OTTAWA, Canada - After spending three days and four nights in Montreal, the Towson men’s basketball team took its show on the road. After a day off on Tuesday, the Tigers left Montreal to visit Ottawa on Wednesday. With an evening game scheduled against Canadian powerhouse Carleton University, players and staff boarded the bus and made the two-hour drive to Ottawa.
Ottawa is the capital of Canada, and the fourth largest city in the country. The city is located on the south bank of the Ottawa River in the eastern portion of Southern Ontario. After eating lunch, the team visited The Parliament of Canada, which is the federal legislative branch of Canada. The Tigers saw the Centennial Flame, all of the Parliament buildings and a great view that overlooked all of Ottawa.
At the conclusion of the tour, the Tigers boarded the bus once again and began preparation for their game against the Carleton Ravens.
Game No. 3 - Carleton University:
Towson took on the best college basketball team in Canada on Wednesday evening and kept it close for a half before falling to Carleton University, 67-41. Carleton has won a record nine Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS) Championships in the last 11 years. The only comparable achievement in the NCAA is when UCLA won nine titles in 10 years from 1964-1973 under legendary head coach John Wooden.
Senior guard Mike Burwell, who finished with 10 points, seven rebounds and two steals, got the Tigers off to a good start by netting the first points of the game. Towson led by as many as three in the first half but neither team could pull away. The Tigers trailed by just three (22-19) before the Ravens scored five of the final seven points of the first half to go into the intermission leading 27-21.
Towson came out cold in the second half and Carleton took advantage by taking control of the game. The Ravens shot 48.3 percent from the floor and 45.5 percent from beyond the arc in the second half while the Tigers shot 29.6 percent from the floor in the second stanza en route to scoring only 20 points.
Sophomore Four McGlynn was once again solid for the Tigers, scoring in double figures for the third straight game by netting 10 points to go along with three assists against the Ravens. Classmate Timajh Parker-Rivera had his consecutive double-double streak snapped as he finished with seven points and four rebounds.
Hearing From The Players - Timajh Parker-Rivera:
Today we visited the Parliament in Ottawa and of all the places we’ve visited, this was my favorite. I was kind of shocked that we could walk up so close. I didn’t see any guards and we were all thinking that if this was the White House, we definitely couldn’t get that close. After the tour, we played another tough team in Carleton. Just like every team we’ve played here in Canada, they were very good. They were physical, organized and skilled. They didn’t make many mistakes. The game today showed us that we have a lot to work on. We have to play more like a team, come together and be able to execute our stuff better. Although I know that I can play much better, being able to play this many minutes during the trip has been big for my confidence. This trip has been good because we have a lot of young guys getting a lot of experience, especially the chance to play against physical teams. We probably won’t see a lot of play like this in America so it will only make us that much better. Being able to see so many freshmen and sophomores on the court together can really benefit us in the long run. Obviously we wish we would have played better tonight because we hate to lose, but all-in-all we’re having a lot of team bonding. We’re together all the time so it’s great for the team. But all I’m focused on now is going out and winning tomorrow.
Hearing From Coach Skerry:
I was happy that we were able to see another part of Canada today. Ottawa’s a nice area. It’s smaller than Montreal. It actually reminded me of a fishing town. But it was beautiful and all the people were so good to us. I was obviously disappointed in the way we played against Carleton, but make no mistake about it, they are very good. They were better, more talented and more experienced than us. We defended and rebounded decently in the first half and that’s what we needed all game to give us a fighting chance. We did none of those things in the second half. We lacked a major scoring punch tonight. Our lack of scoring was consistent for 40 minutes but we just didn’t guard in the second half. We have to learn from this and realize that defense and rebounding is what will give us a chance every night if our offense isn’t where it needs to be or if you don’t have your full personnel for whatever reason. Not all of our veteran guys played the way they needed to play to give us a chance but in every game during the trip, a few new guys have played well and that’s encouraging. Four McGlynn continues to be good. He has to get more vocal and become more of a leader. He has a feel for the game and he’s going to be a good player for us. Tomorrow we need to guard more consistently and have a dominating defensive effort. If we’re going to be as good as I think we can be then I need to start seeing that. I’m looking for more consistent leadership. That’s always a key piece. One thing that I did like about tonight is that it gave our younger guys a chance to play in a college game-like atmosphere. Carlton has excellent facilities. They’re a great program and Coach Smart does a great job. There’s a reason why they’ve won 9 of the last 11 national titles. I was really impressed with the turnout for a game in August. That type of experience I think bodes well for some of our newer guys that haven’t had the chance to truly play when the lights come on and there’s a big crowd in front of them.
On Thursday, the Tigers will return to Montreal and play their final game their Canadian tour. Players and staff will also take a walking tour of historic Old Montreal in the afternoon before taking on Brookwood at 7 p.m.
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