Men’s basketball Lions surprise No. 1 Carleton

A new champion will be crowned in Ontario University Athletics men’s basketball after the visiting York Lions upset the top-ranked – and three-time defending national champion – Carleton Ravens, 82-74, in the OUA East Final March 4.

York Lions' Tut RuachWith the victory, the Lions snapped a 10-game losing streak versus the Ravens that dates back to Nov. 22, 2002. York’s last victory over Carleton was a 77-75 win in the OUA East Final on March 3, 2002. The Lions, who have won 11 of their last 12 games, advance to the OUA Wilson Cup Championship March 11, where they will host the winner of the OUA West Final between McMaster and Laurier.

The Lions had already earned a berth in the Canadian Interuniversity Sport “Final 10” national championship in Halifax, March 16-19.

Left: Lions’ Tut Ruach looks to pass in Saturday’s victory over Carleton

Ticket prices for Saturday’s OUA Wilson Cup Championship Final at York (March 11, 8pm) are $5 for adults, $3 for all students/seniors, children 12 and under are free. To order tickets or for more information, contact Sport York communications and promotions officer Kimberly Moser at or ext. 55982.

The women’s basketball team lost, 58-47, to McMaster in the OUA Championship on Saturday but still have a shot at the national title. The Lions will open the 2006 CIS National Championship on Friday against the UBC Thunderbirds in Fredericton, NB.

CIS Women’s Basketball Championship Seeding

  1. Saskatchewan Huskies (Canada West champions / 17-3 regular season, 4-1 playoffs)
  2. UBC Thunderbirds (CW finalists / 17-3 regular season, 5-1 playoffs)
  3. Simon Fraser Clan (CW bronze medalists / 19-1 regular season, 3-3 playoffs)
  4. Cape Breton Capers (AUS champions / 16-4 regular season, 2-0 playoffs)
  5. Laval Rouge et Or (QSSF champions / 14-2 regular season, 2-0 playoffs)
  6. McMaster Marauders (OUA champions / 17-5 regular season, 3-0 playoffs)
  7. York Lions (OUA finalists / 19-3 regular season, 2-1 playoffs)
  8. UNB Varsity Reds (AUS semi-finalists & Host / 12-8 regular season, 0-1 playoffs)

Friday, March 10

  • 1pm Quarter-final #1: No. 6 McMaster vs. No. 3 Simon Fraser
  • 3pm Quarter-final #2: No. 7 York vs. No. 2 UBC
  • 6pm Quarter-final #3: No. 8 UNB vs. No. 1 Saskatchewan
  • 8pm Quarter-final #4: No. 5 Laval vs. No. 4 Cape Breton

Saturday, March 11

  • 1pm Consolation #1
  • 3pm Consolation #2
  • 6pm Semi-final #1
  • 8pm Semi-final #2

Sunday, March 12

  • 3pm 5th place
  • 5pm Bronze medal
  • 7:30pm Championship final

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The Lions track and field teams will compete at the CIS Championships this weekend in Saskatoon. Medal favourites include sprinter Anthony Garber, who captured gold in the 60 metre dash with a time of 6.83 and also added silver as a member of the York men’s 4×200 metre relay team at the OUA Championship.

Marlon Nangle is the defending national champion in the triple jump. He is ranked number one in the CIS but had to settle for bronze at the OUA Championships after being hampered by an achilles injury.

On the women’s side, Kaitlin Coopman won silver in the 600 metre run with a time of 1:33.89 at the OUA Championships. She is ranked fourth in the CIS.

This article was submitted to YFile by Jim McLarty, sport & recreation information officer in York’s School of Kinesiology and Health Science.