It was not a good opening night of the OCAA basketball season for either of Mohawk’s teams. Fanshawe Falcons fashioned a sweep of games at the Fennell Gymnasium.
The Falcons won the women’s game 62-52, while the visitors also took the men’s contest 90-67.
In the women’s game, Mohawk’s Alisha Mills had 11 points, Morgan Taylor 10 and Keenan Vernon added eight. Despite the defeat, head coach Kevin Duffy said he was really proud with the way his kids played.
“They were extremely resilient. Whenever Fanshawe made a run, we came right back and answered”, said Duffy. “We really competed hard throughout the entire game. I give Fanshawe a lot of credit. They made open shots when they had them, but if we would have beared down a bit more and made some of our put backs and foul shots it could have been a different game.” Duffy said rookies Rachelle Abella and Joanna Brown were outstanding. Between them they had 9 points, 13 rebounds and zero turnovers. “All in all, it was a great start. Hopefully we can use this momentum to have a great season.”
As for the men’s game, Mohawk head coach Brian Jonker simply said, “We got our doors blown off. At the half we had out rebounded them by three and had attempted nine more shots than them and were down 28! They hit ten of 17 threes in the first half and we went 0-for17. They shot 67 percent overall in the first half and for the game they hit 15 three’s. We didn’t defend well enough and didn’t play with enough energy,” Jonker concluded.
Jermaine De Costa had 14 points to lead the Mountaineers. Alex Reis scored 13 and Nick Fadayel had 10
Mohawk is off to Kingston St. Lawrence this weekend and six of the top teams in the province will be there.