Saints Take 3-of-4 From Sault

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Gil Atencio (11) has his eye on the prize as he pushes past a Sault defender on Sunday at the SportPlex.
Photo by Bill Smith.

Header-image-Shalapata-2By Ian Shalapata

(WINDSOR, ON) – The St Clair Saints women’s basketball squad dominated play in two games against the visiting Sault Cougars this past weekend. The Saints extended their record to 5-1 in the OCAA West with a pair of lopsided wins at the SportsPlex on the main campus.

Saturday evening, the women took the first step toward the sweep by dismissing the Cougars 61-28. The Saints pushed a 36-12 halftime lead by finishing with 13 4th quarter points.

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Martha Arcia (6) looks to dish as the Sault defense moves toward her. St Clair disposed of the Cougars in both games this past weekend.
Photo by Ian Shalapata.

Guard Jaide Lyons led St Clair with a game-high 16 points and added 5 boards and 4 steals. Nicole Tamm also contributed 12 points in the winning effort.

On Sunday afternoon, St Clair sent Sault home with an equally unbalanced 84-34 victory. Rookie guard Leah Beeler registered a double-double for the Saints as she put up a game-high 19 points and pulled down 10 rebounds.

Guard Meighen Boyd added 13 points in the matinee performance and Torrie Handsor, who had he ankle in ice during Saturday’s game, dropped 11 points. Tamm rounded out the double digit scoring with 10 of her own.

The women are a half game behind OCAA West leading Humber (5-0).

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Nicole Tamm (4) put up 12 points against Sault College on Saturday evening, en route to a 61-28 win.
Photo by Ian Shalapata.

The men’s side found the going tough against their counterparts from the Sault. In the late game on Saturday, the Saints dropped a see-saw affair 75-67 to the Cougars.

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Patrick Donnelly (6) goes high to block a shot by the Sault forward on Sunday.
Photo by Bill Smith.

After trailing at the end of 20 minutes, St Clair clawed their way back into the game and led entering the final frame, 52-51, but there wasn’t enough left in the tank as the Cougars stepped up their game.

Patrick Donnelly shot a game-high 18 points for St Clair, while Jermaine Lynch contributed 15. Rookie Trevon Mollison added 11 in the loss.

The Saints exacted revenge on Sunday as they corrected their mistakes of the previous day and prevailed in a 76-57 victory.

St Clair made a concerted effort at rebounding which, in turn, reduced the second chances for Sault to score. The Saints held a 44-25 advantage in rebounding which was the deciding factor in the game.

Although they trailed 37-28 at the half, the Saints nickel and dimed the Cougars defense and were able to draw within 2 in the 3rd. Just before the quarter’s close, the St Clair went on a 14-1 run to grab the momentum in the 4th.

Mollison dropped a game-high 16 points for the Saints. However, the scoring was spread out amongst nine of the 11 as Sault couldn’t concentrate on defending against just one shooter. Donnelly logged a double-double with 15 points and 13 boards, and Malique Calloo and Evan Gilmore added 12 and 10 points respectively.

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Trevon Molliosn (21) added a game-high 16 points on Sunday to 11 points the previous day in two games against Sault College.
Photo by Ian Shalapata.

The Saints next play on Friday in Sarnia at Lambton. They follow that up a week later in Ancaster against Redeemer before returning to play Fanshawe on November 25. Tip offs are a 6:00 pm and 8:00 pm.

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Ian Shalapata
Ian writes for and provides imagery to Square Media Group as well as accepting freelance photographic assignments. In addition, he has contributed to media organizations, sporting groups, and individuals across North America including the Fort Wayne News-Sentinel, Chatham-Kent Sports Network, the Golf Association of Michigan, League 1 Ontario, as well as numerous colleges and universities in Canada and the United States. Email Ian Shalapata
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