Veteran trio leads Rams over Gaels
TORONTO – In just his second game this season, Kadeem Green was back in fine form, posting a line of 16 points, three rebounds and two blocks. He also was the player to finally stop Gaels centre Ryall Stroud, who had scored eight straight before Green re-entered the game in the third quarter.
“It feels great, seeing as this is my second game back, it’s great to match up against someone with a similar game to myself who can push me defensively and offensively,” said Green on the matchup with Stroud.
Stroud paced Queen's, with a team-high 25 points as well as five rebounds, three assists and two blocks. Senior guard Sukhpreet Singh added 24 points and three assists as well.
Aaron Best was the leading scorer for the Rams scoring a game high 28 points and grabbing seven rebounds.
“I’m just trying to let the game come to me, feel it out a little bit. Just get a feel for how the defence is going to play me and go from there,” said Best on the scoring burst in just his second start back from injury.
The first half was a very even yet sloppy affair, where both teams tried feeling each other out from the opening tip. After the first quarter the score was 25-24 in favour of the Gaels, and the second quarter was much of the same until an Adika Peter-McNeilly 75 foot buzzer beater gave the Rams a 43-39 advantage going into the break. Peter-McNeilly finished with 18 points, 12 assists and 5 rebounds.
“We had to do our work a little bit earlier in the post, I think that guys were getting deep seals on us, one dribble layups. Just work it a little earlier, bump them at the free throw line before they get to the block and we made a little adjustment, we tried to double the post off the bounce and it seemed to work,” said head coach Patrick Tatham on halftime adjustments the team made to limit the Queen's big men in the post.
To sway momentum in the third quarter the Rams put on their full court press, which led to a 14-0 run and the team never looked back from there, cruising through the remainder of the third and the fourth to the eventual 16 point victory.
“We have a lot of athletes and horses, and it works to our advantage to speed teams up, we just have to do it without fouling. There have been times where we’ve been doing it with some fouling and it hasn’t been as effective. We have so many athletes, why not speed up the game,” said Tatham on the press that has been the key to the Rams success in their past two games.The Rams move to 6-1 and retain first place in the OUA East with the victory, and will set their sights on next weekend’s massive doubleheader against Ottawa and Carleton at Coca-Cola Court.