Photo by Christian Bender

Rams beat Golden Hawks, punch ticket to OUA final

By Luke Bellus

WATERLOO, Ont. - The Ryerson Rams men’s basketball team has punched their ticket to the 2019 OUA Wilson Cup championship game and U SPORTS Final 8 tournament.

Wednesday night the Rams knocked off the Laurier Golden Hawks 99-84. This will be the fourth straight appearance for the Rams in the OUA finals and their fifth straight Final 8 tournament.

Seven minutes into the game the Rams were just 1-7 from the field and Ryerson’s offence for the second playoff game was slow to start. The slow start for the Rams brought the Laurier Golden Hawks fans in attendance to life. You could feel the electricity in the building early and the Rams had to find a way to improve on their slow start.

But like all good teams Ryerson’s defence is one of the best parts of their game, and a great defence shows up no matter where the game is. The Rams held Laurier to 17 points in the quarter and although Ryerson shot just 26.7 per cent after 10 minutes they had a four point lead.

Ryerson opened the second quarter with 7-0 run and that set the tone for the reminder of the quarter. Ryerson showed in the second quarter just how good they were and caught fire behind the arc. Ryerson outscored Laurier 33-18 and took a 19-point lead into the locker room for halftime.

Jayden Frederick led all scorers with 18 points in the first half with a very efficient 6-9 shooting, and was 4-5 on three point shots.

Ryerson’s 19 point lead at the half was met by a strong push back from the Golden Hawks in the third quarter and after the Rams landed a number of blows in the first half the third quarter was Laurier punching back.

After scoring just 35 points in the first half the Hawks matched that total in the third quarter alone while also holding Ryerson to 22 points. Going into the final 10 minutes a Rams lead that once was in the 20s was now at just six.

In the fourth Laurier threw all they had at Ryerson and every step of the way the Rams took what was coming to them and countered. The 15-point win can be a little deceiving because it wasn’t until the Rams made a few three-pointers late in the game that their lead was extended back to double digits.

An impressive note for the Rams in this game was their free throw shooting; they went 19-20 from the charity stripe.

Ryerson will play for OUA gold on Saturday, March 2nd against the winner of the other semifinal between Brock and Carleton.


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