Saturday March 12, 2016 will go down in Ryerson Sports history as the night Ryerson won its first ever provincial banners with not one but two gold medals capturing both the men's and women's OUAA basketball championships.
The No. 3 ranked Ryerson Rams men’s basketball team captured the Wilson Cup symbolic of OUAA Mens basketball supremacy for the very first time. Ryerson accomplished this feat in dramatic fashion by taking down the No. 1 ranked and defending champion Carleton Ravens with a dramatic 73-68 victory. The game was played in front of a sell out crowd at Ryerson's Coca-Cola Court, located inside the Mattamy Athletic Centre.
In the first half Carleton dominated the hardwood, playing fundamentally sound basketball while capitalizing on many Ryerson turnovers and missed three point shots. The first half ended with Carleton up by fifteen points. And that score may have been flattering to Ryerson. Not sure what Ryerson interim head coach Patrick Tatham told his players in the locker room at halftime but whatever he said it worked. Ryerson stormed out of the locker room in the second half dunking on offence, and swatting balls away on defence like a team possesed.
Just as the men's team hit the floor to celebrate their win the PA announcer gave the home fans, many of whom had spilled onto the court after the final buzzer, even more reason to celebrate. The Ryerson Rams women's basketball team had also made history by winning their own provincial championship. The women's team captured the newly minted Critelli Cup held at the University of Ottawa with a convincing 66-60 road win over the hometown Gee-Gees. Ryerson's basketball program has been building momentum since 2009 when Coach Roy Rana, now on Sabbatical took over the reigns. The opening of the Mattamy Athletic Centre in 2012 was a further boost to the men's and women's program. And now it appears there is no stopping this juggernaut. Ryerson Rams basketball has truly arrived.
David Dunkelman reporting for TorontoNeighbourhoodGuide.com, firstname.lastname@example.org