Rams with convincing win over Laurentian
TORONTO – A solid team effort guided the No. 5 ranked Ryerson Rams men’s basketball team to a convincing 81-55 victory over the Laurentian Voyageurs on Friday night at the Mattamy Athletic Centre.
Kadeem Green (Markham, Ont.) had a game-high 17 points in 23 minutes and Jahmal Jones (Mississauga, Ont.) added 14 in 23 minutes to help guide the Rams to victory while several bench players contributed late in the game.
Ryerson built a quick 9-0 lead to start the game and it looked like the Rams might run away with this one early, but OUA leading scorer Alex Ratte (Ottawa, Ont.) helped bring the Voyageurs back into contention. After one quarter the Rams held an 18-13 advantage.
Midway through the second quarter Ratte buried back-to-back three pointers to give the Voyageurs a 30-26 advantage but their lead didn’t last long as the Rams responded with a 9-0 run and led 40-33 at the half.
Ryerson blew the game open in the third as they got off to a 15-0 run and led 55-33 with 5:45 to go in the frame. By the end of the quarter the Rams led 65-43 and both teams started to empty their benches and give their young guys some extra minutes.
Freshman Nabil Ibrahim (Richmond Hill, Ont.) had a highlight reel dunk in the fourth quarter after guard Andy Agyepong (Toronto) shook loose from his defender which gave the Rams a 73-45 advantage. Ibrahim finished with a career-high seven points while Agyepong had four points and three assists in 13 minutes.
Veteran Jahmal Jones spoke after the game about how important the minutes the bench played tonight to take some of the load off the starters.
“We were just trying to have fun and let the young guys play. When they’re on the court they have fun and we love to watch them play,” he said with a laugh.
Adam Voll (Kitchener, Ont.) also finished the game strong for Ryerson, picking up a transition dunk of his own and collecting a career-high nine rebounds to help the Rams close the game out for the 81-55 win.
“It was nice to see us get a couple of guys back; we’ve been pretty banged up and hurt so that’s encouraging. We have to go back and see them again in Sudbury and that’s never easy so (it was a) good win,” commented head coach Roy Rana following the game.
Both Jordon Gauthier (Windsor, Ont.) and Adika Peter-McNeilly (Scarborough, Ont.) returned to the lineup on Friday. Gauthier couldn’t find his scoring touch but picked up seven rebounds in his return while Peter-McNeilly netted seven points and added three rebounds.
Ratte finished with a team-high 13 points in the loss despite sitting for much of the second half. Ryan Bennett (Toronto) neared a double-double with nine points and nine rebounds.
The Rams improve to 12-3 on the year and remain in third place in the OUA east while Laurentian falls to 10-5 on the season.
Ryerson returns to the court on Saturday night when they host the Algoma Thunderbirds at 8:00 p.m.