Photo by Valerie Wutti

Rams settle for silver in Wilson Cup title game

By Luke Bellus

OTTAWA, Ont. - For the second year in a row the Ryerson Rams men’s basketball team had their OUA title hopes fall short to the Carleton Ravens in the Wilson Cup.

Ryerson and Carleton traded punches early in the opening quarter and Ryerson’s offence was powered by a strong opening 10 minutes from point guard Myles Charvis with eight of the Rams 18 points.

The Ravens had an answer for seemingly every Rams make and miss in the first and took a seven-point lead into the second quarter.

The second frame was where Carleton would create a lot of separation. After Charvis scored eight points on his own in the first the Ravens held the Rams to a season low eight points in the final quarter of the first half.

By the time the first half had ended the Ravens were enjoying a 17-point lead and it was a lead that Ryerson never got below double digits in the second half as the Ravens were just too much to handle Saturday night.

This is the fourth straight year that the Rams and Ravens have met in the Wilson Cup, with Ryerson winning the first two and Carleton winning the last two.

Both teams had guaranteed trips to the U SPORTS Final 8 National Championship with their appearance in the Wilson Cup.

Seeding is for the national championship will be released on Sunday night.

On top of these Wilson Cup meetings these two OUA powerhouses have met in the U SPORTS tournament the last two years. In 2016, it was the Ravens beating Ryerson in the finals and in 2017 the Rams ended Carleton’s season in the semifinals.

Both years the meeting at U SPORTS was the opposite outcome of the Wilson Cup result. The Rams will hope that trend continues if these two Ontario teams meet next weekend.

Ryerson’s national championship tournament will get started Friday in Halifax, with opponent and time still to be determined.


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