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St. Clair Saints Basketball Weekend Recap January 22 2023

St. Clair Men’s Basketball Set School Record in Conestoga Win

The St. Clair College Men’s Basketball team set a school record at the SportsPlex on Saturday Jan. 21 evening with a 123-82 win over Conestoga College (Kitchener). The Saints (8-3) set a new standard for points scored in a single regulation game breaking the old mark of 120 points which St. Clair had reached on three occasions and most recently in the 2018-19 season.

A stunned Conestoga team saw the home team race to a 32-17 first quarter lead capped with a buzzer beating triple by St. Clair’s Jesiah Deerr (Whitby, ON) which gave the near capacity crowd a rise. The Saints continued to push down the accelerator scoring 35 second-quarter points on their way to an eye popping 67-27 halftime advantage. The teams played even in the third quarter (25-25) but at one juncture St. Clair had a 47-point cushion. The Saints bench got involved which contributed 43 points in total where all but two of the thirteen players dressed recorded a basket.

St. Clair converted nearly half of their shots (47-for-95, 47.5%) which included 15 makes from beyond the 3-point arc at a rate of 42%. But 56 points in the paint and 30 points off 20 Conestoga turnovers paved the way for an easy victory.

Saints guard Shakael Pryce (Pickering, ON) led his team with 28 points who was helped by teammate Chad Vincent-Simon (Scarborough, ON) who scored 19 points to go with 8 rebounds for St. Clair. When not hounding the opposition with tough defense Darnelle Peddie (Pickering, ON) found time to score 14 points. Deerr finished with 13 points and Jalen Harmon (Ypsilanti, MI) rounded out the double figure scorers for the Saints with 10 points.

St. Clair held the OCAA scoring leader Ladera Ujullu-Obang (Kitchener, ON) to a mere 6 points but allowed Terell Lloyd (Woodstock, ON) to score a game high 42 points which included 8 triples in a losing cause.

Saints Best Sheridan Sunday in Men’s Basketball

The St. Clair College Men’s Basketball team ran their West Division record to 9-3 with a 101-81 win over Sheridan College (Brampton) Sunday Jan. 22 afternoon at the SportsPlex.

Sheridan was the aggressor early and went ahead 27-17 after the opening quarter but the Saints turned it around quickly in the second to only trail 42-41 by the halftime intermission. St. Clair methodically picked apart the visitors with high percentage makes (68.4% overall shooting) in third quarter for a 76-64 advantage heading to the final frame. The Saints increased their lead down the stretch and were able to coast to the victory.

St. Clair only surrendered 10 turnovers in the game while forcing Sheridan into 23 enabling 33 points in reply. The Saints enjoyed the key with 58 of their points in close while shooting 48.8% overall to just 40% for Sheridan. St. Clair also used their deeper roster to win the reserve war 47-19.

Jesiah Deerr (Whitby, ON) was a big part of the bench brigade leading the Saints with 19 points to go with 5 rebounds. Jalen Harmon (Ypsilanti, MI) had a fine game scoring 17 points adding 6 rebounds for St. Clair. Chad Vincent-Simon (Scarborough, ON) and Shakael Pryce (Pickering, ON) each netted 13 points for the Saints with the latter recording a double-double after dishing out 11 assists. Glynn Willis-Paris (Detroit, MI/Kennedy) chipped in with 10 points off the bench to finish off five Saints in double figures.

The St. Clair Men go on the road next weekend to face Canadore College (North Bay) on Sunday at 1:00pm.

Conestoga Outshoots St. Clair Women’s Basketball

The St. Clair College Women’s Basketball team suffered through shooting woes and lost 76-59 to Conestoga College (Kitchener) Saturday Jan. 21 afternoon at the SportsPlex. With the loss the Saints’ record falls to 5-5 and are tied for 4th place with Niagara (5-5) and Conestoga (5-6) in the win column.

The teams played fairly even in the early stages and midway through the first quarter St. Clair led 11-7 but Conestoga pulled back in front for a 17-15 advantage heading to the second. The visitors extended their lead to 36-24 by the halftime intermission. The Saints closed to within a point (40-39) with a few minutes to go in the third quarter outscoring Conestoga 16-14 in the frame. Even though the scoring loosened up in the fourth quarter, St. Clair would not come any closer as Conestoga stretched their lead to as much as 17 points late in the game.

St. Clair forced 20 Conestoga turnovers but could capitalize enough to overcome an abysmal shooting performance that saw them only make a single triple while shooting 32% overall. Conestoga was comfortable enough to shoot 58% from distance and 49% overall.

Janae Smith (Warren, MI) led St. Clair with 14 points while adding 8 rebounds in a losing cause. Alyssa Lucier (Wallaceburg, ON) and Grace Smrke (Sudbury, ON) each reached double figures for the Saints with 10 points apiece.

Conestoga’s Yasmeen Smith (Cambridge, ON) scored a game high 24 points and recorded a double-double with 12 rebounds. Megan White (Waterloo, ON) celebrated a milestone eclipsing the Conestoga career regular season scoring record and needed all of her 11 points to set the new standard at 793 in her four seasons of play.

The Saints finish their weekend home stand when they host Sheridan College (Brampton, ON) on Sunday which tips at 1:00pm.

Late Rally Propels St. Clair Women’s Basketball to Win

The St. Clair College Women’s Basketball team used a late rally to steal a win over Sheridan College (Brampton, ON) at the SportsPlex Sunday Jan. 22 afternoon by a score of 70-64. The win keeps the Saints (6-5) in 4th place and in position to host a playoff crossover matchup with five games remaining on their West Division schedule.

St. Clair was able to take a modest 24-21 lead after the first quarter and extended it to their largest advantage of the game at 33-21 early in the second frame. But Sheridan battled back from a 40-34 halftime deficit in the third quarter and only trailed 55-54 entering the fourth. Sheridan continued their momentum taking their largest lead at 64-57 with 5:45 remaining in the contest. But the Saints held the visitors scoreless the remainder of the game and reeled off 13 unanswered points to secure the win.

Sheridan won most statistical categories, but St. Clair was able to force 30 turnovers which produced 27 points. The Saints were able to overcome Sheridan shooting 36.9% from the field overall including 50% from distance. St. Clair managed to make 9 triples but had 22 more shot attempts in the game than Sheridan.

St. Clair’s Janae Smith (Warren, MI) led her team with 22 points to go with 5 rebounds and 4 steals in the victory. Shae-lyn Murphy (Windsor, ON/Holy Names) scored 16 points including 5 triples while adding 8 rebounds for the Saints. Grace Smrke (Sudbury, ON) recorded a double-double for the Saints with 11 points and 11 rebounds. Lauren Overeem (Brantford, ON) didn’t need to supply much scoring to help St. Clair but had 10 rebounds and 8 assists for the near double-double.

Damika Warner (Brampton, ON) had 22 points off the bench to lead Sheridan in a losing effort.

The St. Clair Women get a reprieve and are next in action Feb. 1st when they visit Lambton College (Sarnia).

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