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.
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.
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.
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.