Mohawks Roll Into Holidays with Conference Win
The Piggott Mohawks have been idle during the Christmas vacation, but have kept busy in the gym preparing for conference play. The Tribe ended the 2012 portion of their campaign with an impressive 60-52 conference win over Osceola at PHS on Monday, Dec. 17. With that victory the Mohawks stand at 11-3 overall on the season, and 3-0 in 3A-3 conference play. Meanwhile, the junior boys dropped their game to the Seminoles.
Friday night the Mohawks will resume that conference schedule, and in the words of coach David Reynolds, "get down to the real season," with a trip to Earle to face the Bulldogs.
The Tribe got a big game from Lucas Brewer with 22 points, and took advantage of a dismal night at the free throw line for the visitors, as they beat Osceola Dec. 17. The Mohawks jumped out to the early lead on the visiting Seminoles, and enjoyed an 11-6 advantage by the end of the first quarter. In the second frame the Osceola squad rebounded somewhat, but the Mohawks stayed with them to take a 28-21 lead into the locker room at intermission.
The Seminoles came out hot to start the second half of play, and outscored the Mohawks 22-14 in the quarter to take a 43-42 lead into the final frame. But, with just under four minutes left in the fourth quarter the Tribe seemingly came alive and went on to outscore their visitors 18-9 to take the win. "We stepped up the defensive pressure, raised the intensity," Reynolds noted of the turning point in the game.
Along with Brewer's 22 points, which included a 6 for 9 night at the free throw line, the Tribe got 9 points each from Logan Murray and Austin Murray, 7 from Will Jett and another 6 from Trevor Grubb. As a team the Mohawks were 20 of 38 from the charity stripe. For the Seminoles they were led by Korliss Marshall and Trey Simmons with 10 points each, and as a team they converted on just 11 of 30 free throw attempts.
The junior Mohawks continue to improve, but ran into an athletic Osceola squad Dec. 17 and dropped a 52-40 conference loss. On the game the Tribe was paced by Bret Fuller with 14, while Nick Harris had 11 and Logan Dixon finished with 5. As a team the Mohawks were 12 of 22 from the free throw line with two 3-point baskets.
Pacing the Seminoles were Thomas and Adams with 11 points each, and as a team the Osceola squad converted on 11 of 15 free throw attempts.
Both the junior and senior squads will be in action Friday, Jan. 4 as they visit the Earle Bulldogs. The following Monday, Jan. 7, the Rivercrest Colts will visit PHS and the following day, Tuesday, Jan. 8, the Mohawks will host cross-county and conference rivals Corning. That Friday, Jan. 11, the Mohawks will host the Manila Lions for this year's homecoming contest at PHS.