By Ted Beale
(WELLAND, ON) – The St Clair College women’s basketball team began a weekend road trip on Saturday with a 62-51 win over Mohawk College in Hamilton. The Saints started well in the opening quarter with an 18-10 advantage before losing a very low scoring 2nd quarter. They still managed a 23-19 lead at halftime.
However, St Clair forced key turnovers and converting them into easy buckets in the 2nd half. They shot a perfect 11-11 from the free throw line down the stretch.
The Saints had four starters score in double figures with 5th year guard Jaide Lyons leading the way with a game-high 18 points and adding 4 rebounds and 3 steals.
Shannon Kennedy scored 15 points to go with 6 rebounds and 4 steals.
Forward Torrie Handsor had an impressive game, scoring 14 points while pulling down 14 rebounds for the double-double.
Nicole Tamm continued her steady play by scoring 11 points and adding 5 rebounds, filling the stat sheet with 3 blocked shots and 3 steals.
The women team capped a successful weekend with a 72-56 win over Niagara College on Sunday in Welland. They moved their record to 3-1 on the season.
Tied 29-29 at halftime, the Saints used pressure defense once again to create separation and outscored Niagara 43-27 down the stretch. St Clair forced 30 Niagara turnovers, scoring 27 points off the miscues.
Fifth-year guard Lyons again led all scorers with 20 points, adding 5 assists, 3 rebounds, and 3 steals.
Tamm was the only other Saint in double figures, scoring 15 points to go with 5 rebounds.
St Clair’s men’s basketball team fell 100-99 to Mohawk College in overtime Saturday in Hamilton, and dropped their record to 1-2 on the season. The Saints were behind 30-8 after the opening quarter but began a dramatic comeback for the remainder of the game, cutting the halftime deficit to 48-35.
The 2nd half was a continuation of the same with St Clair pulling themselves even in the final seconds and actually taking a 3-point lead. However, Mohawk got the benefit of a whistle and a bounce to force overtime with enough in the tank to outlast the Saints in the extra period.
Post Patrick Donnelly had a monster game with a 30-point and 21 rebound double-double for St Clair. Guard Trevon Mollison scored 22 with Jermaine Lynch adding 13.
Charles Baskin and Lance Drummonds also reached double figures with 12 and 10 points respectively, for the Saints.
The men were on the short end of an 80-69 decision against Niagara College on Sunday. Niagara shot a very good 55% in the first half and staking themselves to a 43-31 lead by halftime. They were able to hold off a late charge by the Saints, who cut the lead to just 5 points in the fourth quarter.
However, St Clair could not capitalize on their opportunities and faded down the stretch.
Lynch led the Saints in scoring with 14 points and added 5 rebounds. Point guards Baskin and Max Reiner each scored 13 points while Malique Calloo also reached double figures with 10 points, to go with 6 rebounds for St Clair.
The two squads are back in action on November 7 and 8 when Sault College rolls into town.