Saints bedevil Mountaineers 96-84 in OCAA men’s hoops action

Mohawk slipped under the .500 mark in men’s basketball play in Ontario Colleges Athletic Association play with a 96-84 loss to the St. Clair Saints from Windsor.

The setback left the Mountaineers with a 3-4 record. Mohawk, Sault St. Marie Algoma, Sarnia Lambton, and Niagara each have six points. London Fanshawe tops the West Division with 14 points from a perfect 7-0 record.

The men’s game started as a back-and-forth affair, with the lead changing hands 10 times in the first 20 minutes before St. Clair emerged 41-40.

The game turned at 6:45 of the second half, when Devine Price put St. Clair up for good at 65-64. On the play, Mohawk’s leading scorer, Panyin Kyei (Toronto), picked up his fifth foul, and the Saints were able to take advantage for the rest of the game.

In the second half, St. Clair shot 59 per cent from the field, while Mohawk only nailed 46 per cent of their shots. St. Clair was paced by Leng Yeang’s (Windsor) game-high 26 points. Devine Price (Windsor) picked up a double-double, grabbing 10 rebounds to go with his 17 points.

Igor Trbojevic (Hamilton) led the Mountaineers with 18 points, while Matt Bruyn (Brantford) added 15, Zivojin Tolmac (Hamilton) had 14 and Nick Gaspic (Hamilton) scored 12.

Kyei’s early foul trouble held him to only eight points and no rebounds for the game.

Mohawk next plays on Jan. 12 at Algoma.