Bruins maul Mountaineers in men’s, women’s OCAA cage play

It was a rough night on the home hardwood for each of Mohawk’s basketball teams, as the Sheridan Bruins mauled them in both games in Ontario Colleges Athletic Association action Tuesday (Feb. 5) at the Fennell Gym. The Mountaineers lost 94-34 in the women’s game before the men fell 85-42.

The Mohawk men were denied a share of third place in the West Region standings as every Bruin who stepped on the court scored. Sheldon Sinclair had 13 points to lead Sheridan. The top scorer for Mohawk was Tyrone Berry, also with 13 points. One glaring statistic from the contest was the Mountaineers’ three point shooting – only 3-for-27 in that department.

“You’d never know that we went to overtime with them at their place,” said Mohawk coach Brian Jonker. “They (Sheridan) brought a lot of defensive intensity, especially in the first 12-14 minutes of the game. We didn’t react to it well offensively and consequently, you get behind 20 pretty quick.”

Despite the defeat, Mohawk, with four games left, has a chance to get a home playoff game. The Mountaineers remain two points back of three other teams, including Algoma, which visits the Fennell Gym on Friday. Mohawk’s record is now 8-6, while Sheridan is 12-2.

The Mountaineer women actually started out well, tied 5-5 and were down only 16-11 several minutes later. But it was at this point where the Bruins went on three major runs, and except near the end of the game, Mohawk showed little resistance. The game was never in doubt when Sheridan took a 43-13 lead to their dressing room at intermission.

“We came to play, said Mountaineers’ coach Kelly Dunham. “But when we were down by five points we tried the fast break but the passing was bad.” Dunham was also upset with her players’ decision making.

Sheridan’s Hali Burns led all scorers with 22 points. Melissa Zwolak was the top scorer for Mohawk with eight points. Stacey Bourque scored seven and Lisamarie Iavarone had six. Mohawk saw its record slip to 2-9, while Sheridan improved to 10-1 and the Bruins pulled into a first place tie with Fanshawe.