The St. Clair College men's and women's basketball teams will spend their weekend visiting the Niagara Peninsula when they travel to face Mohawk College (Hamilton, Ont.) Saturday night and Niagara College (Welland, Ont.) Sunday afternoon.
The St. Clair women (11-3) slipped in the polls after last week's loss to Fanshawe and find themselves the No. 5-ranked team in the province but still remain nationally ranked at No. 15. On Saturday the Lady Saints will take on the OCAA's fourth-ranked team in Mohawk (11-4) who is hot on their heels for second place in the West Division and the automatic bye to the provincial championship tournament.
The Mohawk women have won three games in a row and beat St. Clair handily (74-47) back in November at the SportsPlex. Mohawk is led by rookie 5-foot-6 guard Sam Pocrnic (Oakville, Ont.) who is eighth in the province scoring 17.4 points per game. Fourth-year guard Stefani Hrymak (Hamilton, Ont.) puts up 12.6 points per game with 5-foot-11 forward Jasmina Kucic (Dundas, Ont.) nearly averaging a double-double with 10.0 points and 8.9 rebounds a game for the Lady Mountaineers.
The Niagara women (10-5, 5th place) are also a playoff bound team who feature third-year 5-foot-11 forward Courtney McPherson (Welland, Ont.) who averages a double-double at 14.8 points per game and 10.0 rebounds per contest. In their other meeting this season St. Clair beat the Niagara women 81-62 at the SportsPlex.
Lady Saints fourth-year 6-foot-0 guard Shannon Kennedy (Windsor, Ont./St. Joseph's) has raised her scoring average again to 18.4 points per game and stands seventh in the province to go with 8.2 rebounds per game. Five-foot-seven guard Aleah Marton (Amherstburg, Ont./General Amherst) and third-year 6-foot-0 forward Nicole Tamm (Windsor, Ont./Holy Names) each average double figures for St. Clair at just over 10 points per game. Tamm is also the OCAA's leading shot blocker averaging 2.1 per game.
The St. Clair men (6-6) just entered the OCAA rankings at the No. 10 spot and are in fifth place needing to stay ahead of seventh place Mohawk (4-9). The Mohawk men are on a seven-game skid but beat the Saints 93-80 back in November at the SportsPlex. Third-year guards Lamar Barr (Hamilton, Ont.) and Matt Elcock (Waterdown, Ont.) each average around 16 points per game for Mohawk who are the third highest scoring team (87.4 per game) in the province but give up the most points in the OCAA (92.2).
Sunday's opponent is second-place Niagara (11-2) who are the second-ranked team in the OCAA and the fourth-ranked team in Canada while putting up the second most points in the province (89.3 per game). Niagara is led by third-year 5-foot-10 point guard Lequan Hylton (Mississauga, Ont.) who puts up 15 points per game while fellow backcourt mate Van Hutchinson Jr. (Nassau, Bahamas) is 6-foot-4 and averaging 14.5 points to go with 8.9 rebounds and 3.9 assists per game. Niagara beat St. Clair 90-82 in their other meeting this season at the SportsPlex.
The St. Clair men continue to be led in scoring by 6-foot-1 guard William Lara-Caston (Windsor, Ont./JL Forster) at 13.2 points per game followed closely by 5-foot-10 point guard Charles Baskin (Detroit, Mich.) who averages 12.3 points per game. Five-foot-eleven guard Jermaine Lynch (Windsor, Ont./JL Forster) leads the team in assists averaging 3.3 per game and has upped his average to double figures at 10.3 points per game. Six-foot-seven forward Gil Atencio (Panama City, Panama) is fifth in the province turning away 2.2 blocked shots per game while scoring 9.7 points per game.
Live streams are available for all the games and the links are listed below.