Mohawk men miss chance to gain on rivals

It was not a good day in Sault Ste. Marie on Saturday (Jan. 30) for the Mohawk Mountaineers’ basketball teams. They both went down to defeat at the hands of Algoma University in Ontario Colleges Athletic Association action.

The Thunderbirds snapped the Mountaineers five-game win string with a 90-59 victory in men’s play.

Mohawk had a chance to pull even with their opponent in the West Region standings, but instead fell to 8-6, while Algoma went to 10-4. Mike Soluk had 17 points for the Mountaineers and Tanner Lane added 14. After defeating Sault College Friday, Mohawk head coach Brian Jonker said the team was hoping to make it two wins in as many days.

“But we didn’t shoot well and they did,” said Jonker. “Algoma also had more energy at the start of the game. Now we have to get back to work Monday and prepare for our next game at Sheridan.” That contest is set for Saturday, Feb. 6.

On Friday, the men recorded their fifth consecutive victory and sent the hometown Cougars to their 14th straight loss, 73-64, at Sault College.

Meanwhile, in the women’s game, Mohawk bowed 56-38 to Algoma. The Thunderbirds led 27-20 at the half. Mohawk is now 1-9. Algoma improved to 5-7.

Tracy Lehane scored 10 points for the Mountaineers. Morgan Taylor and Keanan Vernon had nine apiece.

Mohawk head coach Kelly Dunham said her team had a strong first half and competed for 30 minutes. “We lost our edge in the second half,” said Dunham. “We made too many mental mistakes. We went away from the things that were working well for us and that really hurt us.”

The women Mountaineers’ next game is Saturday, Feb. 6 at Sheridan.

Meanwhile, the Mohawk women’s volleyball team swept Sault College, 3-0, improving to 10-4 and moving into a tie for third place with Niagara in the West Region.