Mohawks Split with Lions, Post Two OT Wins

Thursday, January 17, 2013
Logan Murray (12) looks for an entry pass in the Mohawk's homecoming game loss to Manila Friday night. Also pictured for the Tribe are Trevor Grubb (24) and Lucas Brewer (32).

The Piggott Mohawks rode a roller-coaster of emotions last week, winning an exciting overtime game over county rival Corning Tuesday night--then dropping a 13 point homecoming loss to Manila Friday evening. Monday night the Tribe traveled to Hoxie for a make-up game with the Mustangs and swept the night.

Corning Wins

The Corning Bobcats visited PHS Tuesday, Jan. 8, looking to even the season score with the Tribe. Earlier in the year the Mohawks had made the trip to CHS and beat their hosts by 15. Tuesday night the Bobcats made a much better showing, and sent the contest into OT, but were shut-out in the extra frame as they fell 65-56.

As the contest got underway it quickly developed into a very physical affair, and the advantage at the free throw line would help the Tribe to the win. On the game the Mohawks attempted 32 free throws, and converted on 23 of those attempts. Meanwhile, the Bobcats could muster only 8 of 16 from the charity stripe.

Leading the Mohawk offensive attack was Austin Murray with 20 points, including an 8 for 10 night at the free throw line. Lucas Brewer finished with 19, and was 5 of 6 from the charity stripe. Meanwhile, Will Jett was also in double figures with 11 and Logan Murray finished with 8. The Mohawks also had six 3-pointers en-route to the win.

The Bobcats were paced by Trevor Barajas with 19 points while J.T. Woods had 15 and Klint Harvey finished with 10.

"It was an exciting win, but we're going to have to play better than we have been to hang with Manila," coach David Reynolds surmised following the game.

Junior Boys

The junior Mohawks easily handled the Bobkittens last Tuesday at PHS, notching a 56-33 conference win. The Tribe used a balanced attack to record the victory, getting 13 points from Logan Dixon, 12 from Nick Harris, 8 points from Quinton Mauldin and another 7 from Bret Fuller. The junior boys also flexed their defensive muscle, holding the visitors to single digits in all but the first quarter of play.

Scoring by quarters had the Tribe up 18-14 at the end of the first quarter, and 37-22 at the halftime break. The Mohawks extended their lead to 44-28 by the end of the third quarter and cruised to the win.

Leading the way for the Bobkittens was Datton Price with 10 points. As a team the Corning boys were 8 of 9 from the free throw line, with one 3-point basket on the game. Meanwhile, the Mohawks converted on 10 of 14 free throw attempts and had four 3-point baskets--all from different players.

Manila Split

The Manila Lions visited PHS Friday night for basketball homecoming 2013, and earned a split with the Tribe. The senior boys dropped their contest by 13 points, as they Lions had three players in double figures en-route to a 69-56 win.

In the early minutes of the contest the two teams played even, as the Mohawks were able to slow down the tempo and the Manila offensive attack. Although the visitors made an early run, the Tribe kept it close and trailed 12-10 at the end of the first quarter. But, in the second frame the Lions picked-up the intensity and rode that to a 34-24 halftime advantage.

During intermission the Mohawks made adjustments, as they came out and played even with their visitors in the third as each squad scored 15 points. Down the stretch the two teams continued to swap baskets, as Manila was unable to extend their lead. In the fourth quarter of play the Lions outscored the Mohawks by three, giving them the 13 point difference that would be the final score.

Logan Murray led the Mohawk offense on the night with 23 points, including a 10 for 12 night at the free-throw line. In fact, Murray accounted for 12 of the Mohawk's 16 free throw attempts, and 10 of their 11 made shots, on the game. Also in double figures for the Tribe was Will Jett with 13, including three 3-point baskets.

Manila was led by Scott Eubanks with 23, Brady Jones finished with 16 and Caleb Reinhart had 13. As a team the Lions converted on 16 of 22 trips to the free throw line.

Junior Boys

The junior Mohawks had three players in double figures, and held their opponents to just over 10 points a quarter, as they beat the Manila Lions Friday night at PHS. The young Mohawks, who have shown improvement each week of the season, outscored the visitors in every quarter.

As the contest got underway the Mohawks showed their dominance, taking a 16-10 lead by the end of the first frame. The Tribe extended that lead, outscoring the Lions 11-8 in the second, as they enjoyed a 27-18 halftime advantage. The third quarter also went to the Piggott squad, as they outscored the Lions 14-10. And, down the stretch the Mohawks continued to dominate both ends of the floor, as they cruised to the 58-42 conference win.

Pacing the Mohawk offense was Bret Fuller with 18 points, while Logan Dixon had 14 and Nick Harris was also in double figures with 11. Rounding out the Piggott scoring were Quinton Mauldin with 8, Brayden Brewer with 5 and Beau Jett with 2. As a team the Mohawks attempted 20 free throws and converted on 11 of those attempts.

Leading the way for the Lions was Matthew May with 16 while Brady Woodall had 10 points. As a team Manila converted on just 5 of 18 free throw attempts.

Hoxie Sweep

The Tribe made up a conference set with the Hoxie Mustangs Monday night, with the junior squad cruising to an easy win and the senior boys prevailing in overtime.

"We just seem to get off to a slow start, we have all year," Reynolds said of Monday night's come from behind win at Hoxie. The Tribe, coming off the emotional homecoming loss, visited the Mustangs in a contest that had been re-scheduled from earlier in the season due to the football playoffs.

And, as the coach alluded, the Mohawks got off to a shaky start and found themselves down 18-17 at the end of the first quarter, and in a 39-30 deficit by the halftime break.

In the third quarter the Mustangs extended their lead by two more, as they took a 56-45 lead into the fourth quarter. But, the Mohawks rallied in the final frame, outscoring their hosts 19-8 to knot the score at 64-64 at the end of regulation.

In the overtime period the Mohawks outscored the Mustangs 12-3 as they notched the conference win 76-64.

Austin Murray had 20, including three 3-pointers, to lead all scorers. Lucas Brewer had 17, and Logan Murray finished with 16--including 8 big points in the fourth quarter and 4 more in OT. Meanwhile, Will Jett was also in double figures with 13. For the Mustangs, Colton Watson finished with 17.

The Mohawks now stand at 13-6 overall, and 5-3 in 3A-3 conference play.

Junior Boys

The junior Mohawks flexed their offensive and defensive muscle at Hoxie Monday night, easily handling the young Mustangs 54-37. The Tribe held their hosts to single digits in all but the final frame, and converted on 5 of 9 free throw attempts.

Leading the way for the junior squad was Harris with 13, while Fuller finished with 9, Dixon had 9, Lacy and Mauldin finished with 8 each and Beau Jet had 5 win the win. James Johnson paced the junior Mustangs with 8 in the loss.

The junior and senior Mohawks were scheduled to visit the Rivercrest Colts Tuesday, Jan. 15 and will travel to Harrisburg Thursday, Jan. 17. They'll visit Osceola Tuesday, Jan. 22 and will host Hoxie next Friday, Jan. 25 as the second half of the conference season gets underway.

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