Mohawk’s men’s and women’s basketball teams scored season opening victories at Redeemer in Ontario Colleges Athletic Association league play on Tuesday (Oct. 21).
The women downed the Royals 53-33, while the men failed to crack the century mark with their new offensive system, but
came close, winning 96-80.
In the men’s game, Ricky Heath (Glendale) led the Mountaineers with 17 points. Ryan Carrafiello (St. Thomas More) scored 15, Greg Boccaccio (Delta) contributed 13 and Jerome Smith (St. Thomas More) had 10 as Mohawk rotated complete units of five players regularly throughout the game as part of their fast, attack-minded game.
Mohawk set an OCAA single game record 21, three-point field goals, five more than the previous standard. Eight different Mountaineers managed three pointers and Heath led the way with five.
Mountaineers’ coach Brian Jonker agreed the frantic play not only resulted in a high score, but lots of fouls as well.
There were 61 free throws in the game. Mohawk could have scored more points, but their foul shooting was just over 50 percent.
Perhaps lost in their up-tempo style of play was their defence. “No question, said Jonker. “I thought actually all the better runs that we had in the game were because of defence. We created 33 turnovers and took 40 more shots than them.”
Jordan DeWeger had 30 points for Redeemer to lead all scorers. Teammate Rob Vandenende added 23.
In the women’s game, Morgan Taylor (Owen Sound West Hill) scored 11 points for Mohawk. Kat Ford (Cathedral) had 10, while Michelle Abella (St. Jean de Brebeuf) and Jacqueline Shelley (Sarnia St. Patrick’s) added nine each for the Mountaineers, who turned it on in the second half after leading only 22-19 at the break.
Mohawk head coach Kelly Dunham noted the team was only 6-for-39 shooting in the first half, but 14 for 38 in the second half. “We took better shots, said Dunham. “We were more patient on offence, saw different looks and we were able to finish in the second half.”
But the coach said it’s the defence that is going to lead the way for the team. “That’s our key right now, being able to put pressure on them as much as we can, get those turnovers and make sure we score off their mistakes.”
Natalie Dumoulin had nine points for Redeemer. Hannah Roukema contributed eight.
Redeemer’s men play again on Oct. 29 when Lambton visits for an 8 p.m. tipoff. The women Royals play next on Oct. 31 at 8 p.m. while Mohawk is idle in league play until Nov. 1 when St. Clair comes to town. The women play at noon and the men go at 2 p.m.