By Ted Beale
(WINDSOR, ON) – The St Clair basketball teams will begin a 3-game home stand tonight at the SportsPlex when they face Lambton from Sarnia, in OCAA West Region regular season play. The women tip at 6:00pm with the men following at 8:00pm.
The women hold a 9-4 record and are trying to keep pace with Mohawk (11-3) and Fanshawe (11-4) for 2nd place in the West. Lambton (6-7) are fighting for the final play-off spot in in the West and are led by 5th year guard Riley Williams, who is 7th in the province in scoring, at 14.8 points per game. Williams also leads the OCAA in free throw attempts (104) and makes (73), shooting 70.2 % for the season.
It could be a special night for 3rd year guard Shannon Kennedy, who is 14 points away from becoming the Saints all-time leader in scoring. Kennedy, who is averaging 12.6 points per game in league play this year, will try to eclipse the mark of 1,226 points set by Sara Levesque in four seasons from 2007-2011.
Kennedy also leads the team in rebounding, at 5.9 per game, and steals, 2.5, this season.
Jaide Lyons leads St Clair in scoring this season and is #9 on the all-time Saints scoring list, while averaging 15.6 points per game in league play.
The men 5-8 are looking to hold onto the 6th and final playoff spot in the West with an upset of 5th place Lambton (8-5). Lambton boasts the OCAA’s top scorer in 4th year guard Branden Padgett, who leads the province at 24.7 points per game.
Padgett is followed closely by 5th year 6’ 7” forward Mike Lucier, at 17.8 points per game, but leads the OCAA in rebounding at 12.0 per game while shooting 81% from the free throw line.
The Saints are led by rookie 6’ 0” guard Trevon Mollison, who is averaging 14.0 points, but have been getting good minutes recently out of 4th year 5’ 10” point guard Charles Baskin. Baskin is scoring 13.3 points per game.
Third-year transfer guard Jermaine Lynch is also in double figures, scoring 10.8 points per game for St Clair.