(WELLAND, ON) – The St Clair men’s basketball team handed Mohawk their 8th straight loss in OCAA West Region play with a 105-86 drubbing in Hamilton Saturday night. Mohawk looked to be in control early, knocking down triples, and took a 32-19 lead over the Saints after the first quarter.
But, St Clair righted the ship in the second quarter, closing to within just a 48-42 Mohawk advantage by halftime.
The tide had turned and the Saints continued to mount pressure in the third quarter, overtaking Mohawk and rolling to 42 points in the fourth quarter to put the game out of reach.
St Clair rebounded well, winning the war on the glass, 59-45, but also scored 35 points on 28 Mohawk turnovers. The Saints also got to the free throw line frequently, converting nearly 80% for 23 points to just 8 makes for Mohawk.
William Lara-Caston scored a game high 27 points in leading six Saints in double figures, while dishing out 4 assists.
Lance Drummonds scored 18 points with Andrés Bravo and Gil Atencio each recording a double-double for St. Clair. Bravo scored 16 points to go with 13 rebounds while Atencio scored 13 points and adding 10 rebounds.
Jermaine Lynch also scored 13 points with Charles Baskin chipping in with 10 points for St Clair.
The then put a scare into the nation’s 4th ranked team Sunday afternoon in Welland, but Niagara came away with a 91-73 win on their home court.
The Saints held Niagara to just 7 points in the first quarter points, taking a 12-point advantage into the second quarter. But, Niagara answered by cutting into the lead and trailed St Clair 39-34 at halftime.
The Saints attempted to hold off Niagara early in the third quarter, but the pace favoured the home team. From that point, Niagara was impressive, building as much as a 24-point lead and using a pair of extended runs stretching into the fourth quarter.
Niagara doubled up St Clair in points from long range and held a 33-24 advantage in points off the bench.
Drummonds led St Clair in scoring with 16 points and recorded a double-double with 11 rebounds. Bravo and Baskin each also reached double figures, scoring 12 points apiece for the Saints.
Next up for the Saints are the Humber Hawks on February 18 at 6:00pm followed by the Sheridan Bruins the next afternoon at 3:00pm. Both games tipoff at the Sportsplex.