The ‘Beast’ gives Mountaineers a boost

The chances for an Ontario Colleges Athletic Association home playoff game look a lot better for the Mohawk men’s basketball team after a 79-67 victory over the Algoma Thunderbirds Saturday (Feb. 12) at the Fennell Gymnasium.

The Mountaineers improved to 11-5 and will be looking to take at least one of their last two games to get home court advantage in the opening playoff game. If they could take both games they could finish even higher in the West Region. With the victory, Mohawk is alone in fourth place, two points in front of Algoma and Niagara, both 10-7.

The Mountaineers are two points back of Sheridan Bruins and the Fanshawe Falcons, who share second spot. Mohawk and Sheridan each have two games remaining while Fanshawe has just one. Mohawk visits first place Humber on Tuesday (Feb. 15) and finishes regular season play at home against St. Clair on Friday, Feb. 18.

Aminu Bello led the Mountaineers with 22 points, while Jermaine DeCosta scored 15 and Taylor Dowhaniuk had 13. Dowhaniuk also hauled down 18 rebounds and added three blocks.

“He was an absolute beast,” said head coach Brian Jonker, describing Dowhaniuk. “It was his best (college) game.”

Jonker was very happy with his team.

“We had great energy all night. It was an outstanding effort. We were out-rebounded by three, but by a team which is significantly bigger than us.”