(WINDSOR, ON) – The St Clair men’s basketball team gave Canada’s top team a scare Sunday afternoon at the SportsPlex, attempting to hand the Sheridan Bruins their only loss of the season. In the end the Saints settled for an 80-73 loss and finished their regular season with a 7-9 record in the OCAA’s West Region, good enough for the final playoff spot in 6th place.
St Clair will await final games in the league schedule, but they will likely travel to Seneca in North York on Saturday for their cross-over playoff game against the Sting, with a chance to qualify for the OCAA Championship hosted by Centennial March 2 through 4.
Sheridan used a 15-0 run to finish the first quarter up 24-13, but St Clair responded well in the second, trailing 43-36 at halftime. The Saints seemed to hang around with a soundly devised defensive scheme that kept Sheridan on its heels and, although the teams played even in the third quarter, it seemed the momentum had turned.
St Clair opened the fourth quarter with a 12-2 run, thanks largely to the hot shooting of Alex Seguin, who made three triples in the stretch, and allowed his team to take a brief 69-66 lead. However, Sheridan made some key baskets down the stretch and took advantage of the Saints on the glass.
St Clair was out-rebounded 40-26 in the game, but kept themselves within striking distance by shooting nearly 50% from behind the arc (14-30). The Saints were also foul plagued with 6 players being assessed 4 or more fouls, including 1 disqualification. As well, 29 turnovers also led to 32 Sheridan points.
Lance Drummonds kept the Saints in the game early, scoring 10 of his 17 points in the opening half to lead his team on the score sheet. He also added 8 rebounds.
Charles Baskin scored 16 points in his final home game as a Saint while dishing out 4 assists.
Seguin finished with 15 points, all coming by way of the long ball for St Clair.