It was an intense, see-saw battle. And when it was over the Mohawk Mountaineers outlasted the Humber Hawks, 80-77, in Ontario Colleges Athletic Association men’s basketball.
Played before a large crowd at the Fennell Gymnasium on Wednesday (Jan. 23), Mohawk jumped to a 10-2 lead but Humber finally got going and trailed 19-15 after the first quarter. It would stay tight for the rest of the night.
Humber led, 37-35, at the half, but Mohawk got a couple of free throws from Andrew Cicuttini with no time left in the third quarter and the Mountaineers led 61-57.
The intensity increased in the final quarter as the Hawks moved in front by four points, but the Mountaineers would not be denied as Alex Reis, named earlier in the day Overall Male Athlete and Men`s Basketball Player of the Week, put his club ahead 69-68 with 2:43 remaining.
Humber managed to tie the contest once again, but with some key free throws down the stretch and a layup by Manny Campbell, who was left all alone, Mohawk went on to victory.
Reis had a monster game with 30 points and five assists. Campbell scored 22 points and added five rebounds and seven assists. Taylor Dowhaniuk had 10 points and eight boards and Cicuttini scored nine points and had a game best 17 rebounds.
For Humber, Ryan Cook scored 15 points, Matthew Marshall collected 13 and Brandon Sam-Hinton got 12 points.
The battle at the top of the West Region goes on. Mohawk improved to 11-2. They are tied with idle Sheridan (11-1) for second place, two points back of Fanshawe. The Falcons downed Lambton 92-68 on Wednesday to go 12-2. Humber dropped to 8-5.
In women`s play, Humber jumped out to a 12-0 lead, but Mohawk battled back to trail only 25-21 at halftime, but finally fell, 50-43, in a very competitive contest.
Katelyn Arbour led the Mountaineers with nine points. Porscha Hewitt scored eight, while Carissa Browne and Lacey Wolters added six apiece. For Humber, Aleena Domingo led the way with 14 points. Jordan Mazzei had eight points and Brenda Carachure added seven.
Mohawk fell to 5-6 after a third straight defeat. Humber has won two in a row to go to 8-4.