make them pay, which is exactly what happened.

The purple and gold righted the ship to play a competitive second half, but the damage was already done, the defending national champions not allowing the Hawks any looks in on a comeback.

The Ravens showcased the depth that makes them such a tough matchup for any team in Canada. Six players scored in double figures for Carleton, led by Yasiin Joseph’s (Ottawa, Ont.) game-high 20 points. Ali Sow (Ottawa, Ont.) had 17 to lead the Hawks.

With a top-10 win in the bank this weekend, the Hawks rest and regroup for another pair of home games next Friday and Saturday against the York Lions (2-3) and Queen’s Gaels (3-1).

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