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Rams have good showing against Varsity Blues

By Luke Bellus

TORONTO - Coming off a crazy weekend road trip in Ottawa it was a much quieter week for the Rams with only one game this week. Ryerson made good of the lighter work load, beating the Toronto Varsity Blues 88-69.

When these two teams met earlier it was Ryerson opening the season with 102 points and beating Toronto by 52. And the Rams were looking for the same outcome this time around.

Ryerson set the tone early in the game jumping out to a fast lead, and after the opening ten minutes Ryerson had held Toronto to under double digit points and had 26 of their own.

The Rams continued with their foot on the gas in the second quarter and by the time half time rolled around Ryerson was up 24.

The second quarter had an eventful ending for the Rams. Seven-footer Tanor Ngom was wide open behind the arc shooting – and making – his first three pointer of the season. If that wasn’t already good enough, fifth-year senior Myles Charvis one upped him to end the half when he connected on a three pointer of his own, except Charvis did so from the other side of half court.

With the Rams flying high halftime couldn’t have come at a worse time and it seemingly took the wind out of their sails. After scoring 53 points in the opening half Ryerson added just 12 points to their total in the third quarter.

Toronto, on the other hand, added 22 points cutting into the Rams lead. Although they nearly doubled the Rams on the scoreboard in the third, the lowest Ryerson's lead got was still 13 points.

Toronto got the lead to as low as 11 points at one point of the fourth quarter but no matter what they did it wasn’t enough to get the lead down to single digits and Ryerson picked up their eighth straight win in 2019.

Evan Shadkami for Toronto led the game in scoring with 22 points, he was trailed by Ryerson’s Ngom (21) and Charvis (16). Ryerson’s depth was on display in this game and they had two other scorers in double digits.

Ryerson will be back in action Feb. 8 when they take on the Nipissing Lakers in North Bay.

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