By Brian Decker and Rob Pettapiece
WATERLOO, Ont. — Cole Hobin made sure his final OUA game was one to remember.
Hobin scored 17 points on 6 of 12 shooting while locking down Ryerson guard Jahmal Jones on defence and the Carleton Ravens beat the Ryerson Rams 82-39 at Waterloo Saturday night to take home their seventh OUA championship in 10 years.
Ryerson shot just 1 of 12 in a decisive third quarter, scored only eight in the fourth and barely matched Phil Scrubb's 11 points in the opening frame.
Ravens coach Dave Smart praised the 6’6” Hobin’s defensive efforts. “We can’t necessarily lock down the other team’s best player, but it makes it tough on them and when it’s tough on the best player it changes their offence.”
Carleton shot an effective 70.6% to Ryerson's 8.3% in that important third quarter. If it wasn't one of the best quarters played in recent CIS basketball history, it was certainly one of the most dominant.
“I think we did some really good things in the third quarter,” said Smart. “We stayed in our stances, we recovered hard and we helped with a purpose.”
His counterpart, Rams bench boss Roy Rana, didn’t disagree. “Once they open up a lead it’s very, very difficult. We came a little unravelled,” he said. “You have to execute for 40 minutes if you want to play at a high level nationally.”
Hobin, for his part, was of course happy to grab an OUA championship in his last year in CIS, but as is often the case with Smart’s teams, the real goal is a national championship.
“It definitely feels good to win it. It’s good for the team and for our focus for next weekend. But it’s definitely all about next weekend right now. We’ve been focused on that for a very long time.”
Five of the other six teams joining Carleton and Ryerson at the Final 8 next week are UFV, Alberta, Concordia, St. F-X, and Acadia. The battle for the wildcard spot appears to be between Lakehead and Saskatchewan.
(It was a day for lopsided OUA finals: the Windsor women lost 89-40 to Ottawa, and no, that's not a misprint.)