Make it four wins in a row for the Mohawk men’s basketball team. The Mountaineers opened second semester play in the OCAA with a 99-64 win over the St. Clair Saints in a game played in Chatham Friday (Jan.13). Mohawk stormed out of the gate with 28 first quarter points and they led 47-37 at the half.
“We picked up the intensity in the third quarter and they were unable to match it,” said Mohawk head coach Brian Jonker. “We outscored them 32-11 in the third. It was a good team win with lots of people contributing. We had 5 players reach double figures led by Aminu Bello with 19 and Alex Reis with 17.” Eli Hesley led St. Clair with a game high 21 points.
Mohawk improved its record to 7-3 and is tied with Fanshawe and Niagara for second place in the West Region, two points back of leading Humber. Niagara has a game in hand on the other three teams. St. Clair fell to 1-9.
Next action for the Mountaineer men will be Wednesday January 18, when the Lambton Lions of Sarnia visit the Fennell Gym.
The Mohawk women lost 73 to 57 to the Saints. Megan Campbell had 13 points, Rachelle Abella scored 12 and Cynthia Mosca had 8 as the visitors saw their record fall to 5-5, while St. Clair improved to 4-6.
The Saints, led by Arica Price’s 19 points, outscored Mohawk 21-9 in the second quarter and took a 35-23 lead to the locker room at the intermission.
“We just made far too many poor decisions on offense and that led to easy baskets for them,” said Mountaineers’ head coach Kevin Duffy. “Overall we had 37 turnovers and were out rebounded, which basically tells us that they were able to control the game from start to finish. There is still a lot of season left and we have a key game coming up on Wednesday against Lambton which will give us an opportunity to bounce back and get things going in the right direction.