Mohawks Drop Two in Conference
The Piggott Mohawks dropped two conference games in the past week, losing at Earle Friday, Jan. 4, and then dropping a close contest to Rivercrest Monday night at PHS. Tuesday evening the Tribe was scheduled to host cross-county rival Corning in conference play at the Piggott gym.
Meanwhile, the junior boys dropped their contest at Earle, but showed a lot of determination in holding on for a win over the Colts Monday evening.
The Tribe rolled into the meat of the conference schedule Friday, Jan.4, as they visited the Earle Bulldogs. Coming off the long holiday break the Tribe came out a bit rusty, and found themselves trailing their hosts early in the contest. By the end of the first frame the Bulldogs were up by a score of 12-9, and they extended that to a 22-16 tally by the end of the first half. But Earle stepped up their production in the second half, scoring 17 in the third quarter and 24 more in the fourth to cruise to the win 63-48.
Leading the way for the Tribe was Logan Murray with 13, while Lucas Brewer finished with 11, Austin Murray had 10, Cody Mantz finished with 8 and Trevor Grubb had 6. Allen and Guess had 13 points each for Earle in the win.
The junior Mohawks dropped a 10 point decision at Earle, as they fell to the host Bulldogs 41-31 in their contest last Friday night. Leading the way for the Mohawks was Nick Harris with 8 points, while Quinton Mauldin and Logan Dixon had 6 points each. Banks paced the Earle offensive attack with 14.
As a team the Mohawks converted on just 9 of 23 free throw attempts as they took the loss.
Rivercrest at PHS
The senior Mohawks got off to another slow start in Monday night's conference game against the Rivercrest Colts, but battled back to keep it close down the stretch. When the dust had cleared the Colts had squeaked out a 66-61 win over the Tribe.
Things started poorly for the Mohawks in Monday night's game, as the Colts used a pressure defense and fast break offense to push out to an early 11-0 lead. But, the Mohawks responded and adjusted their game, going on their own run to make it 11-8. As the first quarter drew to a close the Colts extended their lead to 15-8.
In the second quarter of play the Tribe began to find their scoring groove, and increased their defensive intensity. As the period wound down the Mohawks battled their way back into the ballgame. But, three straight turnovers benefited the visitors as the period drew to a close and the score stood at 29-28 in favor of Rivercrest at the break.
As the third period got underway the Colts stepped up the pressure, and outscored the Tribe 21-15 in the period. But, the Mohawks would not quit and fought their way back into the game as the contest progressed.
Down the stretch the Tribe held their ground, but it was too-little, too-late as the Colts held on for the five point win.
Leading the way for the Mohawks was Trevor Grubb with 14, while Lucas Brewer had 11, Logan Murray finished with 10, Will Jett had 9, Austin Murray finished with 8, Bradley Stephens had 7 off the bench and Mantz finished with 2. Leading the way for the Colts was guard Marquez Chew with 22 points.
As a team the Mohawks shot a respectable 13 for 17 from the free-throw line, while the Colts converted on just 5 of 15 attempts.
With the two losses the senior boys fall to 11-5 on the season and 3-2 in 3A-3 conference play.
The Piggott junior boys continue to show improvement as the season progresses, and that resulted in a big conference win Monday night at PHS. The junior boys, behind a balanced attack, fended off the Rivercrest Colts and posted a 46-40 conference win.
Leading the way for the Tribe was Nick Harris with 11 points on the game, while Bret Fuller and Quinton Mauldin had 9 points each and Logan Dixon finished with 8. Meanwhile, the Colts were paced by Faysheen Virges with 18 points on the night.
Scoring by quarters had the Tribe up 7-5 at the end of one, leading 17-16 at the intermission and ahead 32-27 at the end of the third quarter as they went on to post the win.
Tuesday night all the Mohawk boys' teams were scheduled to be in action at home against Corning. Friday, Jan. 11 is basketball homecoming as the Tribe hosts the Manila Lions at PHS. The Mohawks will get a re-match with Rivercrest next week, as they're scheduled to visit the Colts Tuesday, Jan. 15. Next Thursday, Jan. 17 the squads will visit Harrisburg and Tuesday, Jan.22 the Mohawks will be on the road at Osceola.