Tribe Splits Pair with Mustangs

Thursday, January 31, 2013
Will Jett splits defenders as he puts up a layup in last week's senior boy's contest against Hoxie. Also pictured are, from left: Trevor Grubb (24) Lucas Brewer (33) and Austin Murray (15).

The Piggott Mohawks split a pair with the Hoxie Mustangs Friday night at PHS. As they did in their first meeting at Hoxie, the junior boys thumped the young visitors from Lawrence County. And, as they did in their first meeting, the senior squads went tooth-and-nail down to the wire with the decision going to the visitors.

Just a little over a week after their first meeting of the season, the Tribe and the Mustangs squared off a PHS Friday. In the game at Hoxie the Mohawks had tied the contest late on a basket by Lucas Brewer, and then easily handled their hosts in the overtime period for the win. Friday night the game would again come down to the final seconds, with the Mohawks trailing by just one point. And, again it was Brewer down low with the opportunity--but this time the shot wouldn't fall.

In keeping with a season long trend, the Mohawks came out cold and found themselves down 18-11 by the end of the first quarter. But, the Tribe would wake-up by the second quarter and battle back into the contest. Outscoring the Mustangs 19-11 in the frame, they took a 30-29 lead into the locker room at intermission.

The Mohawks continued to hold the edge in the third period, and extended their lead to 46-42 by the start of the fourth quarter.

The final frame of the contest was a contentious affair, as the Mustangs battled their way back into the contest. By the 5:20 mark in regulation they had tied the game, and for the remaining minutes there would be numerous ties and lead changes.

With 1:23 to play the game was tied for the final time, and moments later the Mustangs took a 56-54 lead. Austin Murray was then fouled, and went to the line where he missed the first attempt but made the second. That set the score at 56-55.

On the following possession Murray got a jump-ball call on the Hoxie ball handler, and the possession arrow gave it back to the Tribe with 8.2 to play.

Following a timeout, the Mohawks worked the ball quickly in to Brewer to go for the win. Lucas put up two shots, amid a great deal of contact, but couldn't get the ball to drop as time expired. Leading the way down the stretch for the Mohawks was senior guard Logan Murray, who scored 6 of his 10 points in the final frame.

Brewer finished with 14 points to lead the Tribe on the night, while Austin Murray had 11 and as mentioned Logan Murray was also in double figures with 10. Rounding out the scoring were Will Jett and Trevor Grubb with 6 each while Bradley Stephens and Cody Mantz each had four points.

As a team the Mohawks converted on 8 of 14 free throws, while the Mustangs made 8 of their 12 free throw attempts.

With the loss the Mohawks season record stands at 14-7 and 6-6 in 3A-3 conference play. With the loss to Hoxie Tuesday night's home game against Earle becomes a pivotal contest as to where the Tribe will finish the season in conference play, and where they will be seeded in the upcoming district tournament at Hoxie.

Juniors Win

The Junior Mohawks easily handled the Junior Mustangs Friday night, as they had in their meeting the previous week at Hoxie. The Tribe dominated all but the fourth quarter of play, allowing the Mustangs to cut into what was already an insurmountable lead. But, the young Mohawks still prevailed by a final of 65-47 in the conference game.

The larger and more athletic Mohawks came out and made a statement in the first quarter of play. Holding the visitors to just four points in the frame they enjoyed a 12-4 advantage by the end of one. The Mustangs tried to battle back in the second, but the Tribe doubled-them up by intermission as they took a 26-13 lead into the break.

The third period was also all Mohawks, as they outscored the visitors 23-12 in the period to take a 49-25 advantage. But, down the stretch Hoxie's James Johnson threw in 10 of his team-high 15 points as the Mustangs won the quarter--but lost the game by 18 points.

Bret Fuller and Nick Harris each had 15 for the Tribe in the win, while Quinton Mauldin finished with 12 and Beau Jett was also in double figures with 11. Jett scored nine of his points on 3-point baskets, and played much of the late minutes with four fouls. Rounding out the scoring were Logan Dixon and Brayden Brewer with 7 and 5 respectively.

As a team the junior boys were 6 of 8 from the free throw line, while the Mustangs converted on 11 of their 18 attempts.

The junior boys extend their season record to 10-6 with the win, and 8-3 in 3A-3 conference play.

Both the junior and senior boys were scheduled to host Earle in a four-game set with the Lady Mohawks Tuesday. The Tribe will visit the Manila Lions this Friday, Feb. 1 and still have a contest with Rivercrest to make up from an earlier cancellation.

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