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Rams get back on track against Ottawa

By Luke Bellus

TORONTO - Coming off their first loss of the season the Ryerson Rams men’s basketball team was back in action beating the Ottawa Gee-Gees 89-58 on Sunday.

The win is Ryerson’s first of the new year and their 11th on the season.

The message after the loss to the Carleton Ravens just 24 hours prior for assistant coach Borko Popic was simple - come back tomorrow and channel that anger towards a good performance on the court against the Gee-Gees.

And Ryerson did just that, coming out hot on both ends of the court scoring 25 points on offence and holding Ottawa to just 12 points through the opening 10 minutes of action.

“Our guys were able to learn because of last night, and we’ll continue to learn off of that.” Popic said after the 31-point win.  

The start of the second quarter was more of the first quarter and with three minutes left in the quarter a Myles Charvis layup put the Rams up 25 points.

However, the Gee-Gees ended the quarter on a 9-1 run cutting into the Rams lead.

At the half it was a 17-point Rams lead but the team wasn’t happy. Popic said, “We just kind of lost focus and let them go on a run to end the half. We let them get too comfortable.”

One thing the team could feel good about midway through the game was the scoring depth. After the opening 20 minutes Ryerson had four scorers with eight or more points. The scoring at the half was more spread out than their previous game where Charvis and Jean-Victor Mukama had to carry most of the scoring.

The halftime break was good for the Rams and they came back out and dominated the third quarter. By the time the quarter was done Ryerson’s lead was up to 30 points and they had four players in double digits for points.

The scoring depth is a good way to help the players know they have support behind them.

Jayden Frederick scored 14 points tonight, bouncing back from a poor performance against the Ravens. He said, “On a night where my shot isn’t falling, or we have guys that are tired we have guys that we know can take control of the scoring and it makes the team so much better.”

It was clear at the start of the game – their second back from the winter break - and as the game went on that Ryerson was clicking much better than their first game back just the day before.

But the team wasn’t using the break as an excuse to their different results, Frederick said. “It was a mental thing, we gave [Carleton] too much respect and by the time we picked up our game mentally it we were too far behind to make up the deficient.”

With Ryerson back in the win column they will look to stay on track when they travel to Queen’s on Friday Jan. 11.

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