Ravens earn first ticket to U Sports men’s basketball final

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HALIFAX — The third-seeded Carlton Ravens have something to crow about — they’re the first team to reach Sunday’s final in the U Sports men’s Final 8 national basketball championship.

The Ravens, led by Connor Vreeken’s 27 points, defeated the second-seeded University of Ottawa Gee-Gees 81-75 on Saturday and will now face the winner Saturday’s late game between the STFX X-Men and Victoria Vikes.

Aiden Warnholtz scored 21 points for the Ravens and Marjok Okado chipped in with 11.

Dragan Stajic led the Gee-Gees with 16 points, while Guillaume Pepin had 14 and Cole Newton added 12.

The Ravens led 40-33 at halftime and 64-52 heading into the final quarter.

BASELINES: In consolation round games on Saturday, the UQAM Citadins beat the Winnipeg Wesmen 90-85 in double overtime, while the Queen’s Gaels dunked UPEI Panthers 93-68. UQAM will play Queen’s on Sunday in the fifth-place game. Ottawa will play the loser of Saturday’s late game in Sunday’s bronze-medal final.

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