Saints’ Men’s Basketball Debut Season in Style
The St. Clair College Men’s Basketball team looked strong Wednesday night at the SportsPlex in their 2022 OCAA West Division regular season debut with a 103-93 win over Lambton College (Sarnia).
A decent shooting night for both teams allowed for some entertaining back and forth play in a game that saw several lead changes. From the outset the pace was quick, but St. Clair came out of the first quarter ahead 27-26. Lambton pulled back in front during early stages of the second quarter, but the Saints answered with a late push before halftime for a 53-48 advantage. St. Clair had their best frame in the third shooting 57% and outscored Lambton 29-24 entering the fourth. Down the stretch the Saints took their largest lead (91-78) and cruised to final horn.
St. Clair was dominant getting to the hoop with a 56-40 advantage in points around the basket but also outscored Lambton 16-2 in transition. Overall, the Saints shot 48.2% but had 18 offensive rebounds and forced 22 Lambton turnovers to earn 12 extra shot attempts.
Transfer guard Shakael Pryce (Pickering, ON) was outstanding scoring 32 points for St. Clair but added 5 rebounds, 7 assists and 6 steals in the win. 4th year guard Jesiah Deerr (Whitby, ON) registered a double-double with 20 points and 10 rebounds for the Saints with Jalen Harmon (Ypsilanti, MI) putting up 16 points. Transfer forward Hanani Ujullu (Kitchener, ON) also recorded a double-double with 14 points and 14 rebounds in reserve duty while 4th year guard Terence Williams (Windsor, ON) chipped in with 10 points for St. Clair.
Lambton’s Jerry Wilson (Detroit, MI) scored a team high 22 points off the bench in a losing cause.
St. Clair will host Niagara College (Welland) on Nov. 5th in their next regular season game which tips at 6:00pm.
St. Clair Women’s Basketball Fall in OCAA Opener
The St. Clair College Women’s Basketball team started slowly in their OCAA West Division opener on their SportsPlex court Wednesday night and fell by a score of 71-57 to Lambton College (Sarnia).
The Saints stumbled out of the gate and were down 8-0 to start the game allowing Lambton to jump ahead 21-11 by the end of the first quarter. The most competitive frame was the second, but St. Clair was still on the wrong side as Lambton held a 33-22 advantage at the halftime intermission. The Saints had their strongest output in the third quarter (18) but so did the visitors (24) who were ahead 57-40 entering the fourth. Early in the final quarter Lambton moved ahead by as much as 25 points and even a late push only made the outcome more respectable.
Transfer guard Janae Smith (Warren, MI) nearly recorded a double-double in her St. Clair SportsPlex debut scoring 14 points to go with 9 rebounds. Shae-Lyn Murphy (Windsor, ON/Holy Names) scored 12 points while Alyssa Lucier (Wallaceburg, ON) rounded out the double figure scoring for the Saints with 11.
St. Clair did manage to make 11 triples in the contest but only shot 25.7% overall in the game and untimely turnovers allowed Lambton to get extra possessions that turned into easy buckets. The Saints were outscored 40-12 in the paint and 22-6 in points off the bench.
Breanna Pretty (Sarnia, ON) scored a team high 14 points for Lambton in the win.
St. Clair will host Niagara College (Welland) on Nov. 5th in their next regular season game which tips at 4:00pm.
St. Clair Men’s Soccer Lose Heartbreaker in OCAA Quarterfinal
The St. Clair Saints men’s soccer team were 10 minutes away from pulling off a huge upset on Wednesday night in Toronto at the OCAA Championship. After playing a great game the Saints ended up falling to the top ranked Seneca Sting 2-1. The Championship is being hosted by Humber College at the Ontario Soccer Centre in Vaughan from Wednesday to Saturday.
On a cold rainy night the teams were scoreless after the first half. The Sting had the strong wind behind them and controlled the possession but the Saints defense limited Seneca’s chances. St. Clair keeper Nedeljko Malic (Windsor; Sandwich) had a solid half turning aside a couple of decent chances from distance.
St. Clair got off to strong start in the second half and took a 1- 0 lead in the 54th minute. Ezra Fogal (Windsor; St. Joseph’s) headed the ball past Sting goalkeeper after a perfectly placed cross into the box from Massimo Pollard (Windsor; Holy Names). The Saints had a couple good chances to go up 2-0 but could not finish their looks.
Seneca ended up knotting the game at one in the 79th minute off a penalty kick after a very questionable call. Many in attendance and on the pitch felt the weak foul took place outside the 18 yard box but the head official disagreed.
Five minutes after the penalty kick goal, the Sting were awarded a free kick just outside the 18-yard box. The kick was blocked off the four-man Saints’ wall, and after a couple lucky bounces ended up on a Sting players foot with an open corner of the goal.
Defender Austin Severino (Kingsville; Kingsville District) was named the St. Clair player of the game.
It was a great team effort by a very banged up St. Clair squad. Despite missing a couple key starters due to injury and some players playing far from 100% the Saints held their own against Seneca who were undefeated and ranked 4th in Canada. St. Clair could have easily won the match if not for a couple bad bounces and questionable calls that did not go their way.
The St. Clair coaching staff will now shift their focus to recruiting for next year as the Saints are hosting the CCAA National Championship at Acumen Stadium in November 2023.