Photo by Hung Le

Rams win big against Algoma

By Luke Bellus

TORONTO - The Ryerson Rams men’s basketball team were winners Saturday afternoon, beating the Algoma Thunderbirds 102-56.

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The win gives Ryerson their third straight win to start the season. During the three games, the Rams have outscored their opponents 301-166.

Assistant coach Borko Popic said, “We’ve shown that when we were focused and intense at the right level we can really defend, but we have to be able to consistently do that.”

The story of the first two games was also the story Saturday afternoon, get out to a strong start early and limit any risk of danger. Ryerson did just that winning the first quarter 40-8.

Now that the threat of an upset was limited Ryerson was able to experiment. Popic said, “With some injuries and guys sick we have the ability to use our depth, different lineups and guys on the floor is a luxury to have.”

For the second time this season Tanor Ngom set a career high in points. It appears as though after a solid rookie season with Ryerson that Ngom is gearing up for a larger role on this team.

The big lead at the half was all Ryerson needed and the second half was closer than the first but Ryerson still outscored Algoma 47-34 in the final 20 minutes.

Popic said, “A game like this is a chance for us to look at different lineups and give opportunities to guys who might not see minutes on a regular basis and see how they contribute."

A notable takeaway from the game had to do with someone who didn’t play for the Rams, in fact he didn’t even dress. Yusuf Ali was seen during the pregame shoot around wearing a walking boot. Popic was asked about the walking boot and suggested that the team believes it’s not a long-term injury but it’s worth keeping an eye on.

Ali is in his last year of eligibly with the Rams and he logged 21.5 minutes per game in the opening two games of the season.

Ryerson will be back in action Nov. 9 when they travel to Waterloo.

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