The final score of Mohawk 84, George Brown 63, doesn’t nearly tell the story of the pre-season men’s basketball game at the David Braley Athletic and Recreation Centre on Thursday (Oct. 10).
The Mountaineers almost blew a 16 point half time lead as the visiting Huskies outscored the locals 28-13 in the third quarter to get to within one point – 54-53. Fortunately, Mohawk saved some blushes with a strong finish, out-gunning their opponents, 30-10, in the final 10 minutes.
Matt Fennell led Mohawk again with 22 points, and nine rebounds. Andrew Cicuttini had 19 points and 15 rebounds and Taylor Dowhaniuk scored 14 points and added 10 boards.
For George Brown, Vadim Halimov scored 16 points and Ricardo Brown contributed 15.
Mountaineers’ head coach Brian Jonker noted that going into the game with an 8-0 record in Ontario Colleges Athletic Association pre-season play may have been part of the problem.
“With no disrespect to George Brown, we played our poorest game of the year by far,” said Jonker. “Our energy level was low to start the game.”
After the Huskies grabbed a 5-0 lead, Jonker called one of the earliest time outs you’re going to see. It seemed to do the trick, as his charges responded and led 21-14 after a quarter, and 41-25 at the half. Then that awful third period.
“Defensively we had some lapses, but on the offensive end we just didn’t do a good job moving the basketball,” said Jonker.
As for his charges play after the half time break the coach said, “Traditionally we’ve been a poor starting team in the third quarter, but this hadn’t been a problem this year until tonight and, yeah, we let them back into the game quickly.”
Jonker said there are a lot of things the team can take from the game, but he expects to get a tough test Friday night (Oct. 11) when La Cite Coyotes from Ottawa visit at 6 p.m., noting the Mountaineers used considerable energy against George Brown.