In a game similar to the preceding women’s match, the Guelph Gryphons hung with the Ryerson Rams for about half the game before watching the Rams pull away to an 82-57 victory in OUA men’s basketball play Wednesday night at the Guelph Gryphons Athletic Centre.
“We gave up five O boards and nine turnovers in the third quarter when we’re down 11,” Gryphon coach Chris O’Rourke said. “We make a few shots, we could easily be down six, seven, eight at the half instead of 11. We just didn’t make some key answers when we had to and then they’re obviously a very long and athletic and very good team and in the third quarter the difference becomes nine turnovers and five O boards.”
The Rams led 23-18 at the end of the first quarter, 40-29 at halftime thanks to a 13-4 run midway through the half and 68-40 after the third quarter. Ryerson went on a 17-4 run during the middle stages of the third quarter to be all but assured of the victory.
Ryerson is a taller squad than the Gryphs. While Guelph has four players listed on its roster as being 6-foot-6 or taller, Ryerson has seven including seven-foot-two centre Tanor Ngom from Senegal.
“Their length is a factor, especially defensively and offensively putting pressure on the ball,” O’Rourke said. “They made us pay for it.”
The Gryphs never led in the game and the latest they were tied was just shy of the game’s two-minute mark when Ryerson’s Chase Vassell hit a jump shot to put the Rams up 4-2.
Ryerson shot 49 percent on field goals and 26 percent on three-pointers while the Gryphs were 37 and 21 percent respectively. The hosts did shoot better from the free-throw line as they hit 63 percent, 10 percent better than the Rams who had seven more free throws.
The Gryphs also turned the ball over 19 times and those turnovers led to 24 points for the Rams who also had 11 more second-chance points than the Gryphs. Second-chance points come when you grab the ball on a rebound under the opponent’s basket and sink a shot.
Jordan Sobot came off the bench to lead the Gryphs with 12 points while Daniel Dooley had 11 and Rasheed Weekes had six. Andrew Grant grabbed nine rebounds.
Ryerson had six players hit double figures in scoring: Keevon Small with 21, Myles Charvis with 15, Ngom with 12 and Jean-Victor Mukama, Chase Vassell and Warsame Mohamed with 10 apiece. Mukama had 10 rebounds while Small had five steals and Mukama and St. John’s-Kilmarnock graduate Adam Voll each had three blocks.
The loss leaves the Gryphs at 1-5, same as the Algoma Thunderbirds, while Ryerson improves to 4-2.
Next up for the Gryphs is their third and final game in their three-game homestand against Toronto schools as they’re to host the Toronto Varsity Blues (3-2) Saturday at 3 p.m.
“They’re a very good team and I think they’re very similar to us,” O’Rourke said of the Varsity Blues. “We’re going to need to be hungry and execute and certainly play a lot better than we did today.”
Rams 82 Gryphons 57
Scoring by Quarters
Field Goals (made-attempted): Ryerson 34-69; Guelph 24-65.