(WELLAND, ON) – The St Clair men’s basketball team are still looking for their first win of the OCAA season after dropping a pair of games on the road this past weekend. The Saints lost 110-85 to the Redeemer Royals in Ancaster on Saturday and then fell 93-78 to the Niagara Knights Sunday afternoon.
Against the Royals, St Clair was down 43-34 by halftime but within striking distance. However, they gave up 42 points in the 3rd quarter to allow Redeemer to coast the remainder of the game. With the result already decided, the Saints responded well with 35 points in the 4th quarter, to make it respectable.
St Clair was outrebounded by a margin of 49-33 and Redeemer got 52 points from their bench while the Saints managed just 22. Five Saints reached double figures in the high scoring game with Nik Veigli making 5 triples on his way to 22 points. Gil Atencio (18 PTS), Juwan Lynch (12 PTS), Jermaine Lynch (11 PTS), and Lance Drummonds (10 PTS) also recorded double digits for St Clair.
Atencio narrowly missed a double-double with 9 rebounds in the game for the Saints.
Sunday’s game was competitive throughout as the Saints had a chance to tie it at the halftime buzzer, but trailed Niagara 39-36 at the break. Niagara increased their lead going into the 4th quarter and put the game away down the stretch.
The Saints scored more from long range in the contest making 13 triples to just 6 for the home team. But, Niagara owned the battle of the boards (60-26) and in the paint, scoring 46 points to just 24 for St Clair.
Will Lara-Caston led the Saints with 21 points, and added 3 rebounds, 3 steals, and 3 assists in the loss to Niagara. Lynch (15 PTS), Atencio (15 PTS), and Veigli (14 PTS) also reached double figures for St Clair.