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mbb: ryerson 98, lakehead 52 december 2 | coca-cola court

RAMS CRUSH THUNDERWOLVES TO CLOSE OUT FIRST HALF OF SEASON

Written by: Christian Ryan; Photos by: Hung Le

JV Mukama (Hamilton, Ont.) and Manny Diressa (Toronto, Ont.) accounted for nearly half of the Ryerson Rams’ points as they head into the holiday break with a 98-52 win over the Lakehead Thunderwolves Saturday night at the Mattamy Athletic Centre.

The match saw Diressa as top scorer for the third consecutive game with 25. He was joined in the 20+ club by Mukama, who backed up his 21 points with an impressive 8-11 record from the field and nine rebounds, proving his exemplary effectiveness on both ends of the court.

Having a number of figures able to step up and lead the team has been key to the Rams’ success throughout the first half of the season.

“Any given night, somebody else steps up,” Rams assistant coach Borko Popic said. “Basically everybody who played tonight has contributed on the scoresheet. It’s always a great luxury to have.”

While the Thunderwolves had a strong scoring core in Mor Menashe (Ein-Carmel, Israel), Quincy Johnson (Kelowna, B.C.), and Nick Burke (Hamilton, Ont.), ultimately their inability to come up with rebounds and tendency to allow turnovers would keep them out of the hunt throughout.

Myles Charvis (Mississauga, Ont.) came off the bench to put up 11 points, but the true strength of his game was his ability to move the ball around the court. With four steals, many coming back to lead to assists to Diressa - those counting for much of his six assists - Charvis and Diressa showed how their chemistry leads the team.

“We consider ourselves high level guards,” Charvis said, “so to be able to feed off each other and just know where each other is going to be, it’s only going to make our team even better.”

Along with these established veterans, the Rams have been giving opportunities for freshmen to step into the spotlight. Liam O’Leary-Orange (Toronto, Ont.) put up eight points off of six offensive rebounds across 10 minutes, while Tanor Ngom (Dakar, Senegal) continued to impress with his defensive prowess, blocking with ease and keeping the Thunderwolves off of the scoreboard.

“I think it’s great,” Charvis said of his younger teammates stepping up. “The biggest thing with Tanor is just confidence and not being too hard on himself, because he’s a great basketball player. He’s 7’2, there’s not too many guys that are going to be able to block his shot. So just to take his time, stay confident, and just trust himself, and I think he’s going to be fine.”

Nearly doubling the score of their opponent, the Rams close out the first half of the season with an 8-2 record and a six-game winning streak. They will return to the court against the Carleton Ravens in January 2018 sharing second place in the OUA East with the Laurentian Voyageurs and Ottawa Gee-Gees.

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