Mountaineers toppled by Falcons in basketball

The Fanshawe Falcons flew into town and carried off a pair of Ontario Colleges Athletic Association basketball wins from the nest of the Mohawk Mountaineers on Friday (Nov.16).

The Canadian Colleges Athletic Association’s No. 1 ranked men’s team fell, 95-85, in their first loss of the season after four straight victories. Fanshawe remains unbeaten after five games and will likely dislodged the Mountaineers from the top national perch. Fanshawe now sits first in the OCAA’s West Division.

In the men’s game, Chavaun Miller-Bennett led the London squad with 20 points, while Kyle McConnell added 17. For Mohawk, Andrew Cicuttini scored 31 points plus five rebounds, Manny Campbell had 17 points and Jeff Hunt, said head coach Brian Jonker, had his best game of the year with 12 points and five boards.

The Mountaineers were down by 20 points midway through the third quarter, before rallying to get back to within three points a couple of times, but no closer. Jonker said his team didn’t deserve to win.

“They out worked us and wanted it more than us. We can’t take a night off. Everyone is gunning for us. The same will happen tomorrow (Saturday against Lambton) if we don’t come out and play hard right from the opening tip.”

Meanwhile, the Fanshawe women improved to 4-1 with their win while the Mountaineers fell to 2-3. Natasha Amo had 13 points for the Falcons with Felicia Mazerolle adding 12 points and Tanisha Bromfield contributing 11.

Lacey Wolters had eight points and 12 rebounds for Mohawk while Katelyn Arbour and Carissa Browne had six each.

“We just couldn’t handle their pressure in the first half and it cost us,” said Mountaineers’ head coach Kevin Duffy. “They had 30 points off our turnovers and that was the difference in the game. We have a lot of rookies out there going through a lot of growing pains, but we will continue to work hard, correct our errors and get better as the season progresses. These tough games will make us better in the long run.”

Saturday’s action with Sarnia’s Lambton Lions at the Fennell Gymnasium, starts at 6 pm with the women’s game, followed at 8 p.m. by the men.

The Lambton men are 1-3 and the women are 2-2.