Six players scored in double figures for the Mohawk Mountaineers in their 111-74 win over Sault College Cougars in Ontario Colleges Athletic Association men’s basketball at the Fennell Gym on Saturday (Nov. 26).
Aminu Bello scored 27 points. Manny Campbell had 20 points and a game high 10 rebounds. Alex Reis collected 16 points, while Tanner Lane had 13, Taylor Dowhaniuk scored 11 and Andrew Cicuttini chipped in with 10, as the Mountaineers improved their record to 4-3.
For the Cougars, who lost their eighth straight game, Donte James had 20 points, Jason Ledgister had 19 and Danny MacDonald, 15.
It was a very close game in the early going before Mohawk took a 49-42 lead to the dressing room. The Mountaineers then took command, outscoring the Sault 30-14 in the third quarter and 32-18 in the final period.
Mohawk head coach Brian Jonker, who admitted he didn’t get much sleep after the previous evening’s two-point loss to Algoma, agreed it was a must win game, but they really have to win the last three games.
The Mountaineers shot 53.8 percent from the floor. Jonker felt the Sault hurt his side in the first half beating them off the dribble, but it was different after the break.
After the emotional loss to Algoma, Jonker expected some sort of letdown, but felt the team responded well in the second half. Offensively they’ve been pretty solid. “We have talented players. You’re going to find ways to score and put up numbers, but defensively, we’ve got to be a lot better.”