Ryerson and Lakehead named co-champions of RUNIT

By Andrea Elliott
JV Mukama (8) dunks for two of his 14 points in Ryerson's win over Laval.
JV Mukama (8) dunks for two of his 14 points in Ryerson's win over Laval.
Photo by Winston Chow

TORONTO – Following three days of action, the host Ryerson Rams and the Lakehead Thunderwolves were named co-champions of the Ryerson University National Invitational Tournament (RUNIT) after each posting perfect 3-0 records.

The host Rams have now won three straight RUNIT titles and have an unblemished 9-0 record over that span.

This year Ryerson defeated the Sheridan Bruins 106-44 on day one, the UQAM Citadins 81-40 on day two, and closed out the tournament with another convincing win, a 94-45 decision over the Laval Rouge et Or.

Five of the six competing teams found the win column over the past three days. Full results are below.

Following the conclusion of action, Ryerson’s Adika Peter-McNeilly was named the tournament most valuable player while five players were named tournament all-stars.

Tournament MVP
Adika Peter-McNeilly – Ryerson (3 GP, 39 points, 19 rebounds, 9 assists, 1 steal)

Tournament All-Stars
Bjorn Michaelsen – Ryerson (3 GP, 31 points, 19 rebounds, 6 assists, 3 steals)
Henry Tan – Lakehead (3 GP, 52 points, 15 rebounds, 8 assists, 5 steals)
Hugues Ryan – Laval (3 GP, 45 points, 14 rebounds, 3 assists, 10 steals)
Daniel Elgadi – Brock (3 GP, 50 points, 49 rebounds, 4 assists, 3 steasl)
Alexandre Bernard – UQAM (3 GP, 45 points, 19 rebounds, 5 assists, 5 steals)

Tournament Results
Saturday, December 28
Game 1: Brock 64 vs. Laval 72 (boxscore)
Game 2: Ryerson 106 vs. Sheridan 44 (boxscore)
Game 3: Lakehead 85  vs. UQAM 70 (boxscore)

Sunday, December 29
Game 4: Brock 71 vs. Sheridan 79 (boxscore)
Game 5: Ryerson 81 vs. UQAM 40 (boxscore)
Game 6: Lakehead 69 vs. Laval 64 (boxscore)

Monday, December 30
Game 7: Lakehead 83 vs. Sheridan 67 (boxscore)
Game 8: Ryerson 94 vs. Laval 45 (boxscore)
Game 9: Brock 76 vs. UQAM 71 (boxscore)

PREVIEW
TORONTO – The Ryerson Rams men’s basketball team will play host to five other institutions this December at the annual Ryerson University National Invitational Tournament (RUNIT) held at the Mattamy Athletic Centre from December 28-30.

This year’s field will consist of Ryerson’s fellow OUA competitors in the Brock Badgers and Lakehead Thunderwolves, two schools from the RSEQ conference in the UQAM Citadins and Laval Rouge et Or, and the Sheridan Bruins from the Ontario college circuit.

This year’s format will not see a champion crowned, but instead showcase nine games between the six competing schools over the three days of competition.

Ryerson enters the holiday break with an 8-1 record which puts them in a tie for second place in the OUA east division standings and the Rams currently hold onto the No. 4 ranking in the CIS top ten polls. Jahmal Jones has led the charge for the Rams and he sits fifth in OUA scoring with 18.8 points per game. Jones isn’t just scoring, either, as he sits second in the league with 47 total assists and 5.2 assists per game.

Also averaging double figures for the Rams are Aaron Best with 11.6 points per game and Kadeem Green with 10.3 points per game. Green also leads the club in rebounding with 7.8 rebounds per game which ranks him sixth in the OUA.

After spending several years at the top of the OUA west standings, the Lakehead Thunderwolves have had a tough start to their season and have fallen down to the middle of the pack with a 3-7 record through ten games. A young squad, the Thunderwolves are still looking to fit all their pieces together but so far a trio of players have grabbed the reigns of the offence. Henry Tan (12.7 points per game), Anthony McIntosh (12.3 points per game) and Dwayne Harvey (12.2 points per game) are all averaging double figures for Lakehead.

The Brock Badgers have also stumbled out of the gates to start the season, posting a 2-8 record through the fall portion of the schedule. Despite the record the Badgers are still tied for fifth place in the OUA west. Like their fellow OUA tournament participants, Brock also has three players in double digits through the first half of the season. Dani Elgadi and Tshing Kasamba are in a battle for the team lead with 14.8 and 14.3 points per game, respectively, while Brandon John has posted 12.0 points per game so far.

The Universite du Quebec a Montreal (UQAM) Citadins boast two of the RSEQ’s top five scorers but have just a 1-3 record through four games to show for it. Alexandre Bernard leads the league with 16.0 points per game while teammate Philippe Tamba sits tied for fourth with 12.3 points per game. Richard Addai is also averaging double digits with 11.3 points per game. Despite having three players averaging double figures the Citadins as a team are scoring just 60.2 points per game, a league worst.

The Citadins and host Rams met earlier in 2013 in preseason action where Ryerson came away with an 88-70 victory.

Like the Citadins, the Laval Rouge et Or come into the tournament with a 1-3 record in RSEQ conference play. Hugues Ryan leads the offence with 12.8 points per game. Ryan also leads the league in three pointers made and in field goal percentage. The Rouge et Or have three other players averaging double digits including Thibaud Dezutter with 12.0 points per game and Karl Demers-Belanger and Boris Hadzimuratovic with 10.0 points per game each.

Last year’s OCAA champions, the Sheridan Bruins enter the tournament with an 8-1 record this season and are ranked No. 1 amongst Canadian colleges. The Bruins boast a high-flying and balanced offence that averages 93.7 points per game and has five players averaging double figures. Sheridan also dominates on the glass, securing 52.9 rebounds per game to rank first in the OCAA. Trevor Williams has led the Bruins in scoring so far with 15.7 points per game while Paul Williams averages near double-double numbers with 10.0 points and 9.4 rebounds per game.

The exhibition action kicks off on Saturday, December 28 at 12:00 p.m. with Brock taking on Laval while Ryerson’s first game goes at 2:00 p.m. against Sheridan.

 

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