(By: Nicholas Baxter, Imani Walker & Tasala Tahir)
In the season’s home opener, both of Ryerson’s men and women basketball teams took home the victory against the Nipissing Lakers on Friday night at the Mattamy Athletic Centre.
The final scores of the game were 84-64 for the men and 73-35 for the women. As the scores show, both games were very lopsided.
The Rams started off with a 10-0 run. Nearly every player managed to get on the scoreboard. Ryerson’s 6’3” guard, Adika Peter-McNeilly, had a game-high of 18 points in 34 minutes of play. Ammanuel Diressa finished with 14 points and three rebounds.
Ryerson had a total of 29 defensive rebounds and forced Nipissing to 20 turnovers. Ryerson racked up 17 points off those 20 turnovers. Defense is something the Rams continue to focus on.
“We’ve just got to defend hard and try to be the best defensive team in the country,” said Ram’s sophomore guard, Chase Vassell, who finished the game with five points.
Vassell also credited the Rams’ 20-point victory to the faithful Ryerson fans that created a loud and energetic atmosphere at home.
Despite being outscored by the Rams’ bench by six points, the Lakers’ bench still came out strong. Nipissing took control of the glass outrebounding Ryerson 46-40. The Lakers also took advantage of second chance opportunities, but that was not enough to beat the talented Rams.
The women crushed Nipissing in this game. Nipissing did not score a point in the first half.
Not only was this a 38-point victory for the Rams, but they also led in points in the paint (50-6), fastbreak points (10-0), and points off turnovers (27-11). The Rams were always in the lead throughout the game.
Just like the men’s game, this was also a great team effort with nearly every Ram getting a bucket. Sofia Paska had the game-high of 20 points and also finished with six rebounds. Kellie Ring had a well-rounded game finishing with 15 points, six assists, and four rebounds.
Even though Ryerson dominated this game, Nipissing outscored the Rams 35-32 in the second half.
Rams’ rookie guard, Devisha Binns, may not have played, but she used this game as a learning opportunity.
“Nipissing started to score when we went into zone defense, so I think communication is definitely something we have to work on and continue building,” said Binns.
Ryerson will play Algoma at the George Leach Centre in Sault Ste. Marie, Ont. on Friday. Tipoff is at 6 p.m. for the women and 8 p.m. for the men.
All photos by Alex D’Addese