Rams remain perfect at home
TORONTO - Following an opening half where he was held pointless, Ryerson’s Ammanuel Diressa (Toronto) picked up 16 points in the last twenty minutes to propel the Rams to a 70-59 victory over the Queen’s Gaels in OUA men’s basketball action at the Mattamy Athletic Centre Friday night.
Juwon Grannum (Mississauga, Ont.) added 13 points while Keevon Small finished with 11. Myles Charvis (Mississauga, Ont.) and Adika Peter-McNeilly (Scarborough, Ont.) each collected 10.
Queen’s Tanner Graham finished with 13 points and 14 rebounds while teammate Sukhoreet Singh also had 13 points in the losing effort.
The Gaels came out hot and had Ryerson on their heels early. A few big shots by Singh and Sammy Ayisi put Queen’s up 21-19 after the first quarter.
In the second, the offence dried right up. Neither team seemed to be able to get anything to go in what was a grimy ten minutes of basketball. Although the two sides combined for just 12 points in the quarter, the Rams went to the locker room up 27-25.
Tied at 40 with less than three minutes remaining in the third, a beautiful play by Diressa and Keevon Small (Montreal, Que.) got the large home crowd back into the game. A nice steal by Diressa resulted in a two-on-one situation for him and Small back the other way. Diressa drove towards the hoop from the right side, dished a behind-the-back pass to Small and the first year forward slammed it home to put Ryerson up two points.
They didn’t look back from there. A huge three pointer with seconds remaining in the quarter by Diressa made it 51-45 for Ryerson after 30 minutes of action and gave the Rams the momentum that they needed. They extended their advantage early in the fourth and went on to the eleven point victory.
The win boosts Ryerson’s record to 9-0 at home and 15-1 overall this season. Queen’s, meanwhile, extends their losing streak to eight and falls to 6-9.
The Rams return to Coca-Cola Court next Friday when they host the Toronto Varsity Blues (10-5) in a battle of the top two teams in the OUA East division. Game time is 8:00 p.m.