See part 1 here and Peter's tournament preview for Postmedia here.
- Shutdown defenders rarely get the press, but without them few teams can win a championship.
Thursday night Lakehead's Greg Carter was honoured as the best defender in the country at the CIS awards banquet. His coach Scott Morrison didn't mince words when discussing Carter's importance to the fourth-seeded Thunderwolves.
"In theory he's the most important part of the team, if you want to consider defence the most important part of our game," Morrison said. "He's a leader of ours. He sets the tone by trying to contain the other team's best player. When he's at his best he creates opportunities for us on offence by forcing turnovers."
- Phil Scrubb had a busy year and Ravens coach Dave Smart said that was one reason why he won the Mike Moser Memorial Trophy as player of the year.
In addition to helping the Carleton Ravens go undefeated in OUA play this year, he was part of the Canadian team at the FIBA under-19 worlds in Latvia in July and donned the Maple Leaf at the Pan Am Games in Mexico in October.
"I just think a lot of (Scrubb's improvement this year) was playing on the U19 national team at the worlds, then at the Pan Am playing against pros," Smart said. "I think all those experiences helped, plus we spent a lot of time talking about what he has to do to change his body and what he has to do to make better decisions.
"I think he's worked pretty hard at that. He's a good kid, he's a smart kid, he's a humble kid. He's very easy to coach.