The Lambton College men's and women's basketball teams traveled to Windsor for a pair of key games in OCAA West action this week.
On the women's side, the Lions were looking to get revenge for a close loss to the Saints on home turf earlier this season. They would turn to the 5th year trio of Madisyn Campbell, Daylin Galvin, and Christine Fleischer to get the job done in their last rivalry game as Lions.
As expected it was a tough battle early on with the two teams trading baskets throughout the first quarter. St. Clair's early pressure seemed to swing momentum in their favour with Jana Kucera putting up 13 points for the Saints who took a 29-22 lead into the half.
The Saints clung to the seven point lead until the start of the fourth quarter. Then the Lions turned the tide, and in a serious way.
Despite a 22 point first half, the Lions came out on fire in the fourth outscoring the Saints 25-5 in a dominating late game performance for the 64-51 win.
Morgan Wagg led the Lions with 16 points with Campbell scoring 14. Ashleigh Petit was also in double-digits with 11. Fleischer put up another huge game with 17 rebounds to go with her nine points. Daylin Galvin had eight and Shelby Bigras had six points in the win.
The Lions move to 9-6 on the season in conference play.
It was more of the same on the men's side as St. Clair deployed a full court press from the outset and took a quick lead. It took ten points in the opening frame from Lambton leading scorer Tyvell Peters to bring the Lions back into it as they trailed 25-23 after the first.
But, without starting forward Jason Watts, the team had trouble protecting the rim in the second quarter as the Saints racked up nine assists and a commanding 57-43 lead going into the half. St. Clair would take their double digit advantage into the fourth.
Things began to turn around in the final ten minutes as second year guard Journee Joseph turned up big for the Lions for the second game in a row. His 24 points led the team but no shot was bigger than his fade away jumper that put Lambton up by one with 35 seconds remaining. He would also contribute seven rebounds and five assists.
Tyvell Peters scored 22 with Keith Laryea netting 21. Kardon Edwards had another great game at the point with 19 points. Dwayne Lambert-Cadore had seven, Denes Hegedus and Deiondre Reid both had four, and Shak Seymour had one to round out the scoring.
The Lions move to 8-7 on the season in conference play.
The Lions now turn their attention to UTM who they host in Sarnia this coming Sunday. The women tip off at 1pm and the men tip off at 3pm. Come on our and support mental health at these games!