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Rams and Varsity Blues fight for city supremacy in Battle for the 6ix

By Christian Ryan

TORONTO - In the heart of Toronto, two OUA basketball powerhouses will fight for the title of the city’s best team.

Friday, the Ryerson Rams welcome the University of Toronto Varsity Blues to the Mattamy Athletic Centre for the “Battle For the 6ix”.

Coming off of a topsy turvy Gold Rush weekend that saw the Rams defeat the Ottawa Gee-Gees in an overtime thriller, only to be topped by the Carleton Ravens the following evening, the Rams are looking to the weekend’s sole matchup as a pick-me-up for hometown pride.

The game marks the second matchup between the Toronto-based rivals, with the Rams previously topping the Varsity Blues 78-69 at the Goldring Centre in November. Now, the second and final matchup affords the Rams the opportunity to prove supremacy over their hometown rivals on home turf. As both teams come off of losses, they feel the pressure of competition in the OUA East and hope to salvage points in the rivalry bout.

“The OUA East is arguably the most competitive league in the country,” assistant coach Borko Popic said. “Every game is going to be a battle, and we know that. Our focus is now on U of T.”

The game has more hometown implications, including OUA points per game leader Manny Diressa (Toronto, Ont.), who has put up a staggering 199 points in the last six games.

Alongside fellow born and raised GTA players Myles Charvis (Mississauga, Ont.) and Warsame Mohamed (Toronto, Ont.), there will be a sense of hometown pride both on the personal and team levels.

The Battle for the 6ix will take place at the Mattamy Athletic Centre Friday, February 2nd at 8:00 p.m. ET as the Ryerson Rams host the University of Toronto Varsity Blues.

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