Mountaineers lanced by Knights

MohawkThe Niagara Knights were not in an accommodating mood as they scored a pair of Ontario Colleges Athletic Association basketball victories over the visiting Mohawk Mountaineers on Thursday (Jan. 21).

The Niagara women needed overtime, before defeating the Mountaineers, 75-63. It was the fourth consecutive defeat for Mohawk, now 5-7, while the Knights upped their mark to 6-8.

Carissa Browne scored 16 points and Rachelle Abella added 14 for the Mountaineers.

“It was a tough defeat,” said Mohawk head coach Kevin Duffy. “We blew two, 10 point leads and had a wide open look with time running out in regulation that rolled off the rim. (But) I give Niagara full credit for the victory,” said Duffy. “They out rebounded us and shot the ball extremely well tonight. We have to put this game behind us immediately as we have a huge game against Redeemer on Saturday.”

In the men’s game, Niagara outgunned Mohawk, 105-93, snapping the Mountaineers four game win string. The Mountaineers missed a chance to pull into a first place tie with Sheridan and Fanshawe in the West Region. Instead, Mohawk, now 11-3, is tied for third place with Niagara, 11-5.

“We were beaten by a better team tonight,” said Mohawk head coach Brian Jonker. “They shot the ball very well in the first half and we spent the entire second half fighting to try and come back.”

Alex Reis scored 20 points and added seven rebounds and seven assists for the Mountaineers. Andrew Cicuttini had 18 points and 14 rebounds, while Manny Campbell scored 14 points and Pat Iavarone counted 13.