Mohawk fizzles but holds on to first place

Mark Perrin scored 17 points and Michael Acheampong added 14, as the Humber Hawks won their fourth straight game, 74-68, over the Mohawk Mountaineers, in Ontario Colleges Athletic Association men’s basketball at the Fennell Gymnasium on Thursday (Nov.18).

The Mountaineers jumped to an 11-2 lead and maintained an advantage for a good portion of the first half, but the Hawks battled back to tie the count 34-all. However, a three-pointer by Mohawk’s Alex Reis just before the buzzer gave the home team a 37-34 lead to take to the locker room.

After the break Mohawk started strongly, helped by some good defensive rebounding, and restored an eight point lead early in the second half. But the Hawks scored back-to-back three pointers, followed by consecutive two point buckets and suddenly had a 50-48 lead. The Mountaineers recovered and the two teams battled the rest of the way before Humber got its nose in front to stay with under two minutes remaining.

Mountaineers’ head coach Brian Jonker admitted he was disappointed by the loss.

“We had a lead and had the opportunity to win, but we didn’t finish well,” said Jonker. “Humber’s trademark is a fantastic defense.”We had 34 points with four and a half minutes to go in the first half and didn’t get a basket until Alex’s three-pointer before the buzzer.”

Aminu Bello led Mohawk with 22 points. Nick Fadayel had 13 points and 13 rebounds. Jermaine De Costa scored 12 points.

Jonker cited three times where a stagnant offense contributed to three good point-runs by Humber.

Despite the defeat, Mohawk remains in first place in the West Region with a 5-2 record.