Mountaineers’ offence stalls in cage loss to Knights

Niagara improved to 7-1 atop the Ontario Colleges Athletic Association’s West Region with an 89-72 victory over the Mountaineers on Tuesday (Nov. 18).

The Knights charged to an 11-0 lead to start the game, but the Mountaineers recovered and actually took a two point lead in the dying minutes of the first half, before stumbling to trail 37-31 at the intermission. Niagara extended its lead to 18 points in the second half and while Mohawk got back to within seven points with about six minutes remaining, they could not get any closer and Niagara pulled away to their 17 point decision.

Jerome Smith (St. Thomas More) led the Mountaineers with 17 points. Ricky Heath (Glendale) and Ryan Carrafiello (St.Thomas More) had 13 apiece.

Niagara’s roster has several Hamilton players, including the game’s top scorer, Jeremy Settimi (St.Thomas More) who had 19 points. That created a rivalry among the players and the game, at times, got quite chippy. The Mountaineers, who saw their record drop to 2-4, fell far short of the number of points they want to score with their new style of play.

“In general I don’t think we ran anything to do with our system, said Mohawk coach Brian Jonker. “There was very little execution involved and very little effort on our part to run it consistently, so it really wasn’t an example of what we want to do.”