The Mohawk Mountaineers knocked off their cross-Mountain rivals, Redeemer Royals, in both ends of their Ontario Colleges Athletic Association basketball doubleheader in Ancaster on Saturday night (Feb. 2).
Centre Taylor Dowhaniuk had an outstanding game with a triple-double, scoring 11 points and adding 10 rebounds and 10 blocked shots, as the Mountaineer men downed the Royals, 82-61. Andrew Cicuttini had 13 points and 11 rebounds, Manny Campbell had 13 points and seven boards, Xzennis Brereton collected 12 points and Pat Iavarone contributed 11.
“That was a big win for us,” said Mohawk head coach Brian Jonker. “Redeemer had been playing very well and we knew they would play with a ton of energy. For us to come out and take care of business was very important,” said Jonker.
“Taylor was fantastic tonight on the defensive end.”
The Mountaineers upped their record to 12-3 and moved into a tie for second place with Fanshawe, just two points back of Sheridan. The Royals mark dropped to 6-10.
The Mohawk women put a halt to a four-game slide with a solid 78-40 win. The Mountaineers improved to 6-7 and moved into a tie for fifth place in the West Region with Sheridan and Niagara. The Royals slipped to 4-10.
Lacey Wolters scored 17 points, Rachelle Abella had 14 points and eight assists and Natalie Fisher had 11 points, seven rebounds and five steals.
“I was really proud of our effort tonight,” said Mohawk head coach Kevin Duffy.
“This could have been a bit of a trap game for us coming off such a tough loss on Thursday (at Niagara), but our girls were extremely focused from start to finish. Our pressure was key. We forced quite a number of turnovers which led to easy baskets and took a lot of momentum away from them.
“Natalie Fisher had her best game of the year as she was strong at both ends of the court and Rachelle Abella is starting to round into the form that made her an OCAA all-star last year.
“We can enjoy this win for about a day and then we will begin to get prepared for a very tough double header next week against St. Clair and Lambton.”