Saints Split In London

Header-image-Shalapata-2By Ian Shalapata

(LONDON, ON) – The St Clair Saints men’s and women’s basketball teams split their respective games in London yesterday against Fanshawe in London.

The OCAA West 6th place Saints disposed of the Falcons by a 92-77 margin as Charles Baskin and Trevon Mollison led St Clair to the win. Baskin dropped 21 points while Mollison contributed 15 for the Green and Gold. Lance Drummonds had a team-high 6 boards, 5 in the offensive zone.

The Falcons took the game to St Clair in the 1st quarter as the two teams battled to a 14-14 draw. When St Clair knocked down two long range shots, the Falcons couldn’t recover from the 6-point disadvantage. St Clair went to the half time dressing room with a 72-56 lead.

Despite Fanshawe out-scoring the Saints 21-20 over the 2nd half, they just couldn’t regain their footing.

St Clair will stay on the road when they head to Etobicoke to take on the  Humber Hawks on January 30 and then the Sheridan Bruins the following night. They return home on February 5 for an 8:00pm tip off against the Lambton Lions.

Sarah Bondy hit for 16 points against the Falcons, but it wasn’t enough as the women dropped a 65-58 decision at the Glenn Johnston Athletic Centre. Bondy was joined by Torrie Handsor, Jaide Lyons, and Shannon Kennedy in the double digits, but the defense wasn’t there.

The loss pushed St Clair into  two-way tie for 3rd in the OCAA West, 2 points behind Fanshawe.

The Falcons’ scoring came in bunches as the home side kept the Saints reacting instead of initiating. Runs of 5-0, 7-1, and 6-0 gave Fanshawe a 24-22 at the half. St Clair managed to take the lead in the 3rd quarter, but the Falcons went on a 16-2 run with one minute remaining to seal the deal.

The women prepare for the final seven games of the regular season, including Humber, Mowhawk, and Niagara all vying for one of three OCAA West playoff spots.

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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.
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