Photo by Alex D'Addese

Rams treat fans to big home win on Halloween

By Luke Bellus

TORONTO - The Ryerson Rams men’s basketball team was back in action when they hit the court on Oct. 31. With a lot of scary vibes in the air the Rams were trying to avoid the scariest thing of all, a loss.

But fear not, the Rams were able to have their candy and eat it too, they beat the Guelph Gryphons 96-59.  

The Rams once again had their defence on display in the first quarter of this game, holding Guelph to just 10 points in the first 10 minutes of the game.

Through their first two games the Rams have held their opponents to a combined 17 first quarter points.

When the defence plays as well as the Rams, it’s important to take advantage by executing on the other side of the court. And for the second game in a row the Rams did just that and they led 27-10 after the first.

Ryerson has now outscored their opponents 57-17 in the opening quarter of their first two games.

The Rams struggled shooting the ball from three in the first half. At the end of the half Ryerson was shooting just 2-9 from deep well off of the 43 per cent they shot in their season opener.

Assistant coach Borko Popic said, “As long as we have confidence in our shot and they’re good shots, whether they fall or not that doesn’t dictate the rest of the game.”

When the half was said and done Ryerson only had four more baskets than the Gryphons. The Rams took advantage of the whistle and were aggressive getting to the free throw line 21 times converting on 18 of those attempts. Guelph only had eight points from the charity stripe.

At the half, the Rams led 44-27.

The Rams proceeded to score 31 points in the third quarter creating a much more comfortable lead. A big part in that comfortable lead was the two leading scores Myles Charvis and Tanor Ngom who both finished with a game high 17 points. The Rams also had three other double digit scorers.

Popic said, “It’s tough to defend when you have so many weapons that can step up; tonight it was a combined effort and that is a luxury to have.”

When asked about Ngom after the game he said, “He’s in the gym every day, taking care of his body in any way possible, and he takes care of his academics. He’s working every day and the improvements are apparent and he’s going to continue to get better.”

The end of the fourth quarter saw the Rams pull their starters thanks to the comfortable lead they had.

Ngom was one of those starters who now found himself on the bench cheering on his teammates. He said, “Those guys are my brothers, we go out together, we go to each other’s houses. We’re always together, and it’s good seeing them out there, it makes me happy, it makes the team happy because it’s us as a group. It’s a beautiful thing to see.”

The Rams will be back in action Saturday afternoon when they take on Algoma.

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