Photo by Greg Mason

Rams knock off Ravens, repeat as OUA champions

By Andrea Elliott
OTTAWA - The Ryerson Rams men's basketball team is officially back-to-back OUA champions after defeating the No. 1 seeded Carleton Ravens on their home court, 86-79 in the Wilson Cup final on Saturday night.


Rams all-star guard Ammanuel Diressa was named the Porter Airlines Player of the Game after pouring in 24 points, all in the second half, and adding seven rebounds, five assists, and three steals. 

Adika Peter-McNeilly led all scorers with 29 points and added 12 rebounds for the double-double.

The Rams led for much of the game, including 21-17 and 38-34 advantages after the first quarter and at halftime, respectively, but ultimately needed to come back from a five point deficit with 6:20 to play in the fourth. From that point on, Ryerson outscored the previously unbeaten and No. 1 ranked Ravens 25-13 to emerge with the seven point victory.

Trailing by five, Diressa and Peter-McNeilly combined for nine straight points, including a Peter-McNeilly steal and slam dunk which was converted for a three-point play, to lift the Rams to a 70-66 lead with 4:10 remaining. Ryerson never relinquished that lead.

"I told them to just keep going, stick to the game plan," said Rams head coach Roy Rana. "It's more about that, more about execution and all about motivation."

Down the stretch Myles Charvis contributed some big buckets including a dagger of a three pointer with 1:35 remaining to put the Rams up eight. He then added a pair of free throws to give the Rams an 82-74 lead with 30 seconds to go and from there the celebration was on.

One of the big reasons for their success on Saturday was the Rams shooting from three point range. Ryerson finished 14-for-36 (38.9%) compared to Carleton's 9-for-29 (31.0%) clip.

Fourth year forward Adam Voll also had a big night protecting the rim for the Rams as he posted five blocks, six rebounds, and six points.

Carleton's Connor Wood finished with a team-high 25 points in the loss.

The Rams will return to the U SPORTS national championship for the third straight year. Competition gets under way on Thursday, March 9 from Halifax. The seeding and schedule for the tournament will be announced Sunday evening.



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