By Will Sealy Jr.
On Saturday the Ryerson Rams lost a close game to the York Yeoman in the final of the Raptors Cup.
The game marked the Rams first loss of the pre-season and was one they deserved to lose.
Although the final score was 62-58, Ryerson never played to its capability.
The Yeoman, who have limited talents at best, broke the Rams’ press time after time with ease.
The Rams are usually at their best when they use their defence and convert turnovers into fast breakpoints.
Ben Gorham led the Rams with 25 points, including 13 out of 20 from the free throw line.
After playing four games in five days, the Rams were noticeably fatigued.
In front of a sparse crowd at the ACC, they started slowly and shot poorly in the first half, scoring only 29 points.
They came out in the second half only to go cold, missing jump shots, layups and even a breakaway dunk.
Late in the game, Rams forward Jan-Michael Nation fell down awkwardly and sprained his ankle. But he should be ready for the regular season in two weeks.
Although this loss was disappointing, it was hardly devastating. A preseason loss is far better than one in March.
The Rams have a shot at redemption when they play their first home game of the regular season against the Yeoman Nov. 19.
That gives them two weeks to iron out the kinks, and by then, we should see them at their fast-breaking best.