By Ted Beale
(WINDSOR, ON) – The St Clair women’s basketball team opened their season in resounding fashion Saturday night at the SportsPlex with a 69-32 win over Sheridan. The Saints scored the first 10 points of the game and didn’t look back with a 39-22 lead at half-time and, remarkably, holding Sheridan to just a single point in the game’s final quarter.
Saints post Nicole Tamm led her team with a game-high 15 points adding 7 rebounds.
Shannon Kennedy and Jaide Lyons each scored 14 points with both nearly eclipsing the double-double mark with 9 and 8 rebounds respectively. Kennedy added 5 assists and 4 steals to fill her stat line.
Rookie guard Leah Beeler also reached double figures with 10 points to go with 6 rebounds for St Clair.
Sheridan’s Sabrina Nerb had 11 points in a losing cause.
The women dropped their next decision of the young season after a 79-52 loss to Humber College on Sunday afternoon. The defending OCAA Champions came out on fire, hitting from long range as 3rd year All-Canadian Kennedy was saddled with two early fouls and had to watch for most of the 1st quarter.
Humber led 30-7 after the opening frame and never looked back holding a 45-13 advantage by half-time. The Saints outscored Humber in the 4th quarter 23-15 but only served to lessen the early season blow.
Fifth-year guard Lyons led the Saints in scoring with 13 points adding 6 rebounds and a pair of steals. St Clair’s Tamm had a fine game reaching double figures in scoring with 12 points, nearly making the double-double with 9 rebounds.
Humber’s Sasha Bertusa had a game-high 16 points making four triples to lead her team in the win.
The St Clair Men’s Basketball team opened their 2015-16 campaign with an 86-72 loss to Sheridan. Sheridan shot the ball well early and staked themselves a comfortable lead (42-31) at half-time over the Saints.
St Clair surged in the 3rd quarter, cutting the deficit to just 46-43, but Sheridan responded to the 12-4 run and still maintained a 63-50 lead heading to the 4th quarter. St Clair put a mild scare into the visitors by closing to within 81-72 in the game’s final two minutes, but could come no closer.
Rookie guard Trevon Mollison and Charles Baskin each scored 13 points to lead the Saints in scoring. Post Patrick Donnelly had an impressive double-double with 11 points and 16 rebounds and adding 4 assists for St Clair.
Sheridan’s Dylan Periana and Brian Owusu each scored a game high 18 points to lead their team in the victory.
The men then outlasted Humber in an overtime thriller with a 90-87 victory Sunday. The Saints were comfortably ahead 42-28 at half-time but Humber cut the lead to just 57-56 after a 28-15 tear in the 3rd quarter.
Humber actually held a 72-61 lead late in the 4th quarter, but the Saints responded to take the lead back with chances to ice the game at the free throw line. Humber forced overtime and had their own chance to win in regulation.
In overtime, St Clair took the first lead, but Humber gained the advantage back before some timely rebounding and steals allowed the Saints to hit enough free throws down the stretch.
Mollison led all scorers with 27 points, adding 5 rebounds, and provided the lift for St Clair. Baskin scored 19 points to go with 4 assists, while Donnelly had 15 points and 5 rebounds for St Clair.
Malique Calloo and Jermaine Lynch both reached double figures with 13 and 11 points respectively for the Saints.
Humber’s Vule Grujic scored 24 points in a losing cause.