The Coca-Cola Court on the second floor of the Mattamy Athletic Centre was sold out for a rare 4:00 PM Saturday game, where the Ryerson Rams (10-1) fell 76-69 to their rivals, the Carleton Ravens (12-0).
Both the Rams and Ravens went undefeated for the first half of the 2018-19 season, which led to this highly anticipated matchup. The two teams last met up in Halifax during the Final 8 tournament in the semi-final round, where the Rams ended the Ravens’ seven-time finals appearance and win streak. Fair to say they wanted their revenge, and they did just that from the moment Ravens guard Marcus Anderson hit a three in the first possession of the game to make a statement. The team then went on a 12-0 run.
Ryerson managed to trim the Ravens’ lead to six with about eight minutes left in the second quarter, but Carleton wouldn’t have any of that as they finished the half on an 18-6 run that gave them the 44-26 lead.
The 18-point deficit was the largest halftime gap that the Rams have had to deal with this season. It was a physical fight on all ends of the floor.
With 5:13 left in the fourth quarter, Rams guard Yusuf Ali knocked down a mid-range jumper to cut the deficit to 66-62. It was the closest Ryerson would get all game, and for a moment they were back in the game. But then the Ravens guard Yasiin Joseph made sure they wouldn’t get any closer, draining a three the next possession. The Ravens shot 33.3% from beyond the arc, while the Rams had a hard time connecting, hitting just a low 13.6%.
Joseph finished with 20 points, and Eddie Ekiyor scored a team high 23 points and grabbed 7 rebounds and blocking 3 shots.
The Ravens grabbed 11 more defensive rebounds than the Rams did, which hurt them in the long run as the Ravens capitalized in transition.
Myles Charvis and JV Mukama led the way for the Rams, combining for 43 points.
On Sunday, the Rams bounced back and got their first win in 2019, dominating the Ottawa Gee-Gees (9-3) 89-58. The Ravens surprisingly got past the University of Toronto Varsity Blue’s by 2, 70-68, to finish the weekend.
The Rams and the Ravens meet up again in 20 days, but this time at the Ravens Nest in Ottawa. The game is at 8PM EST on January 26th, and can be streamed on oua.tv.