Mohawk’s basketball teams took both ends of their doubleheader at Redeemer on Tuesday (Oct. 23). The Mountaineers won the men’s game 79-62. The women turned things on in the second half and defeated the Royals 48-28.
It looked like it would be a runaway for the Mohawk men when they turned in a spirited first half performance for a 40-20 lead at the break. But the visitors ran out of steam in the second half and the Royals whittled away at the deficit to get it back to within nine points (63-54) with just over three minutes to go. Mohawk’s Tyrone Berry sank a three-pointer and was fouled on the play; he made the free throw. Mohawk immediately scored again on a turnover for a 15 point lead that pretty well salted away the Mountaineer victory.
Berry led Mohawk with 28 points. Mackenzie Milmine added 15. Jordan De Weger of Redeemer led all scorers in the game with 33.
Mohawk head coach Brian Jonker said his team played with a lot of intensity and energy in the first half and he agreed they ran out of a bit of gas in the second. He also felt Redeemer made some adjustments at the intermission and made a game of it in the second half. Jonker also believed the Royals fed off their noisy fans in the final 20 minutes.
The coach said Berry came up big for Mohawk in the second half. “Tyrone had a couple of three-pointers, some ‘put-backs’ and a couple of steals to bail us out. He and Mckenzie were kind of the glue for us, the older guys, so that’s nice.”
Mohawk improved its record to 2-1 while Redeemer is 0-1 in the West Region. The Mountaineer men go to St. Lawrence in Kingston this weekend for the Viking Invitational tournament. The men’s home opener is on Tuesday November 6 versus Fanshawe.
After a see-saw first half which saw the Mohawk women go to the locker room with a 19-16 lead over Redeemer, the Mountaineers turned things on in the second half and defeated the Royals 48-28. Lisa Arndt and Melissa Zwolak had eight points each for Mohawk, while Lisamarie Iavarone contributed seven.
Katie Roth and Angela Wiersma each scored seven for the Royals.
Mohawk head coach Kelly Dunham felt the difference in the second half was her team being able to run and showing patience on offense, compared to the first half. “We really weren’t patient with the ball, we were moving way before we should have been. It’s nerves too. It’s the second game for the rookies (and) we’ve got a lot.” Dunham also noted playing Redeemer is always tough and has been since her playing days and it doesn’t matter where each team is in the standings – it’s going to be a battle.
With the win, Mohawk women evened their record at 1-1. Redeemer was playing its first game of the West Region season. The Mountaineer women are back in action Tuesday November 6 at home to Fanshawe.