Mountaineers battle injuries, Bruins

The Sheridan Bruins opened their Ontario Colleges Athletic Association Men’s basketball regular season with a 111-94 victory over a severely undermanned Mohawk Mountaineers squad on Friday (Nov. 13) at the Fennell Gymnasium.

Mohawk, riddled with injuries, had only nine players available, five fewer than the Bruins, and despite a valiant effort which saw them rebound from a 54-43 half time deficit to narrow Sheridan’s lead to one point, they ran out of steam and the Bruins pulled away to a victory. The loss evened the Mountaineers record to 3-3.

Trevor Williams scored 19 points for Mohawk. Ryan Carrafiello had 18 and Tanner Lane 17. Sheridan’s Kareem Malcom was the top scorer with 23 points.

Mohawk head coach Brian Jonker was very pleased with his team’s effort under such adverse conditions. “I’m proud of the effort on everybody’s part,” said Jonker. “There are no excuses for being shorthanded, but I’m proud of the effort tonight.”

Jonker felt the turning point in the game was with the score 72-71 for Sheridan. Mohawk had six straight possessions but failed to take the lead. “Every one of those, if you take the lead there, maybe it gives you that little extra boost,” said Jonker, “but it never happened.”

The Mountaineers battled to the final buzzer, even if losing was a forgone conclusion. Jonker pointed out it was important to get as many points as possible because a tie-breaker could come into play at season’s end.

The two teams meet again in the second semester.