Cougar Basketball Fall to Saints in OCAA Action in Windsor

On November 11th and 12th in Ontario College Athletic Association basketball action, the Sault College Cougar men’s and women’s programs travel to Windsor, Ontario to meet the St. Clair Saints in regular season action.

The (0-4) Cougar men hit the hardcourt on Saturday evening against the (0-3) Saints for their fifth game of the season. Sault College fell the Saints 97 – 72 in men’s action with Donte James 5th Season/Scarborough, ON/Business) leading the Cougars with 24 points (2 assists/5 rebounds) while Ceesay Fafa (2nd season/Toronto, ON/Business) and Nate Kwofie (2nd Season/Toronto, ON/Social Service Worker) combining for 34 points. Fafa had 23 points (1 assist/3 rebounds) with Kwofie finishing game one with 11 points (2 assists/6 rebounds) in the Cougars loss.

In game two on Sunday afternoon, the Cougars headed into halftime down 32 – 54 to the Saints. When the final buzzer sounded, Sault College were handed a 107 – 71 loss by St. Clair.

In women’s action on Saturday afternoon, the (0-4) Cougars faced the (1-2) Saints for their fourth game of the OCAA regular season. Third year Mackenize Mazzuca (Sault Ste. Marie, ON/Early Childhood Education) sank seven points (2 rebounds) in the 72 – 26 loss for Sault College. Mercedes Ryan (2nd Season/Goulais River,ON/Early Childhood Education) had six points (7 rebounds) for the Cougars while Cassidy Sabourin (2nd Season, Timmins, ON/Fish & Wildlife) rounded the top three in scoring in game one of the weekend for the women with five points (7 rebounds).

After a loss on Saturday evening, the women Cougars returned to action on Sunday against the Saints in an afternoon matinee tip off in Windsor. Cassidy Sabourin sank seven points (2 assists/6 rebounds) in Sault College’s 85 – 22 loss to the Saints. Mercedes Ryan added another six points (4 rebounds) to her weekend total while Kayley Hannusch (1st Cambridge, ON/Natural Environment Technology) dropped four points (1 assist/4 rebounds) for the Cougars.

Cougar men’s coach Aaron Brown told Saultsports that “the 64 turnovers was exactly what cost us the game, it’s tough to score when you don’t have the ball in your hands. This weekend we have to do a better job valuing the pumpkin and making sure that we put together a full forty minute game of tough basketball.”

The eleventh place (0-6) women will return home to host the third place (4-1) Fanshawe Falcons on November 17th and 18th while the tenth place (0-6) men will face the eight place (2-3) Falcons at Sault College on Friday evening and Saturday evening in OCAA basketball action.

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