Mountaineers leave Royals winless in basketball

The Redeemer Royals remained winless in both men’s and women’s basketball as the Mohawk Mountaineers invaded their Ancaster Gym and notched a pair of victories on Friday (Jan. 14).

The Mohawk women improved their record to 2-6 and moved to within two points of fourth place in the Ontario Colleges Athletic Association contest West Region with a 65-36 verdict over the 0-8 Royals.

Morgan Taylor led the way with 13 points and six offensive rebounds. Rachelle Abella had10 points and three steals and Alisha Mills scored nine points and four offensive boards.

Mountaineers’ head coach Kevin Duffy said it was a tremendous team effort as all players scored at least two points.

“We have been playing better basketball as of late and need to carry this momentum with us in the second half of the season if we want to make the playoffs,” said Duffy. “The (players) are understanding their roles a lot more and seem to be more cohesive both offensively and defensively while on the court. I like our depth, too, now that we have Alisha Mills back from injury and have added Shannon Laird at the guard position. It gives us some more bodies which helps us play with more energy as we try to force the tempo of the game.”

Meanwhile, the Mohawk men downed Redeemer 77-44. The Mountaineers improved to 8-3 and tied for second place with Sheridan, two points back of undefeated Humber. The Royals dropped to 0-10.

Brady Jonker, whose brother Brian is the head coach, sank four three-point shots for 12 points. Tanner Lane had 11 and Ahmed Hamid, eight.

“It was nice to get some playing time for some kids who have been working hard but not getting much opportunity for game minutes”, said Brian Jonker. “We now look forward to a big game at Fanshawe next Wednesday.”