By Ted Beale
(WINDSOR, ON) – The St Clair College women’s and men’s basketball teams will have play-off positions on the line in their final OCAA West regular season games Sunday against Fanshawe College at the SportsPlex. The visiting Falcons from London will tipoff with the Saints at 1:00 pm for the women’s game, with the men’s game following at 3:00 pm.
The St Clair women (11-6) have assured themselves a home play-off game and can finish no worse than 4th place, but can overtake 3rd place Fanshawe (12-5) with a win Sunday, and allow for an easier opponent from the East in the cross-over game.
St Clair owns the tie-breaker by virtue of their win over 1st place Humber (16-1). Sandwiched among the final day of play for the OCAA men’s volleyball championships St Clair women’s basketball team will host their crossover play-off game on Sunday, March 1 at 1:30 pm, with their opponent to be determined by the final standings in both the East and West.
The Fanshawe women got the better of the Saints in London by a score of 54-47 on November 20, but do not feature a single player averaging double figures. In fact, the balanced attack only has two players averaging over 20 minutes played per game, but they are ranked 2nd in team defense in the West, allowing opponents to only score 54 points per game.
The swing player, 5’ 10” Stephanie Antwi from Toronto, is averaging 8.4 points per game adding 6.6 rebounds per game for Fanshawe.
Saints’ 2nd year forward Shannon Kennedy, of St Joseph in Windsor, will look to finish 2nd in the province and currently averages 19.4 points per contest, but leads the province in total points scored while making 44.2% from 3-point land.
Kennedy also ranks top 10 in the OCAA with 8.2 rebounds per game while contributing defensively with 2.5 steals per game.
Second-year guard Meighen Boyd (Tecumseh, ON/St. Anne) has a double digit scoring average at 10.6 points per game while ranking 3rd in the province with 4.6 assists per game.
The St Clair men are fighting for 6th place and the final play-off spot in a 3-way tie with Niagara and Sheridan, in the OCAA’s West. All currently hold a record of 7-10.
Niagara hosts Sheridan on Friday night in Welland, which will move either team to 8-10. The St Clair Men must beat Fanshawe (12-5, 3rd place) Sunday to draw even with Niagara or Sheridan.
If Niagara wins against Sheridan then St Clair holds the tie-breaker with a win on Sunday against Fanshawe and will advance to the play-offs. However, if Sheridan beats Niagara then St Clair cannot advance to the play-offs, even with a win Sunday, having already lost to Sheridan in both match-ups this season.
Fanshawe defeated St Clair 75-71 in London on November 20 and feature 6’ 3” guard Chris Stanhope, out of Markham, who leads the Falcons in scoring with 17.1 points per game and is 11th in the OCAA at 2.1 steals per game.
Also averaging double figures for the Falcons are 6’ 7” forward Adam Jespersen at 15.3 points per game, and 6’ 2” guard Kyle McConnell, both from London, at 13.8 points per game.
The St Clair men continue to get strong performances from their backcourt with 5’ 11” rookie guard Trevelle Blythe, from Herman in Windsor, averaging 11.7 points per game, and Detroit’s 5’ 10” point guard Charles Baskin, scoring 10.9 points per game.
Fifth year Amherstburg forward Alex Temesy has also moved into double figures in scoring at 10.1 points per game.