Mountaineers bedeviled by Saints twice

Mohawk’s men’s and women’s basketball teams suffered defeats at the hands of the St. Clair Saints in Windsor on Friday (Jan. 16). The Mountaineers dropped a heartbreaking 90-88 decision in the men’s game, while in the women’s contest St. Clair won 77-54 in the Ontario Colleges Athletic Association doubleheader.

In the men’ game, St. Clair was comfortably ahead in the first half until Mohawk used a 9-0 run to tie the game 27-27 with a few minutes to play in the frame. The home side went to the locker room holding a slim 33-32 margin at half time.

The Saints looked to put the game away in the second half, building a 22-point lead with only six minutes remaining in the contest, but the Mountaineers wouldn’t quit and used full court pressure to force St. Clair into turnovers, scoring 15 unanswered points in the process to surprisingly tie the game 86-86.

With a minute and a half to play the Saints managed to get to the line to take a slim lead. The Mountaineers answered with a free throw. St. Clair guard Nolan Gooding was then fouled after making a lay-up and seemed to seal the victory. However, Gooding missed the free throw and allowed Mohawk an opportunity to shoot a 3-pointer for the win from the corner. It caromed long and the Mohawk rebound also rimmed out closing the see saw game at 90-88.

Mountaineers Ryan Carrafiello led all scorers with 27 points. Mohawk’s record dropped to 3-7, while St. Clair improved to 7-5.

In the women’s game, the Saints and Mountaineers played neck and neck for most of the first half until a late 11-point run put the hosts up 41-27 at the break. In the second half, Mohawk cut the lead to six points but St. Clair responded with a 20-2 run to put the game out of reach.

A foul-plagued tilt saw 38 team fouls recorded and both teams used their entire available rosters.

Sarah Stevens of St. Clair led the scoring with 26 points while Katie Daniels had 14 points to pace the Mountaineers.

St. Clair saw its record go to 8-2, while Mohawk fell to 3-5.