Rams re-assert high-end ranking


Ryerson 104, York 69  Displaying an exciting exhibition of electric transition, exquisite passing and sharing of the ball and high-end, crowd-pleasing athletic finishes, Rams coasted to a dominant win over their cross-town rival Lions at MAC led by 6’3″ Adika Peter-McNeilly who had 22 points (4-8 3’s) and 5 assists.  The Rams shot 47% (18 for 38) overall from downtown and their wonderful ball movement was illustrated by 26 assists on 35 field goals overall.  Slender 6’7″ J.V. Mukama made 4 of his 5 threes and finished with 19 points while 6’5″ Aaron Best, who had a highlight-reel slam on Tuesday night at Harvard, is showing no ill-effects of his injury with 16 points.  Ryerson (9-2, 5-1) also welcomed back impact 6’9″ center Kadeem Green who did not play in the first half of the season.  Rams also dominated the offensive glass with 17 “o” boards.  This group is playing with a confident swagger offensively, pressuring the “d” by getting into the lane off the dribble and sharing the ball for open 3’s.  Last night’s effort confirmed Rams are well-deserving of a Top 5 ranking.  The Lions (5-12, 3-6) were led by 6’3″ Shane Reader who approached a somewhat-dubious quadruple double with 16 points, 8 rebounds, 10 assists and 8 turnovers.  Ryerson hosts Queen’s on Saturday night while the reeling Lions next game is hosting those same Gaels a week from Saturday afternoon at Tait MacKenzie… In other OUA games last night, Brock got 27 points and 16 rebounds from star 6’5″ forward Dani Elgadi in 91-67 victory over host Laurier, hampered by the loss of 6’7″ Luke Allin.  Elgadi had 16 points after halftime when the Badgers, cheered on by a large contigent of fans in what was a very good environment in Waterloo, took charge of the game…  6’7″ Troy Joseph led 6 Marauders in double figures with 12 points and 10 rebounds as McMaster used their strong transition game to bolt to an early double digit lead in dominating Waterloo 93-66.  Warriors took advantage to some success early of their size by featuring 6’7″ Muhammed Anwar inside and the improving post player had 10 of his team-high 14 points in the first half, but Mac’s up-tempo game created turnovers and easy run-outs as Marauders improved to 10-3 overall including 6-2 in OUA play.  These 4 teams switch partners this coming Saturday with McMaster visiting Laurier and Brock travelling to Waterloo in a pair of 3 PM ET starts.

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