Mountaineers battle storm and roads, then defeat Cougars

MohawkTo say the trip was arduous would be putting it mildly. But Mohawk’s 14-hour bus ride to Sault Ste. Marie apparently had little affect on the Mountaineers men’s and women’s basketball teams which scored important wins Friday (Jan. 24).

After a snow storm and a highway closed for a spell because of an accident, the Mountaineer women literally got off the bus and downed the Sault College Cougars, 74-38 in their Ontario Colleges Athletic Association outing.

The game didn’t start until 9:15 p.m., three hours later than is scheduled tip-off time. While the players could have been excused for being a bit tired, that didn’t appear to be the case. Thirteen of Mohawk’s 14 players scored, with Stef Hrymak leading the way with 16 points. Rachelle Abella added 10 as the Mountaineers improved their record to 9-4 in the West Division to stand alone in third place, two away from second and four behind the top.

The Cougars fell to 1-10.

For Mohawk’s men’s team, it was edging closer to midnight (11.15 p.m.) before they took to the court and 1 a.m. when it finished. They were rewarded for their wait, beating the Cougars 85-62 to up their mark to 10-3 in the West Division. That record is good enough for a second place tie, just two points out of first place.

Sault College fell to 4-7.

Taylor Dowhaniuk notched a double-double with 12 points and 12 rebounds. He also had five blocked shots. Pat Iavarone scored 18 points, Matt Fennell had 14 points and five rebounds and Andrew Cicuttini scored 11 and added seven boards.

There will be little rest for all the teams, however. The women meet again Saturday (Jan. 25) at 1 p.m. and the men at 3:00 p.m.