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Rams capture RUNIT title

By Sports Information

Tournament All-Stars:
Bjorn Michaelsen (Ryerson)

Jahmal Jones (Ryerson)
Christian Trottier (Laval)
Boris Hadzimuratovic (Laval)
L.J. Sutton (Walsh)

Alex Hill (Toronto)


Game 12: Laval 84 v. Ryerson 87 (championship game)
A balanced attack lifted the Ryerson Rams to an 87-84 victory over the Laval Rouge et Or in the title game of the 2011 Ryerson University National Invitational Tournament (RUNIT). The tournament championship is Ryerson's first since 1999 and its second in the 19 years the event has taken place (formerly called the Ed DeArmon Memorial Tournament). The Rams led 40-36 at the break before taking over in the third quarter by outscoring Laval 34-17. However, the Rouge et Or did not go away, returning the favour in the fourth by winning the quarter 31-13. Laval had the ball with eight seconds remaining but were unable to tie the contest. Six Rams scored in double-digits including Jordon Gauthier with a game-high 20 points. Jahmal Jones added 15 points and a game-high seven rebounds. Thibaud Dezutter led Laval with 19 points, while Christian Trottier added 18 points for the Rouge et Or, who had five players in double-digits.

Game 11: Toronto 82 v. Walsh 96
Five players scored in double-digits as the Walsh Cavaliers claimed third place at the RUNIT with a 96-82 win over the Toronto Varsity Blues. Walsh's Ron Kinney led all players with a game-high 25 points, while L.J. Sutton had 18 points and a game-high seven rebounds. The Cavaliers led by five at the break before outscoring the Blues 50-41 in the second half. Toronto had four players in double-digit scoring, including Alex Hill with a team-high 18 points.

Game 10: Waterloo 71 v. Sheridan 89
The Sheridan Bruins finished the RUNIT with a 2-1 record after closing out the tournament with an 89-71 win over the Waterloo Warriors. The Bruins led by three points after the third quarter before outscoring the Warriors 27-12 in the fourth. Khalud Abdel was 8-for-13 with a game-high 26 points for Sheridan, while Derek McDonald finished with 17 points and six rebounds. Zach Angelini led the Warriors with 16 points, while Troy Stevenson and Srdjan Pejicic each had 11 points.

Game 9: Guelph 93 v. Memorial 72
Daniel McCarthy scored a game-high 29 points to lead the Guelph Gryphons to a 93-72 win over the Memorial Seahawks. McCarthy was 9-for-16 from the floor, including 4-for-6 from behind the arc and 7-for-8 from the foul line. The Gryphons shot 60.8 percent for the game and outscored the Seahawks 41-6 in the opening quarter. Jason Sheppard led Memorial with 19 points, while Mike Helsby added 16 points.


Game 8: Ryerson 75 v. Walsh 71
Bjorn Michalsen tallied a double-double, recording 19 points and 11 boards, while Jordon Gauthier put up a game-high 22 points as the Ryerson Rams tallied an upset victory over Walsh, defeating the Cavaliers 75-71 to earn a berth in the finals tomorrow night against Laval.  Jahmal Jones had 20 points and seven assists for the Rams, while Ryan Vanderhorst dropped 18 points in a losing cause for Walsh.  The host Rams came back from a first-half deficit and outscored the Calaliers in both the third and fourth quarters to record the win.  The RUNIT finals will feature the host Rams against Laval, while the Cavaliers will play Toronto in the 3rd/4th place match-up. 

Game 7: Laval 85 v. Toronto 79
Boris Hadzimuratovic recorded a double-double, including 25 points and 11 rebounds to send the Laval Rouge- et-Or into the RUNIT finals with an 85-79 victory over the Toronto Varsity Blues on Thursday night.  Hadzimuratovic was lights out from the field, draining 11-of-13 buckets while teammate Christian Trottier chipped in 15 points for Laval.  Andrew Wasik recorded a tournament-high 15 rebounds to go along with a team-high 21 points for the Blues, who fall in the tournament semi-finals for the second year in a row.  After a slow start in the opening quarter, the Rouge-et-Or dominated the middle periods of the match, outscoring Toronto 48-27.  Laval will play either the host Ryerson or defending champion Walsh in the finals tomorrow evening.  Toronto will play the loser in the bronze medal match.

Game 6: Guelph 71 v. Sheridan 79
Khalud Abdel tallied 26 points and nine rebounds ot lead the OCAA's Sheridan Bruins to a 79-71 victory over the Guelph Gryphons on Thursday afternoon at Kerr Hall Gym.  Derek McDonald added 23 points and eight boards for a Sheridan squad that shot just under 40.0% from the field throughout the match, compared to 42.4% from the Gryphons.  However, Sheridan put up 15 second-chance points and outrebounded their OUA counterparts 36-28 to earn the victory.  Sheridan will take on Waterloo at 1:30 p.m. tomorrow while the Gryphons will do battle with Memorial at 11:30 a.m. 

