Fans from Carleton and the University of Ottawa packed into TD Place this past Friday night to support their basketball teams as they faced off for the 14th annual Capital Hoops classic. 

The fans were treated to two nail biting games that saw the uOttawa’s men and women pull out narrow victories of 68-67 and 77-75 respectively. This was the first time that the University of Ottawa teams won both games.

The electric crowd cheered, booed and danced their way through both games so loudly ears were ringing later outside the arena.

The classic match-up attracted alumni, current students and young players who may one day take the court themselves. The basketball players were also supported by their families, peers and fellow athletes. The fan watching was almost as much fun as the game.

Bird Gang member and Carleton Rugby player Taylor Reid anxiously watches the women’s game from her court-side seat. She said it is important to represent female athletes. Many members of the Carleton Raven Rugby team attended, reacting loudly to every play. [Photo © Graham Swaney]
This year’s Capital Hoops attracted many eager young fans. Eight-year-old Mikayla said she wants to be a basketball player when she grows up and play for “big happy crowds.” When asked which team he likes to support, five year old Mikey yelled, “the girls!” [Photo © Scarlett Diamontopoulos]
Bird gang members, Bruce Kovac, Jon Hauth and Malcolm Nolan hype up the crowd from their front-row seat. [Photo © Scarlett Diamontopoulos]
Kevin Victome, right, a Gee-Gees football player, answered some basketball trivia during an intermission. For Victome being a Gee-Gee is much more than just being a fan, “It’s about pride, dignity and making people know that we’re the best team in the league.” [Photo © Scarlett Diamontopoulos]
Mark McAlear has attended Capital Hoops five years in a row to support his granddaughter Brooklyn, who plays point guard for the University of Ottawa. Mark has watched her play soccer and basketball throughout her time as a Gee-Gee and has a custom sweater. This game is bittersweet for Mark as it’s the last year Brooklyn will play in Capital Hoops. [Photo © Scarlett Diamontopoulos]
Mark McAlear focuses intently on the Capital Hoops men’s game. [Photo © Graham Swaney]
This Ravens fan was sporting some cool shades to go along with the dance moves. [Photo © Scarlett Diamontopoulos]
Carleton Students chant of ‘Let’s Go Ravens.’ [Photo © Graham Swaney]
University of Ottawa varsity athletes respond after their men’s team makes a crucial play. [Photo © Graham Swaney]
UOttawa fan Younes Marzouki stands up in exasperation after referees decide not to call a foul on a Carleton player. [Photo © Graham Swaney]
Carleton fans were out of their seats as the men’s teams battled for the lead in the fourth quarter. [Photo © Graham Swaney]
Gee-Gee supporters rushed the court and eagerly embraced the players to congratulate them on their thrilling 68-67 victory. [Photo © Scarlett Diamontopoulos]