Mohawk men improve cage playoff hopes, women continue to falter

Jerome Smith scored 25 points to power the Mohawk men’s basketball team to a narrow 70-68 win over the Niagara Knights in Ontario Colleges Athletic Association action in Welland on Wednesday (Jan. 27). 

“Jerome played his best game in his three years at Mohawk,” said Mountaineers’ head coach Brian Jonker. Former Niagara star Nick Fadayel had 16 points and 13 rebounds and Mike Soluk contributed 11 boards for the visitors.

“It was a big win for us,” added Jonker of his team which is now 7-5. “It puts us in a good spot to make the playoffs. Now we want to keep the run going and get a home playoff game.”

Niagara saw its record drop to 6-7.

The Mountaineers now head to Sault Ste. Marie for the weekend. Friday (Jan. 29) they play Sault College. Then on Saturday, they meet Algoma University. The news was not good for the Mohawk women. The Mountaineers lost for the seventh time in eight outings, 67-40 to the Knights.

“We battled in the first half for 15 minutes and threw in the towel,” observed head coach Kelly Dunham. “We were out-rebounded, outworked and had over 25 turnovers.”

Casey Boggs scored 17 points for Mohawk. Alisha Mills and Tracy Lehane added 10 each.

Niagara improved its record to 5-4. The Knights led 32-22 after 20 minutes, but really decided the issue with a 9-0 run to start the second half.

The Mountaineers’ next game is Saturday (Jan. 30) at Algoma.