Mohawk comes up short in see-saw cage battle

The Mohawk Mountaineers lost, 89-87 to the Algoma Thunderbirds of Sault Ste. Marie, in a wild Ontario Colleges Athletic Association men’s basketball game at the Fennell Gym on Friday (Nov. 25).

The Mountaineers held a 40-39 half time lead, but the Thunderbirds came out strong after the intermission and opened a nine-point lead in the West Division matchup.

But Mohawk rallied. Aminu Bello was fouled on his 3-pointer and he made the free throw to bring his team to within three points. Jeff Hunt then made a trey and the Mountaineers were flying, taking a 68-63 lead to the final quarter.

But it was at this point that Algoma started to roll again to regain the lead, which they bumped to 87-81 with only 1:30 remaining. Dramatic buckets by Hunt, Taylor Dowhaniuk, Tanner Lane and Andrew Cicuttini gave Mohawk real hope and with only 15.1 seconds remaining Manny Campbell made two free throws to tie the game 87-87. However, with 4.3 seconds left, Jovain Wilson came through with what proved to be the game winning bucket for the visitors. Mohawk drove the lane as time was about to expire, but couldn’t convert an equalizer.

Bello had 30 points for the Mountaineers and Campbell added 22.

For Algoma, Dele Oworu scored 36 points and Wilson added 20.

Algoma improved to 5-2. Mohawk fell to 3-3.

The Mountaineers have to go right back at it as they host Sault College Saturday at 4 p.m. at the Fennell Gym.