Mountaineers rebound from loss to even basketball record

They weren’t sharp early on but the Mohawk men’s basketball team squared their Ontario Colleges Athletic Association record at 2-2 with a 97-70 victory over Sault College Cougars, Saturday night (Oct. 31) at the Fennell Gym.

That win followed a hard fought 80-76 decision to Algoma University 24 hours earlier on the Fennell hardwood.

The Cougars, playing their first game of the regular season, jumped to an 11-4 lead, prompting Mohawk head coach Brian Jonker to call an early time out. The Mountaineers finally got going and led 47-32 at half time. Early in the second half the Sault got the deficit back to single digits, but their runs were short lived and Mohawk finally took the game by the scruff of its neck.

Ricky Heath scored 20 points to lead the Mountaineers. Tanner Lane and Trevor Williams added 19 apiece.

Jason Ledgister of the Sault led all scorers with 22 points.

Jonker felt his players needed to adjust quickly to the Cougars quick start. “I was concerned from the standpoint that we weren’t executing well enough and we weren’t rebounding. And we spent a lot of energy last night (in a loss to Algoma) so the longer you let someone hang around, I guess you never know what will happen.”

Jonker conceded the Cougars are a hard working team and have added players this year to strengthen their club.

On Friday night, Alex Reis scored 18 points for Mohawk.

Mohawk’s next game is at Lambton on Wednesday (Nov. 4).

In women’s play Friday, Mohawk also fell to 1-2, losing 69-43 to Algoma.