It was yet another successful contest for the Ryerson Rams on Friday, as they defeated the Waterloo Warriors 79-43, extending their winning streak to four games in the process.
The stands of the Coca-Cola Court in the Mattamy Athletic Centre were packed on Friday afternoon, but with an unsual group of spectators. While said spectators were still students, they were of the elementary variety, as today’s school-day game brought in over nine-hundred excited school children to the Mattamy to watch the Rams take on the visiting Warriors.
While the Rams dominated the first half of the game, the pace of play that the home team exhibited ebbed and flowed between the first and second quarter. The first ten minutes of play were dominated by the Rams on both ends of the court, as they outscored the Warriors 25-10. Offensively, the Rams were able to take advantage of a weaker baseline Waterloo defensive effort, as forwards and guards alike were able to penetrate the paint to capitalize on some easier points. Additionally, the Rams were putting on a clinic beyond the three-point line, connecting on seventy-five percent of attempts throughout the first quarter. All this combined with the fact that the Rams were able to stop the majority of Waterloo offensive plays before they even passed the half-court line, and it is no surprise that the Rams were able to gather an early double-digit lead.
In comparison to the first quarter, however, the Rams playing style seemed to have waned in the second as the Warriors were able to keep the Rams at bay. While the half did conclude with a seventeen-point lead for the Rams, it could have been significantly worse had the Rams kept their composure. Sloppier passing on the offensive end, and a lackluster effort in the acquisition of defensive rebounds lead to more opportunities for the Warriors than they anticipated. While the offensive connectivity of the Rams was maintained, the end result was only the ability to outscore the Warriors by two points throughout the quarter.
Of note in the first half was the performance of Rams forward Leyki Sorra (Toronto, Ont.) who connected on all field-goal, three-point, and free-throw attempts throughout the quarter to finish the first half at the top of the score sheet with ten points, a career-high for her.
In contrast to the first half of play, the final two quarters of the contest were dominated by Ryerson right from the get go. The Rams outscored the Warriors 39-20 in the final two quarters of play, and consistently managed the pace-of-play on the court, almost dictating where Waterloo players were permitted to go on their offensive drives. All of this combined to give the Rams a telling 79-43 win, as they improve their record to 5-2 and force the Warriors to carry on with the season 0-8.
In acquiring this victory, several key players had stellar performances during the game, contributing both offensively and defensively throughout the contest. One player’s performance to note was that of Tiemens, who acquired ten points, seven rebounds, and three assists on the afternoon.
“I was kind of struggling in the first half, but I just had to change my mindset in the second and focus on my shot,” stated Tiemens.