WINDSOR, Ont. — The St. Clair Saints are hoping that history doesn’t repeat itself.
In 2019-20, the Saints ended a lengthy playoff drought when they secured their spot at the 2020 OCAA Men’s Basketball Championship, hosted by the Lambton College Lions. Prior to that, the Saints went 13 years without a trip to the tournament.
While they were eliminated by a hot-shooting Seneca Sting team in their quarter-final contest, the young Saints roster got a taste of the tournament, the playoff atmosphere, and what it takes to get there.
Now, they want more.
While the status of the 2020-21 season is still up in the air due to the COVID-19 pandemic and questions around eligibility and other factors, the Saints are still building a roster that they hope can contend for an OCAA Championship and make a run to the 2021 CCAA Men’s Basketball National Championships in Calgary, Alta.
On Monday, it was announced that Lambton transfer guard Tyvell Peters has committed to the Saints program for the 2020-21 season, adding more talent and experience to the mix.
Peters took to his Instagram page to announce his decision.
“I chose St. Clair because I can continue excelling in the classroom with my current program, and also be part of a spectacular basketball program that cares about me both as an athlete and as a person,” said Peters on his decision to commit to the Saints. “I feel that my physical abilities, being added to the pieces they already have, will bring a better outcome for not only myself, but the St. Clair basketball program as a whole.”
Back in 2018-19, Peters averaged 21.5 points per game for the Lions, on 49.1% shooting from the floor and 38.8% from three-point range. He helping guide the Lions to the 2019 OCAA Men’s Basketball Championship at Georgian College. Peters had 12 games with 20+ points during the 2018-19 regular season.
He was named a 2nd Team OCAA West Division All-Star for his efforts.
Now with Peters in the mix, the Saints have a veteran group that will look to build off last year’s OCAA Championship appearance. With leading scorer David Gomez, Jr. returning for a fifth year, plus the likes of Husam Shallo, Miles Hall, Jesiah Deerr, and others having another year of experience under their belts, co-head coaches Matt Sykes and Brendan Seguin have themselves a talented roster.
For Peters, he’s ready to do whatever he’s asked, especially after a down 2019-20 season that only saw him play 11 regular season games before missing the second semester due to academic ineligibility.
“I hope to bring a high level of intensity, hunger for the game, and a winning mindset to the floor,” added Peters. “I want to come in, play my role, and be a great teammate that can help us get to where we need to by the end of the year.”
Where is it they want to be at year’s end? It’s simple.
“Winning an OCAA Championship,” concluded Peters.
– T. Bennett