Make it seven wins in eight games for the surging Mohawk men’s basketball team. The Mountaineers improved to 10-6 with an 85-59 victory over Redeemer at the Fennell Gym Tuesday (Feb. 9). The Royals dropped to 2-14.
Mohawk head coach Brian Jonker said, for a change, his team came out strong, created turnovers and got a big lead (24-2) in the first six minutes. “We’ve had to come back in almost every game we’ve played this year, so it’s nice to get ahead early. Our guys did a great job with the intensity early. The pressure was very effective and we had turnovers.”
11 different players scored for the Mountaineers, as the bench got considerable work. Ricky Heath had 14 points to lead the attack. Mike Soluk and OCAA Male Athlete of the week Nick Fadayel, each scored 13. Redeemer’s Jordan DeWeger led all scorers with 17 points.
Mohawk’s win brought them to within two points of Sheridan and Algoma, who share third place in the West Region. The Mountaineers’ next game is at home against the first place Humber Hawks, Tuesday February 16, at 8:00 pm.
Meanwhile, the Mohawk women ended a bad run in a return meeting with the Royals at the Fennell Gymnasium on Tuesday.
The Mountaineers downed Redeemer 50-36, sending the Royals to their 12th consecutive defeat.
Tracy Lehane scored 10 points and added six rebounds for the Mountaineers. Alisha Mills recorded nine points and nine boards and Michelle Abella had eight points. Hannah Roukema was the top gun for Redeemer with 10 points and 10 rebounds.
Mohawk led 32-16 at halftime but were outscored 20-18 by the Royals in the second 20 minutes.
Mountaineers’ head coach Kelly Dunham said she was surprised by the team’s lack of emotion following the break. After being blasted at Sheridan three days earlier, the team had played much better in the second half. It was something positive to take into this game and she was hoping the same thing would happen against Redeemer.
“They did some really good things, said Dunham.”We moved the ball very, very well, but our intensity is not there on defence, where it needs to be. This game was to help us toward Humber (February 16). She praised Morgan Taylor for stepping up, but it wasn’t her night and she had five personal fouls. “We need more of our vets to step up. Now is the time.”
The coach was still scratching her head over the team’s demeanour after the final buzzer. “You wouldn’t have known that we won,” said Dunham.