Photo by Alex D'Addese

Rams defence tames Lions

By Andrea Elliott
TORONTO - The Ryerson Rams men's basketball team limited the visiting York Lions to just 53 points on Wednesday night, cruising to a 79-53 victory at the Mattamy Athletic Centre.


Coming off their first loss of the season, the Rams bounced back well and used a strong defensive performance to get the job done.

Manny Diressa (Toronto) and Adika Peter-McNeilly (Scarborough, Ont.) each finished with 20 points in the victory while Myles Charvis (Mississauga, Ont.) added 13 points.

The game started pretty evenly with the Rams leading just 7-6 through the first five minutes of play, but out of the media timeout the Ryerson squad tightened up their defence. York failed to score again in the first quarter and the Rams took a 13-6 advantage into the second quarter.

In the second frame the Rams were able to turn their stifling defence into offence. In particular, a nice sequence saw Keevon Small (Montreal, Que.) block a Lions shot which turned into an easy transition deuce for Diressa. That play made the score 24-9 just over three minutes into the quarter and the Rams scored with ease throughout the frame to lead 42-16 at halftime.

The Lions were able to hang with the Rams in the third quarter but a narrow 21-20 quarter score line favouring Ryerson meant York came no closer to narrowing the lead.

With the game already in hand, the Lions outscored Ryerson 17-16 in the final stanza to round out the scoring at 79-53.

The Rams forced 21 Lions turnovers while taking good care of the ball themselves, committing just nine turnovers.

Ryerson improves to 14-1 while York slips to 4-11. The Rams return to action this Friday when they host the Queen's Gaels starting at 8:00 p.m. at the Mattamy Athletic Centre.



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