TORONTO (from York Lions) — The York University Lions men’s basketball team was defeated by a score of 88-71 by the visiting Ryerson Rams at the Tait McKenzie Centre on Wednesday afternoon in the second annual School Day Game.
The Rams wasted little time taking control of the game, jumping out to a 22-9 lead after the first quarter of play. The Lions came storming back in the second, outscoring the Rams 22-19 to close the deficit to 41-31 at halftime.
The Lions held the momentum as the third quarter started, but the Rams continued their hot shooting and again outscored the Lions, this time by five to take a 64-49 lead into the final frame. The fourth quarter was exciting with a combined 46 points scored, but the Lions were not able to narrow the gap further and the game ended in favour of the visitors.
Gianmarco Luciani continued his strong run of late, leading all players with 23 points and adding three rebounds, one assist and one block. Rookie MJ Forbes had the best game of his young career with 15 points, nine rebounds and three assists off the bench, while fellow rookie Prince Kamunga finished with 11 points.
Ryerson had five different players reach double digits in scoring. Leading the way was Roshane Roberts with 17 points, while Filip Vujadinovic recorded a double-double with 16 points and 12 rebounds.
The Rams moved into third place in the OUA East standings with a 14-6 record, while the Lions are now 2-18.
The Lions will round out the home portion of their schedule this weekend when the Toronto Varsity Blues come to the Tait McKenzie Centre on Saturday night at 8 pm EST.