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Frederick shines in Rams win over Western

By Luke Bellus

TORONTO - It was yet another big win for the Ryerson Rams men’s basketball team Saturday night beating the Western Mustangs 84-46. 

Ryerson once again came out flying this game taking the first quarter 27-7. Assistant coach Borko Popic said after the game, “Bringing energy off the bat is important. Guys were engaged and ready to go right from the tip.”

With the large lead Ryerson was able to control the pace of play in the second quarter and once again blew out the Mustangs outscoring them 24-12 and took a 32-point lead into the half. 

A lead that they would easily hold on to in the second half. 

Leading the way for the Rams tonight in scoring was Jean Victor Mukama with 26 points and Myles Charvis with 18.

Jayden Frederick has seen himself inserted into the Rams starting lineup more often as the season has gone one and was good for the Rams tonight. He had 12 points was a notable presence on the defensive end. 

Popic said, “He brings a lot of different things defensively with his length and athleticism, he’s continued to get used to our system and be engaged at all times. 

Frederick spoke about the team’s depth after the game and how that helps define his role, “We have so many guys that on any given night can score 20 points so if I can lock down a guy and have that role it helps the team.”

Fredrick has learned to take more pride in his defensive game and attributed it to some of his favourite NBA players – Klay Thompson and Kawhi Leonard – “They’re great two-way players and showcase their talents on both ends of the court, I think that’s the type of player that is the most valuable to a team.” 

Frederick was with the team during their 2017-18 season but due to transfer rules was ineligible to play. However, that didn’t stop him from learning during that time. 

“I came from a place where we didn’t win a lot, so just to learn how guys act off the court and to learn habits from coach Rana. I didn’t have the right kind of mindset where I played before so that’s been the biggest takeaway so far.”

The win today wraps up the Rams home schedule for the semester. Ryerson has protected home court with a perfect 5-0 record, outscoring opponents 479-250 during that stretch. 

Popic said, “You have pride in playing in your own gym. We want to maintain that same energy and intensity on the road, but we’ve certainly been able to do that so far at home and will look to keep that up in the second half of the season.” 

Ryerson will wrap up their first semester on the road when they take on the Lakehead Thunderwolves on Nov.30. 

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