It’s do-or-die for cage Mountaineers

The Mohawk Mountaineers are hosts to the Durham Lords on Saturday (Feb. 25) in a sudden-death qualifier for a berth in the Ontario Colleges Athletic Association men’s basketball championship next weekend.

Mohawk finished fourth in the West Region with a 13-5 record. Durham was 12-8 to finish fifth in the East. Both teams bring three-game win streaks into their qualifier.

Mohawk fifth-year guard Aminu Bello (Hamilton Sir John A. Macdonald) was the scoring champion in the OCAA West this season, averaging 24.4 points per game. He has scored over 30 points in each of his last two games. Mohawk was 8-1 at home during the regular season.

Durham will look to second-year guard Christoff Pierre (Brampton) to be a catalyst on offence. Pierre has hit double figures in scoring in each of his last six games. The Lords have identical 6-4 records on the home and away.

The Mountaineers and Lords tip-off at 2 p.m. at the Fennell Gymnasium. The winner Centennial in the OCAA quarter-finals.

Three other qualifiers will be played on the weekend. They include:

Fanshawe (12-6, 5th West) at St. Lawrence-Kingston (12-8, 4th East), Saturday, 3 p.m.
George Brown (11-9, 6th East) at Algoma (13-5, 3rd West), Saturday, 4 p.m.
Niagara (11-7, 6th West) at Georgian (12-8, 3rd East), Sunday, 1 p.m.

The top two teams in each region during the regular season earned automatic entry into the OCAA Men’s Basketball Championship, being hosted by Algonquin College in Ottawa from March 1-3. East regional champion Centennial (18-2), West champion Humber (15-3) along with Algonquin (16-4) and Sheridan (14-4) all await their quarter-final opponents.