The reigning CCAA and OCAA Champions are still defending.
The Seneca Sting (18-3) advanced to the OCAA Championship with a 100-78 win over the St. Clair Saints (10-11). The Sting are now just 3 wins away from a second consecutive OCAA Championship and 2 wins away from advancing to the CCAA National Championship for a second consecutive year.
For three seasons now, the Sting have been known as a team who can strike quickly with a scoring barrage which ends most teams' chances of victory. This was the case this afternoon and Jordan Anderson scored 10 of his 24 points during a 21-2 run in the second quarter. The Sting quickly turned a nine point lead into a twenty-eight point lead, all but ending the Saints chances of reaching the OCAA Championship.
Isaiah Ankra continued his all-around play with 14 points, 14 rebounds and 7 rebounds. Also contributing in the win was Nabil Ibrahim who matched Ankra's 14 points while adding 9 rebounds. Ibrahim scored six points early in the third quarter to continue to home team's dominance after the Saints cut the lead to eighteen at halftime.
Khalil Miller (11 points), Isse Ibrahim (10 points) and Daniel Wright (10 points) all reached double digits with the latter two playing their final home games for the Sting.
Jalen Sykes led the Saints with 21 points and 8 rebounds. Nik Veigli added 16 points and Daelyn Davis added 14 points and 9 rebounds off the bench.
The Sting shot 50.7% from the field while shooting 11-of-23 from beyond the three point line (47.8%). The Saints shot 33.3% as a team, but made 14 three points as they hung in the second half with the Sting.
The 2019 belairdirect OCAA Men's Basketball Championship will be held February 28-March 2 at Georgian College.