Knights rule Mountaineers in OCAA basketball

The Niagara Knights downed the visiting Mohawk Mountaineers in both men’s and women’s basketball in Welland on Friday (Feb. 6).

In the women’s game, the Knights scored a 52-43 decision, improving their Ontario Colleges Athletic Association record to 6-6 and dropping the Mountaineers to 4-8.

Down by 12 points at the intermission, Mohawk actually outscored the home side by three points in the second half but it was not enough.

Mountaineer head coach Kelly Dunham said, “We played strong defence, but could not reward ourselves. We rushed and could not score.”

Morgan Taylor (Owen Sound West Hill) led all scorers with 15 points. Mohawk teammates Casey Boggs (Hill Park) and Tracy Lehane (Cambridge Southwood) each had six. Jenna Varga was tops for Niagara with 11 points.

The Niagara men whipped Mohawk 83-60. Mountaineers’ coach Brian Jonker bluntly called his team’s performance “uninspiring.” Mohawk led early by six points, but trailed by seven at the half.

Two St. Thomas More products, Ryan Carrafiello and Jerome Smith, each scored 15 points for the Mountaineers. Jeremy Settimi had a game best 21 points for the Knights. While Niagara’s record improved to 13-3, Mohawk went to 5-11, with two regular season games left.

The Mountaineers will be at Sheridan on Tuesday (Feb. 10) and then at home to Fanshawe the following Tuesday.