Gryphon hoops men crushed by Ryerson

TORONTO – The Guelph Gryphons saw their OUA men’s basketball season come to an end Wednesday when they were thumped 109-63 by the Ryerson Rams at Ryerson’s Mattamy Athletic Centre in the opening round of the playoffs.

The Gryphs were the lowest seed in the playoffs while Ryerson was the highest seed of the teams that had to participate in the first round. The Gryphs had finished fourth in the West Division at 10-12 while Ryerson was second in the Central Division at 16-6.

Guelph and Ryerson met two weeks ago in league play at the Guelph Gryphons Athletic Centre. While the Gryphs lost that match, they were ahead late in the fourth quarter.

Wednesday’s game wasn’t like that one as the Gryphs never led and just kept slipping further and further behind. Ryerson was up 31-14 at the end of the first quarter, 59-30 at halftime and 82-46 after three quarters.

Banky Alade and Viktor Nausedas each had 12 points for the Gryphs while Rasheed Weekes had seven rebounds, two assists and three steals. Alade also had two assists and Trevor Hutton had two blocks.

Ryerson had six players in double digits in scoring, led by Tevaun Kokko with 21. Stefan Kojovic had 17 while Tanor Ngom and Jayden Frederick had 12 each, Mouhamed Ndiaye had 11 and Liam O’Leary-Orange had 10. Ngom, Frederick, O’Leary-Orange and Jalen Butler each had five rebounds while Kokko had six assists and O’Leary-Orange had three blocks.

The Gryphs shot 33 per cent of field goals and five per cent of three-pointers, sinking one of the 21 they took in the game. Ryerson shot 57 per cent on field goals and 54 per cent on the long-range shots.

Both teams grabbed 39 rebounds while the Rams had 23 assists, 13 steals and eight blocks. By comparison, the Gryphs had eight assists, seven steals and three blocks.

Ryerson advances to play the Ottawa Gee-Gees at Ottawa in Saturday’s quarter-finals.

In the other first-round games Wednesday, the Laurier Golden Hawks surprised the Queen’s Gaels 91-81 while the McMaster Marauders defeated the Brock Badgers 83-71 and the Laurentian Voyageurs downed the Windsor Lancers 94-66.

Saturday’s other quarter-finals have Laurier playing the Lakehead Thunderwolves at Thunder Bay, Laurentian playing the Western Mustangs at London and McMaster playing the Carleton Ravens at Ottawa.

The Gryphs finish their season at 15-18 overall and continue to look for their first playoff victory since 2012 when they won their first-round game 61-58 over Laurier, but lost to Lakehead in quarter-finals. That loss was the first of five in a row as they lost first-round games in 2014, 2015, 2019 and 2020. They didn’t qualify for the playoffs in 2013, 2016, 2017 and 2018.


Rams 109 Gryphons 63
Guelph         14-16-16-17–63
Ryerson     31-28-23-27–109
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