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Both basketball teams defeat St. Mary’s

It was a productive weekend for the Clippers teams in Caronport.

Lucas Mannes from the Briercrest Clippers rushes past a St. Mary's University College defender towards the hoop during Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference men's basketball action in Caronport over the weekend. Submitted photo by Emily Soggie

Both the women’s and men’s basketball came away with wins over St. Mary’s University College in Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference (ACAC) action.

The Clippers women’s team got their first wins of the season, beginning with a 67-27 victory over the Lightning on Friday.

Using a half-court defence and dominating the offensive boards, the Clippers were able to hold the Lightning to a 32-13 half-time lead.

Both teams struggled with their shooting percentage, with Briercrest shooting 32.4 per cent and the Lightning just 15.4 per cent.

St. Mary’s attempted to crawl back into the game early in the second half, but the Clippers were able to contain their lead.

Players of the game were Amber Smith from St. Mary’s with 20 points and eight rebounds and Tracey Frimpong for the Clippers with nine points, eight steals and 18 rebounds.

It was a slow start to the game on Saturday with both teams struggling to make baskets.

A time out and a change in the line up by Clippers’ coach Paul Romanuk proved to spark momentum for Briercrest.

The Lightning almost climbed back into the match, trailing by just one point in the second quarter, but solid attacking on the boards by Claire Richardson helped push the Clippers to a 32-17 lead at half-time.

St. Mary’s held the Clippers to just five points in the third quarter, but a big fourth quarter let them cruise to their second straight victory.

Players of the game were Bernadette Catolos for St. Mary’s with six rebounds, one assist and one steal while Richardson was Briercrest’s player with a game high 12 rebounds, three assists, four blocks and two steals.

In men’s ACAC action, the Briercrest Clippers team continues to roll this season.

On Friday, the Clippers pushed through for the 92-85 victory over St. Mary’s.

It was a back and forth game, with both teams taking leads at different points. It wasn’t the team’s best outing thus far this season.

“We’ve just got to move the ball better and we’ve got to finish our layups,” said Clippers’ Lucas Mannes in a release. “We just missed shots we usually make.”

Briercrest was down to start the fourth quarter, but they pushed back and tied it at 82. With a minute remaining, some key Lightning players fouled out, giving the Clippers the breakthrough they needed to close out the game.

The player of the game for the Lightning was Randall Mosca with five rebounds, four assists and two steals. James Wohlgeschaffen had 10 rebounds, five assists, one block and one steal as player of the game for the Clippers. 

On Saturday, the Clippers were cruising off the momentum from the Friday game. They had shots sinking and the defence was strong to hold St. Mary’s to a 55-27 lead at half-time.

The Clippers kept pushing in the final two quarters to improve their record to 7-3 on the season. Mannes was player of the game for Briercrest with 15 points, 18 rebounds, nine assists, two steals and one block and Josh Daniel was named for St. Mary’s with 17 points, seven rebounds, four assists and two blocks.

Both Clippers teams are finished until the new year with their next games on Jan. 10 against Concordia University College in Caronport.

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