(HAMILTON, ON) – The St. Clair College Women’s and Men’s basketball teams both fell behind earlier in their hard wood contests against Mohawk Friday night where the women fell 75-60 down the stretch and the men were set back 76-69 in a pair of tough road losses. The women will now enter the holiday break with a respectable 6-3 record, but them men dipped well below .500 and will enter the break at 3-6 in the OCAA West Region.
The Lady Saints were behind 20-16 after the opening quarter against the (10-1) Mountaineers and trailed 34-25 by halftime. A strong third quarter allowed the Saints to almost pull even entering the final frame, but 2nd place Mohawk remained poised and clung to a slim 51-48 lead. Thereafter the teams were competitive for most of the fourth quarter until Mohawk pulled away down the stretch.
St. Clair doubled up Mohawk in points from deep (18-9), however the home team capitalized from the free throw line shooting 85% in the game, resulting in them scoring ten more points from the charity stripe. The Saints also gave up 24 points on 26 turnovers and lost the rebound war 57-48.
Jana Kucera (Chatham, ON) led the Saints in scoring with 13 points adding 9 rebounds and 4 assists. Shannon Kennedy (Windsor, ON/St. Joseph’s) earned an impressive double-double with 11 points and a remarkable 14 rebounds – capped off with 2 blocked shots. Saints rookie guard Jaimi Chauvin (Wallaceburg, ON) also chipped in with 10 points off the bench.
Mohawk’s Hunter Johns (Kitchener, ON) led her team in the win with a game high 15 points and 11 rebounds to earn the double double.
Regarding the St. Clair College men’s basketball team, the Saints fell behind early Friday night and despite pulling even after a 21-point deficit, they suffered a 76-69 to Mohawk. Entering the holiday break with a 3-6 they are tied for the final playoff position with Conestoga College.
A very slow start for St. Clair saw them trail 15-6 after the first quarter and were down 38-23 by halftime. The Moutaineers stretched their lead to 44-23 early in the third quarter trying to close out St. Clair, but the the Saints battled back outscoring the home team 32-19 in that usually decisive frame.
Clinging to a 57-55 advantage entering the fourth quarter Mohawk barely managed to hold on down the stretch, but ultimately outlasted St. Clair for the win.
By the numbers, the Saints outscored the Moutaineers 27-15 from the beyond the 3-point arc including 8 of their 9 triples the fueled their second half come back. They also tallied more bench points (27-5). But the Saints only shot 32% from the field in the game, where they were bested.
Third-year guard Will Lara-Caston (Windsor, ON/JL Forster) had scoring outbreak netting 23 points to go with 6 rebounds to top all St. Clair scorers. Saints swing man Lance Drummonds (Hamilton, ON) recorded a double-double scoring 14 points to go with 13 rebounds adding 3 steals. Gil Atencio (Panama City, Panama) had 10 rebounds and 3 blocked shots but could not find his scoring touch with only 2 points in the game for St. Clair.
Mohawk’s Emmanuel Mukuna (Hamilton, ON) scored a game high 25 points to lead his team in the win, and while improving their overall record to 6-5.