Mohawks Wrap Up Hectic Week

Thursday, February 7, 2013
Nick Harris drives to the basket in Saturday's junior Mohawk win over Hoxie in the district tournament at Corning.

The Piggott Mohawks finished a hectic week Saturday, with both the junior and senior boys playing three games and four days to wrap-up the conference schedule. Saturday, the junior Mohawks traveled to Corning for their first round district tournament contest and eliminated the Hoxie Mustangs.

Earle Games

The Earle Bulldogs visited PHS Tuesday, Jan. 29, along with the girl's teams, and swept the Mohawks.

In senior action, the Tribe had a good scoring night--but had no answer for the Bulldog's Autry Allen as he threw-in a game high 37 points. Scoring by quarters saw the Bulldogs jump out to the early lead as they were up 24-17 by the end of one. In the second period the Tribe responded, and outscored their visitors 15-12 in the frame to cut the lead to four at intermission. The Mohawks also won the third quarter, outscoring the Earle squad 19-16 in the frame to cut the lead to just one. But, the fourth quarter went to the Bulldogs as they outscored the Mohawks 18-12 down the stretch for the seven point conference win.

Leading the way for the Mohawks was Austin Murray with 16, while Logan Murray and Lucas Brewer had 14 each; Bradley Stephens and Will Jett had 7 points each and Cody Mantz had 5. As a team the Mohawks converted on 16 of 25 trips to the free throw line, while the Bulldogs made 13 of 20 from the charity stripe.

Junior Boys

The junior Mohawks got 22 points from Nick Harris, including 10 of 11 free throws, but it wasn't enough as they fell to Earle 55-32 last Tuesday. The young Bulldogs, paced by B. Murry with 21, jumped out to an early lead on the Tribe and outscored their hosts in all but the final quarter.

Also scoring for the Mohawks were Bret Fuller with 5 and Logan Dixon with 4 points in the conference loss. As a team the Bulldogs converted on just 5 of their 13 free throw attempts, while the Mohawks made 17 of 20.

Rivercrest

The Mohawks traveled to Rivercrest Thursday, Jan. 31 and made up a conference set with the Colts that had previously been postponed. The Tribe got a big night from Will Jett with 27, including 19 points in the second half, as they beat their hosts 62-57 to gain the season split. Meanwhile, the junior boys took the Colts into OT before notching a three point win.

As they normally do, the Tribe got off to a slow start at Rivercrest and found themselves down 15-13 by the end of the first quarter. The Colts extended that lead in the second, and enjoyed a 33-21 advantage at intermission. But, the Mohawks made adjustments at halftime and came out and outscored their hosts 23-16 in the third to cut the lead to 5 points, 49-44 going into the fourth quarter. But, down the stretch the Mohawks outscored the Colts 18-8 to take the win. For Rivercrest, the game was lost at the free throw line as they converted on just 3 of 13 attempts.

Along with Jett's 27 points, Lucas Brewer and Austin Murray had 11 points each, Stephens finished with 6, Trevor Grubb had 4 and Mantz finished with 3 points. As a team the Tribe converted on 17 of 23 free throws. Khalil Williams paced the Colts on the night with 19.

Junior Boys

The junior Mohawks got another big game from Nick Harris, as they beat the Colts 57-54 in overtime Thursday night. Harris led all scorers, and played a pivotal role in the Tribe's second half comeback.

The two teams played fairly even in the first quarter, with Rivercrest up 10-8 at the end of one. The Colts stretched that lead with a 19-6 second quarter, and enjoyed a 29-14 halftime advantage. But, the Tribe responded in the second half and outscored their hosts 12-4 in the third and 14-7 in the fourth to knot the game at 40-40 at the end of regulation. In the overtime frame the Mohawks outscored the Colts 14 to 12, with Harris accounting for 10 of the Mohawk points.

Leading the way for Rivercrest was Fuisham Virgies with 25 points. As a team the Mohawks converted on 18 of 22 free throw attempts, including 3 of 4 by Bret Fuller in OT, while the Colts made just 3 of their 15 free throw attempts.

Manila Games

Coming off those two tough conference games, the Tribe traveled to Manila Friday, Feb. 1 and dropped both games to the Lions.

The senior boys hung with the Lions in the first quarter of play, but were outscored in the other three frames as they fell by a final score of 55-43. Leading the way for the Mohawks was Lucas Brewer with 13, while Austin Murray finished with 12, Grubb had 9, Will Jett finished with 5 and Logan Murray had 4 points in the loss. Brady Jones led all scorers for the Lions with 21 as they wrapped up the top seed in next week's district tournament at Hoxie.

Junior Boys

The junior Mohawks got out to an early lead at Manila Friday night, but saw that advantage slip away in the second half as they fell 41-32. Scoring by quarters had the Mohawks up 16-7 after the first quarter, and leading 23-16 by the halftime break. But, the Lions outscored the Mohawks 9-4 in the third quarter, and 16-5 in the fourth, to take the win.

Brayden Brewer led the Mohawks on the night with 7, Beau Jett finished with 6 and Logan Dixon and Harris had 4 points each. Leading the way for the junior Lions was Logan Hamilton with 9.

Junior District

Despite the busy week, the junior Mohawks beat the junior Hoxie Mustangs for the third time this year Saturday morning in their first round district tournament game at Corning.

The junior boys jumped out to a 12-6 lead by the end of the first quarter, and extended that to a 25-16 advantage by intermission. They stumbled a bit in the third, but outscored Hoxie by one in the period. In the fourth they outscored the young Mustangs 10-7, to take the 41-30 decision and eliminate Hoxie from the bracket.

Harris was once again top scorer with 14, while Quinton Mauldin was also in double figures with11. Rounding out the Mohawk's offensive assault were Logan Dixon with 9, Jett with 4, Brewer with 2 and Fuller with one point.

With the win the junior Mohawks advance to the second round, and a 7:45 p.m. start Wednesday, Feb. 6, against the Earle junior Bulldogs at Corning High School.

The senior boys were scheduled to visit Crowley's Ridge Academy Tuesday, Feb. 5. They'll take part in a senior night twin bill with the Lady Mohawks Thursday, Feb. 7 as they host the Rector Cougars. The seniors will be introduced beginning at 5:30 p.m. prior to the Lady Mohawk contest. The senior boy's first round district tournament game at Hoxie will be played at 6 p.m. Monday, Feb. 11 as they take on the Harrisburg Hornets for the fifth time this season. With a win they'll advance to play the host Mustangs at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 12. A win over the Mustangs will earn the Mohawks a shot at top seeded Manila at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 15. The boy's district final will be played at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 16 at Hoxie High School.

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