Game 5: Waterloo 74 v. Memorial 78
Jason Sheppard tallied a team-high 20 points, while Mike Helsby added 17 to go along with eight rebounds, and the Memorial Seahawks tallied their first victory at the RUNIT with a 78-74 triumph over the Waterloo Warriors on Thursday. Cam McIntyre recorded a current tournament-high 29 points, including seven three-pointers, while shooting over 50% from the field in a losing cause for Waterloo. A tightly-contested affair had both team notched at 67-67 midway through the final quarter. However, a 6-0 streak by the Seahawks gave them a slight cushion, and some key free throws with just seconds left on the clock was enough to hand the Warriors their second-straight defeat. Memorial will wrap-up their tournament against the Guelph Gryphons tomorrow at 11:30 a.m., while the Warriors will close against Sheridan at 1:30 p.m.


Game 4: Walsh 87 v. Guelph 66
Kenny Kornowski led the way with 24 points and nine rebounds, both game-highs, and the defending RUNIT champion Walsh Cavaliers advanced to the semi-finals with an 87-66 win over the Guelph Gryphons in the final game of the tournament's first day.  Ron Kinney also pulled down nine boards and tallied 14 points for a Walsh team that shot 55.7% from the field.  The Gryphons kept pace with the Cavaliers throughout the first two quarters, and a three- pointer from Daniel McCarthy brought them within six going into the half-time break.  However, Guelph would manage just nine points in the third quarter, and were outscored by 14 points in the period.  Walsh cruised from there to victory, and will take the court against the host Ryerson Rams in the semi-finals at 8:00 p.m. tomorrow evening.  Daniel Thompson recorded a team-high 17 points in the loss for the Gryphons, who will play Sheridan on the consolation side of the bracket.

Game 3: Ryerson 101 v. Sheridan 79
Fifth-year veteran Luke Staniscia recorded a double-double, including a game-high 20 points and 11 rebounds, while Jahmal Jones and Bjorn Michaelsen chipped in 18 each, and the Ryerson Rams rolled over the OCAA's Sheridan Bruins 101-79 on Wednesday evening to advance to the RUNIT semi-finals.  The Rams shot a potent 55.1% from the floor, and were a perfect 8-for-8 from beyond the arc in the victory.  The tournament hosts also dominated the Bruins on the glass, pulling down 44 rebounds compared to 27 by Sheridan.  Ryerson used an 11-0 run at the end of the first quarter to take a double-digit lead and another streak late in the opening half gave them a commanding advantage at the break.  Khalud Abdel led Sheridan with 20 points, while Alan Anderson and Michael Sellridge added 16 and 14 respectively in the loss.  Seeing his first action since a pre-season injury in October put him out for the first half of the regular season, Michaelsen went 8-of-12 from the field while just missing out on a double-double, tallying nine rebounds to go along with his 18 points in 32 minutes of court-time.  Ryerson will play either the winner of the Guelph- Walsh match at 8:00 p.m. tomorrow, while the loser will take on the Bruins in the consolation round.

Game 2: Toronto 67 v. Memorial 59
Sharp-shooter Alex Hill was flawless from beyond the arc, nailing six three-pointers in as many attempts and tallying a game-high 25 points as the Toronto Varsity Blues qualified for the semi-finals of the RUNIT with a 67-59 win over the Memorial Seahawks.  Sean Nickel added 11 points and nine rebounds for Toronto, while Drazen Glisic chipped in 12 points and six boards.  Mike Helsby led the Seahawks with 18 points, while Justin Alliman recorded the tournament's first double-double, tallying 13 points and 11 rebounds.  After falling behind by as many as 11 in the opening quarter, the Blues exploded for a 13-1 run at the end of the second period to take a four-point lead into half-time.  Toronto then orchestrated a similar run in the latter part of the fourth quarter to clinch a berth in the semi-finals for the second-straight year.  Toronto will take on Laval in the semi-finals on Thursday at 6:00 p.m. while Memorial will play Waterloo in the consolation side of the bracket earlier in the day.

Game 1: Laval 80 v. Waterloo 69
Xavier Baribeau recorded a game-high 20 points to lead the Laval Rouge-et-Or to a tournament-opening victory over Waterloo, defeating the Warriors 80-69 at the Ryerson University National Invitational Tournament on Wednesday afternoon.  Thibaud Dezutter added 17 as Laval had four players reach double-digits, while Cam McIntyre had a team-high 15 points in a losing cause for Waterloo.  Leading by 11 points at half-time, the Rouge-et-Or expanded the advantage to 23 heading into the final period en route to the win.  Laval will take on the winner of the following match featuring Toronto and Memorial, while the Warriors will play the loser in the consolation round

Full Schedule
Wednesday, December 28
Game 1: 12:00 p.m. Laval 80 vs. Waterloo 69
Game 2: 2:00 p.m. Toronto 67 vs. Memorial 59
Game 3: 6:00 p.m. Ryerson 101 vs. Sheridan 79
Game 4: 8:00 p.m. Walsh 87 vs. Guelph 66

Thursday, December 29
Game 5: 12:00 p.m. Waterloo 74 vs. Memorial 78
Game 6: 2:00 p.m. Sheridan 79 vs. Guelph 71
Game 7: 6:00 p.m. Laval 85 vs. Toronto 79
Game 8: 8:00 p.m. Ryerson 75 vs. Walsh 71

Friday, December 30
Game 9: 11:30 a.m. Memorial 72 vs. Guelph 93
Game 10: 1:30 p.m. Waterloo 71 vs. Sheridan 89
Game 11: 4:00 p.m. Toronto 82 vs. Walsh 96 - 3rd/4th place match
Game 12: 6:00 p.m. Laval 84 vs. Ryerson 87 - Championship match

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