Mohawk men move into second with win over Royals

The Mohawk men’s basketball team moved into sole possession of second place in Ontario Colleges Athletic Association play, with an 85-49 victory over the Redeemer Royals at the Fennell Gymnasium Thursday (Dec. 2).

The win improved the Mountaineers’ record to 6-2 and with 12 points they trail unbeaten Humber by two points in the West Region. At the same time they moved two points ahead of Sheridan, Fanshawe and Niagara, the latter of whom they will face December 8 in Welland, in the final game of the first semester. Redeemer fell to 0-8.

Tanner Lane (Guelph) and Jermaine De Costa (Hamilton) each had 17 points to pace the Mountaineers. Nathan Vanderveen had 11 points and Dhimitri Luarasi, 10 for the Royals.

Despite the score, Mohawk head coach Brian Jonker was not pleased with the play of most of his first unit. He went to his bench about four minutes into the game when the Mountaineers were actually trailing. Jonker was very pleased with his second unit, which he also brought in early in the second half.

“I hope this is a wakeup call. Really good teams prepare hard and come to play no matter what game it is, said Jonker. “We didn’t practice well all week and I thought it showed. We’ve got a big game at Niagara to complete the first half of our season.”