CONSOLATION #2: Rams join Acadia in consolation final
Photo credit Nick Pearce
HALIFAX (CIS) – The seventh-seeded Ryerson Rams claimed the first Final 8 win in program history when they defeated the No. 3 Concordia Stingers 84-80 in the second consolation semifinal of the 50th CIS men’s basketball championship, presented by Subway, Saturday afternoon at the Metro Centre
The OUA finalist Rams, who lost 81-52 to Alberta in Friday’s quarter-finals, will face No. 8 Acadia Sunday at 11 a.m. Atlantic in the consolation final for fifth place. Ryerson had gone 0-2 in its only previous CIS tournament appearance back in 1999.
Concordia finishes tied for seventh for the second straight year at the Final 8. The RSEQ champions lost 98-82 to StFX in Friday’s opening round.
Bjorn Michaelsen, a 6-foot-7 forward from Otterburn Park, Que., was named player of the game for the winners after scoring a match-high 25 points. He also had five rebounds and four assists in the victory.
Freshman Aaron Best of Scarborough, Ont., with 17 points, Luke Staniscia of Pefferlaw, Ont., with 15, and Jahmal Jones of Mississauga, Ont., with 14, also scored in double figures for the Rams.
Playing in his final university game, senior forward James Clark of Toronto was voted Concordia MVP following a 22-point, nine-rebound effort. Evens Laroche, the reigning RSEQ player of the year from Montreal, had 17 points in the losing cause, while fellow Montreal native Kyle Desmarais finished with 14.
“These games are never easy to play but the guys showed a lot of pride today,” said Ryerson head coach Roy Rana. “They want to end the season with a win.”
Concordia opened the game with a 17-4 run and held on to the lead until Jones tied the affair at 33 all with just over three minutes to go in the first half. The Stingers quickly jumped back in front and took a 41-37 lead into the locker room at the break.
The RSEQ champs got off to another great start in the third quarter and built what looked like a comfortable 61-45 cushion midway through the period. Ryerson stunned the third-seeded Stingers however with 18 straight points and headed into the fourth quarter leading 63-61.
After three quick lead changes early in the final frame, Ryerson went ahead for good with five minutes remaining on a Staniscia layup. Clark brought Concordia back to within two – at 82-80 - with 1:40 left but the Rams held on for the win.
Scoring by quarter:
RYE 18-19-26-21: 84
CON 24-17-20-19: 80
Points: Bjorn Michaelsen (25), Aaron Best (17), Luke Staniscia (15)
Rebounds: Gavin Berry (6), Jahmal Jones (6), Luke Staniscia (6)
Assists: Gavin Berry (5), Jahmal Jones (5)
Subway player of the game: Bjorn Michaelsen
Points: James Clark (22), Evens Laroche (19), Kyle Desmarais (14)
Rebounds: James Clark (9), Evens Laroche (9)
Assists: Decee Krah (5), Evens Laroche (5)
Subway player of the game: James Clark
CHAMPIONSHIP SCHEDULE & RESULTS (all times ATLANTIC TIME)
NOTE 1: Live webcast of all games on SSN Canada
NOTE 2: Live broadcast of semifinals and final on EastLink TV
NOTE 3: Semifinals and final on tape delay on NBA TV Canada
Friday, March 9
12:00 Quarter-final #1: Fraser Valley 83, Lakehead 71
14:15 Quarter-final #2: Carleton 82, Acadia 68
18:00 Quarter-final #3: Alberta 81, Ryerson 52
20:15 Quarter-final #4: StFX 98, Concordia 82
Saturday, March 10
12:00 Consolation #1: Acadia 84, Lakehead 75
14:15 Consolation #2: Ryerson 84, Concordia 80
18:00 Semifinal #1: Fraser Valley vs. Carleton
20:15 Semifinal #2: Alberta vs. StFX
Sunday, March 11
11:00 Consolation final (5th place): No. 8 Acadia vs. No. 7 Ryerson
13:15 Bronze medal game
16:30 Championship final