Photo by Christian Bender

Rams hit the road looking to start new streak

By Luke Bellus

TORONTO - The No. 2 ranked Ryerson Rams men’s basketball team hits the road this weekend looking to start up another winning streak.

The Rams went 1-1 last weekend bouncing back nicely on Jan. 6, taking down the No. 7 Ottawa Gee-Gees after Ryerson was handed their first loss of the season from the hands of the No. 1 Carleton Ravens. Ryerson sits at 11-1, two points behind the 12-0 Ravens.

The loss to the Ravens wasn’t met with panic from the team, and the players understood that they had to continue with coach Rana’s game plan and know the results would continue to show in future games.

Ryerson’s ability to not hang their heads and pick up a much needed win the following day shows that this team is capable of winning even when things aren’t always going their way.

They will look to build off of the Ottawa result this Friday night when they travel to play the Queen’s Gaels. Queen’s comes into the game 8-4 and this Ryerson game marks the start of an 11-game stretch that will see them play the top three teams in the OUA East a combined six times.

To this date Queen’s is 0-3 when facing a team with a win percentage better than .500 this season.

The following day Ryerson will take on the York Lions, in a matchup that Ryerson has owned over recent years.

Since the 2011-12 season the Rams have beaten the Lions 15 straight times and will be looking for the 16th on Saturday.

One Ryerson player who once tried to put an end to that streak was Jayden Frederick. Frederick was a Lion for two seasons from 2015-17 but after transferring to Ryerson – and having to sit out the 2017-18 season due to transfer rules – he will get his first chance at taking on his former school and keeping Ryerson's winning ways against the Lions in this battle.

Frederick has been a key addition to this Rams team and has fit the system nicely.

For Ryerson, the story of the season has been their high-powered offence and an evenly important high-powered defence. Ryerson’s depth and length on the defensive end has been too much for teams to handle.

Ryerson will be in action Friday night in Kingston and Saturday night in North York with both games starting at 8:00 p.m. You can follow us on Twitter for all of the updates.

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