OUA: Rams win in OT at Ottawa in another exciting classic

Ryerson 94, Ottawa 88… The Rams took charge in overtime, scoring the first 7 points of the extra frame to win at Montpetit Hall over a free-throw-shooting challenged Gee-Gees team in another exciting OUA affair between two of the best teams in the country.  The back-and-forth affair was somewhat-marred by a questionable end-of-game call that went against the Gee-Gees when, with Ottawa up two and just seconds remaining, 6’3″ Adika Peter-McNeilly spun from about 10 feet toward the rim and 6’6″ Matt Plunkett was whistled for a block.  Peter-McNeilly, who led all scorers with 32 points including numerous takes off the dribble, made no mistake from the stripe to tie it.  On the ensuing final possession of regulation, Gee-Gees 6’4″ Brandon Robinson attacked the rim into a sea of Rams but could not finish at the buzzer, necessitating the overtime.  6’8″ Adam Voll was effective for Ryerson, protecting the rim, rebounding and scoring the first points of the OT.  5’11” Myles Charvis, who had an impressive offensive weekend shooting from distance, later knocked down a three that ultimately was the difference.  Rams again did a great job of finding match-ups and attacking the rim as 6’4″ Ammanuel Diressa, now generally regarded as the best one-on-one player in the conference, got to the rim and hit several huge threes to finish with 28 points.  Gee-Gees had their way inside against the smaller Ryerson line-up, especially when the tandem of 6’9″ Jean Pierre-Charles and 6’6″ Brody Maracle were in the game together.  Unfortunately, Ottawa shot just 10 for 29 from the free throw line including a combined 6 for 22 from Pierre-Charles and Maracle.  Pierre-Charles was just 1 for 7 from the stripe in the fourth-quarter and OT.  Ottawa played the entire final three quarters and overtime without star 6’3″ wing Caleb Agada who valiantly tried to play in the first quarter but it was apparent that his deep thigh bruise that had kept him out of the prior three games was rendering him less than effective.  Agada, Plunkett and 6’3″ Adam Presutti were among those honored on Senior’s Night with both Plunkett and Presutti making big shots down the stretch helping Ottawa to rally from a late 7 point deficit, setting up the final two controversial possessions.  Despite the loss, Gee-Gees retain #2 seed in the OUA RPI-based playoff bracket.  These teams are on a collision course for the first semi-final in the Wilson Cup in two weeks, likely to be held at the Raven’s Nest at Carleton.


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