(WINDSOR, ON) – The St Clair basketball teams got off to a shaky start Sunday with losses to the Humber Hawks at the SportsPlex in OCAA regular season play.
The women could not stop the defending OCAA Champions, losing 95-59 to the Hawks. The Lady Saints fell behind 24-12 after the 1st quarter and by halftime trailed 46-26.
The Saints fashioned their best output in the third quarter, but unfortunately could not close the gap any closer than to 15 points. Humber held the advantage in all statistical categories, but the most glaring was twelve 3-point makes to just 3 for St Clair.
Humber also scored 28 points off 28 St Clair turnovers in the game.
Rookie guard Logan Kucera had a nice opening game in the OCAA scoring 21 points to lead St Clair offensively. Kucera added 6 rebounds, 3 assists, and 3 steals in the game, but she was the only Saints player to reach double figures.
The St Clair men team also started their OCAA West Region regular season with a loss, 101-88, to Humber.
The Hawks took control in the opening quarter with a 27-16 advantage, but the Saints bounced back in the 2nd quarter, closing to within 6 points, and only trailed 45-39 at the halftime break.
Humber opened up their biggest lead of the game at 64-43 in the 3rd quarter after a 16-2 run. St Clair charged back with their own run, but were still behind 73-64 entering the final quarter. That was as close as the game would get down the stretch.
St Clair scored more points from the free throw line (18 to 16) and off the bench (31 to 27), but Humber held the advantage in the key areas of rebounding (41 to 31), points off turnovers (33 to 15), and points from beyond the arc (33 to 18).
Gil Atencio led the Saints with 20 points and added 10 rebounds for the double-double. He also had 2 blocks and 2 steals, making an impression on the big front line of the visitors.
Jermaine Lynch had 14 points and 10 assists for the distributing double-double for St Clair, adding 3 steals.
William Lara-Caston chipped in with 12 points off the bench for the Saints.
The Saints teams travel to the Golden Horseshoe for games against Redeemer and Niagara this coming weekend before returning home for a November 11 match with Sault College at 8pm.