It’s good-news-bad-news for Mohawk cagers

The Mohawk women’s basketball team got off to a great start as the Ontario Colleges Athletic Association regular season started on Tuesday (Nov.1).

The Mountaineers downed the Humber Hawks 49-39 in Etobicoke. Rachelle Abella scored 11 points for Mohawk and Daniella Randazzo added nine.

The Mountaineers got off to a fast start with an 18-6 lead after the first quarter but held a slim 26-24 lead at the half.

“I was really impressed by how strong we were mentally,” said head coach Kevin Duffy. “When they came back we didn’t fold. We regrouped, executed our plays and got back into a better flow on offence.

“It was also an advantage to go deep into our bench as we were much fresher at the end of the game, where Humber seemed to be tiring. Randazzo was a huge spark for us off the bench. Unfortunately, she had to leave with an injury and we are hoping it’s not too serious.” said Duffy.

“Overall, it’s a great start to the season to get a win against a team which we have had difficulty with and we will be battling with for a playoff spot.”

The news was not good on the men’s side as Humber beat Mohawk, 96-68.

“It was a disappointing result,” said Mohawk head coach Brian Jonker. “We didn’t compete in the first half and they made a lot of shots. A 33-8 second quarter (for Humber) did us in.”

Alex Reis led the Mountaineers with 18 points and 11 rebounds. Manny Campbell had 16 points, while Tanner Lane and Aminu Bello scored nine each.

Mohawk looks forward to the regular season home openers on Friday (Nov. 4) as St. Clair Saints check into the Fennell Gym. The women tip things off at 6 p.m. The men get going at 8 p.m.