Mohawks working to overcome poor free throw shooting

Monday, November 29, 2010

The Mohawks had a tough night Friday, falling to Tuckerman, 77-65, in Piggott. Tuckerman led after each quarter: 19-14; 36-23 ad 54-44.

The Mohawks continued to have difficulties at the free throw line, making just two of 10 attempts from the charity stripe. The poor performance at the line is something head coach Josh Robbins and his squad have been working to improve.

"We see that's an area where we definitely have been having some difficulty," Robbins said. "Free throws could be a strength for us because of our post play, but that hasn't been the case so far. We're coming into the gym and shooting 100 free throws a day, and that could be as many as 200 before it's all said and done, in an effort to shoot better from the free throw line. We're putting in the time because that's definitely something we've got to fix."

The Mohawks had good balance on their offense, as four players scored in double figures on the night. Jon Perkins paced Piggott with 19 points. Hayden McMillon added 16 points on the night. Alek Samples and Tanner Murray notched 15 and 11 points, respectively, in the loss. Collin Benbrook and Beau Wicker rounded out the Piggott scoring with two points each.

Trey Francis had a game-high 22 to lead Tuckerman. Justin Watkins and Cade Nismonger also reached double figures for the guests, scoring 19 and 11, respectively.

Juniors Win

The Junior Mohawks imposed their will upon Tuckerman, drumming the visitors to the tune of 51-27. Piggott jumped out to a 15-4 lead after the first frame and never looked back, leading 35-11 at intermission and 50-16 going into the fourth quarter.

"I thought we looked pretty good," Robbins said. "We've got a chance to be really good in junior high. The pieces are there for us, it's just a matter of putting it all together and executing every night. We've been playing hard overall, and I'm proud of our effort."

Will Jett had a huge night for the Junior Mohawks, rattling off a game-high 20 points.

"He's a really good shooter and he had one of those nights like he's capable of having," Robbins said. "When you've got somebody playing like that, it's usually a good night."

Austin Murray, Nick Haywood and Bradley Stephens added seven points each for Piggott in the victory. Also scoring for the Junior Mohawks were John Lack 3, Richard Shaw 2, Nick McKinnie 2, Caleb Benbrook 2 and J.P. Vavak 1.

Gosnell Loss

The Mohawks fell to host Gosnell last Tuesday, 51-42. Piggott led early, taking a 12-9 advantage into the second frame. The hosts moved ahead 22-19 at halftime and led 34-29 through three quarters.

Shooting woes at the line hampered both teams on the night. The Mohawks managed just seven of 28 from the charity stripe. Gosnell didn't fare much better, connecting on just nine of 21 at the free throw line.

Tanner Murray finished with 14 points leading the Mohawks on the night. Also scoring were Perkins 9, Lucas Brewer 9, McMillon 4, Samples 2 and Nathan Strickland 1.

Junior High

The Junior Mohawks struggled on the road at Gosnell, falling 48-24 to their hosts. Piggott trailed throughout: 13-2; 25-9 and 37-17.

Shaw and Jett notched six points each to lead the Junior Mohawks. Also scoring for Piggott were Haywood 4, Austin Murray 3, Stephens 2, Jordan Blascoe 2 and McKinnie 1.

The Mohawks were slated to host Corning Tuesday night before heading to Earle Friday night.

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