Saints bedevil Mountaineers in men’s, women’s OCAA cage play

The trip to Windsor Saturday was not an enjoyable one for Mohawk’s men’s and women’s basketball teams. St. Clair College Saints took the doubleheader, beating the men 98-86 and downing the women 58-49.

The men’s loss left their Ontario Colleges Athletic Association record at 2-1 while the women are looking for their first win after two losses.

The women quickly fell behind 16-3 in their game but staged a strong rally to close to within 28-26 at halftime. But head coach Kelly Dunham said her team couldn’t sustain the pressure.

“Even though we couldn’t pull it out we know we can play with the intensity we need to be successful. We out rebounded them. Every game we are getting better,” said Dunham.

Katie Goodburn (Chatham) led the Mountaineers with 12 points. Erinn Belot (Hamilton) had 11, Melissa Zwolak (Hamilton)added nine points as well as seven rebounds, including six on the defensive boards. The women visit Niagara on Friday (Nov. 10) in search of their first victory.

The men got 15 points each from Panyin Kyei (Toronto), Nick Gaspic (Hamilton), and Zivojin Tolmac (Hamilton). Mohawk head coach Brian Jonker feels his team has been playing too many games without enough practices. The Mountaineers have until Friday to work on strategies for their game in Niagara.