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Weng James (22) sets up the screen for Jermaine Lynch (3) to skirt around the Niagara defender on 13 February 2016 against Niagara. The Saints dropped the game 83-74 with Lynch picking up 14 points.
Photo by Ian Shalapata.

By Ted Beale

(WINDSOR, ON) – The St Clair men’s basketball team were downed 75-69 by the Mountaineers Friday night at the SportsPlex, in OCAA West Region action. After a good start, the Saints led 21-10 heading into the 2nd quarter and then managed to get the halftime locker room still ahead 35-30.

However, Mohawk put together a sustained effort in the 2nd half and led by as much 10 points in the 4th quarter.

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Charles Baskin (2) goes high on a layup against Mohawk on 12 February 2016 at the SportsPlex in Windsor. The Saints point guard scored 11 points against the Mountaineers and followed up with 12 vs Niagara.
Photo by John Skinner.

St Clair rallied to within 72-69, with a few minutes to play, but Mohawk took advantage of some key turnovers to lock up the win.

Mohawk had a decided advantage in points from the free throw line, outscoring the Saints 20-8 from the stripe, which proved to be the key stat.

The Saints’ Hamiltonian rookie, Lance Drummonds, and Jordon Dixon-Keating, of Orillia, each scored 17 points to lead St Clair. Fourth-year point guard Charles Baskin, from Detroit, also reached double figures by scoring 11 points to go with 3 steals, for the Saints.

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Akim Ruot (5) watches as Trevon Mollison (21) pushes by a Niagara defender in 2nd quarter action on 13 February 2016. Mollison had a game-high 20 points and 11 rebounds for the double-double.
Photo by Ian Shalapata.

The men dropped their final home game of the regular season to the Niagara Knights, on Alumni Day, by a score of 83-74.

After falling behind early, St. Clair was able to finish the first quarter well with a last second lay-up to go ahead 18-16, heading to the 2nd quarter. The Saints then held Niagara to just 10 points before halftime to lead 37-26 at the break.

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Weng James watches as his shot drifts toward the basket after beating two Niagara defenders. James dropped 12 points in the losing effort.
Photo by Ian Shalapata.

Starting the 2nd half, St Clair took their largest lead at 45-32 but the tide soon turned with Niagara employing full-court pressure.

Saints turnovers resulted in a 19-3 Niagara run and 31 points in the 3rd quarter, putting the visitors ahead for good. St Clair clawed back to within 3, at 75-72 with under two minutes to play, but that was as close as they would get.

Niagara scored 31 points off 23 Saints turnovers, with 17 in the 2nd half, which proved to be the difference in the game.

Rookie guard Trevon Mollison had a game-high 20 points for St Clair and an outstanding 11 rebounds for the double-double. He also added 5 steals.

Third-year transfer, guard Jermaine Lynch, scored 14 points with Weng James and Baskin each reaching double figures, scoring 12 points apiece.

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Max Reiner (1) and Tom Brady (12) watch Saints rookie Jordon Dixon-Keating (7) start his layup from the top of the key against the Mohawk Mountaineers at the SportsPlex in Windsor. Dixon-Keating scored 17 points in the loss to Mohawk.
Photo by John Skinner.

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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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