Strong start for Mohawks basketball teams

The Mohawk men’s and women’s teams both came home from Ancaster with two points at the expense of the Redeemer Royals to open the Ontario Colleges Athletic Association West Region basketball schedule on Wednesday (Oct. 14).

The women downed their hosts 55-39 as Katie Daniels of Saltfleet scored 15 points, all on three-point shots. Brebeuf’s Michelle Abella, like Daniels a veteran, scored 14 points and rookie Keanan Vernon, out of St. Thomas More, chipped in with 11.

Kristy Aloe from Sault Ste. Marie led Redeemer with 15.

Mohawk led 34-18 at halftime but struggled on offense in the final 10 minutes of the game. Head coach Kelly Dunham felt it was a case of new players coming in and adjusting to a new system. Dunham played all rookies on the floor late in the game.

Mohawk men’s head coach Brian Jonker says his players have bought into the Mountaineers’ run and gun approach to the game. And that could not be disputed after their 106-54 romp over Redeemer.

The two halves were strikingly similar on the scoreboard, as the Mountaineers led 52-27 after 20 minutes, then outscored Redeemer 54-27 in the second half. Alex Reis, a first year player from Cathedral, led Mohawk with 19 points. Trevor Williams, also of Hamilton, scored 16.

Jordan DeWeger from Port Stanley, Ont., led the Royals with 17.