Mountaineers stranded on northern OCAA cage trip

The Mohawk Mountaineers men’s basketball team is hoping to Redeemer(er) it self on Tuesday (Jan. 16).

The Mountaineers are coming off a two game road trip loss to the Soo, losing 93-89 on Saturday to the Sault College Cougars. Mohawk was beaten 80-76 by the Algoma University Thunderbirds the night before.

The two losses dropped the Mountaineers record to 3-6 and leaves them in fifth place in the Ontario Colleges Athletic Association’s West Division. And while the Mountaineers have six points, two behind Algoma, Niagara, and St. Clair, each of those schools have one or more games in hand.

Tipoff is 8 p.m.

On Tuesday, the Mountaineers will drop by Redeemer University College in Ancaster. The royals have played only six games and a win would move them into a points tie with Mohawk.

On Saturday Igor Trbojevic (Hamilton) led Mohawk with 28 points. Marko Gacic (Hamilton) had 20 and Nick Gaspic (Hamilton) added 18.

At one point Mohawk found itself trailing by 16 points but rallied to take a six point lead with eight minutes left to play. However, the Cougars clawed their way back into the lead before the buzzer sounded.

On Friday, Mohawk had taken a 16 point lead before the Thunderbirds took control.

Trbojevic had 19 points for Mohawk, Gacic had 17, Gaspic dropped in 16, and Dave Almas (Hamilton) added 14.

The women Mountaineers played only once on the weekend, dropping a 69-31 decision to Algoma on Friday night, despite taking an early 11-4 lead.

The Thunderbirds led 33-15 after 20 minutes as the Mountaineers failed to score in the final eight minutes of the first half.

Pacing Mohawk was Carrie Lawton (Hamilton) who had nine points. Rachel Boyce (Hamilton), Katie Goodburn (Chatham) and Erinn Belot (Hamilton) each added five points.

Algoma improved to 7-1, while Mohawk is now 1-6. Mohawk visits Redeemer on Tuesday for a 6 p.m. game.