It was not a happy home opening night for Mohawk’s basketball teams and their fans as London’s Fanshawe Falcons rolled into town and left with a pair of wins on Tuesday (Nov. 6).
The Falcons rallied from nine points down in the second half to defeat the Mountaineers 78-77 in the men’s game at the Fennell Gym. Guard Omar Sybbliss’ driving bucket with 2.2 seconds left gave the visitors the Ontario Colleges Athletic Association victory.
“It’s one of those (games) where, as a coach, you go home and not sleep tonight, and think of all the things you could have done to make a difference,” said Mountaineers’ bench boss Brian Jonker. “The bottom line is, we knew going in that the Fanshawe team’s not as talented as they were in the past, but they don’t give up. They keep fighting and scrapping and they’ve done that in every game they’ve played this year.”
Mohawk had chances to put the game away in the latter stages, but missed some free throws and several other chances on offense. Centre Mike King led Fanshawe with 17 points. Centre Alen Beader had 20 points for Mohawk. Forward Marko Gacic added 15. Both teams are now 2-2.
The Mohawk women dropped a 61-37 verdict to Fanshawe. Falcons’ Rose Rutter led all scorers with 16 points. Lisamarie Iavarone had nine points for the Mountaineers and Stacey Bourque added six.
The Falcons had three major runs in the game. They led 16-1 to start and while the Mountaineers battled back valiantly to trail only 25-17 at the half. Fanshawe opened the second period with a 13-2 run and added 13 straight points midway through the second half.
Mohawk head coach Kelly Dunham said after the initial run her players showed a lot of character coming back the way they did. But then they struggled. “We just totally get down on ourselves”, said Dunham. “It hurts us (but you have to) make the adjustments after they go on a run, walk away and rebuild. We proved that we could do it the first time. It’s very disappointing.”
Mohawk’s record slips to 1-2, while Fanshawe improved to 3-0.