Tribe Splits Pair, Thumps Bobcats
The Piggott Mohawks split a pair of games last week, beating non-conference Gosnell last Tuesday night at PHS and then dropping a conference loss to Osceola on Friday. But, the Tribe came back in impressive manner Tuesday, Nov. 26 as they traveled to Corning and pounded their cross county rivals 54-33.
The Piggott Mohawks hosted the Gosnell Pirates in non-conference play at PHS last Tuesday evening, and weathered a late comeback by their visitors to hold on for a three point win.
The Pirates jumped out to the early lead in the contest, and led 15-13 after the first quarter. But, the Mohawks responded with a 21-13 second quarter, and took a 34-28 lead into the locker room at the half.
The Tribe continued to dominate in the third quarter, outscoring their visitors 21-17 in the frame, as they led 55-45 entering the fourth quarter. But, the Pirates put on a late run and outscored their hosts 25-18 in the fourth quarter, as the Mohawks held on for the three point win, 73-70.
Leading the way for the Mohawks was Austin Murray with 22 points, including 11 of 14 from the free throw line. Meanwhile, Will Jett had 20 points and Braden Brewer was also in double figures with 10.
As a team the Mohawks converted on 30 of 42 free throw attempts, and hit on 7 three-point baskets. Leading the way for the Pirates in the loss was Rod Jones with 36 points.
Meanwhile, the seventh grade Mohawks also posted a win, 19-18, while the junior boys were plastered 63-22 with Bret Fuller leading the scoring with 12.
Friday, Nov. 22 the Mohawks traveled to Osceola for a conference game and fell by a final of 81-63. The talented Seminole led from wire-to-wire, jumping out to a 12-10 lead after the first quarter; extending it to 43-34 by halftime and outscoring the Mohawks 18-15 in the third quarter and 20-14 in the final frame.
Senior guard Austin Murray once again led the Mohawks in scoring with 23 points, and converted on 13 of a game high 21 free throw attempts. Meanwhile, Nick Harris was also in double figures with 11 points in the loss.
The Mohawks got 10 each from Murray and Jett to ice the Bobcats Tuesday evening, and go into the Thanksgiving break on a high note. The Tribe led throughout, jumping out to a 36-15 halftime advantage and cruising to the 21 point conference win.
With the victory they move to 2-2 on the season and 1-1 in conference play.
In the early contests at CHS, the junior Mohawks dropped their game by a margin of 41-25, and the seventh grade squad was edged 37-30.
Tuesday night's conference game at Corning was the final regular season game for the Mohawks until 2014, as they'll be in tournament play throughout the month of December. The Mohawks had originally planned to defend their championship in the Cooter Invitational Tournament beginning Monday, Dec. 2, but will instead take part in the Bernie Invitational. The Tribe will take on the Royals of Twin Rivers at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 3 and with a win will advance to take on the winner of the Puxico-Bloomfield game at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 5. With a loss they'll move into the consolation bracket, and will face the loser of that game at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 5. The consolation championship will be played at 5:30 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 6, followed by the third place game at 7 p.m. and the championship game at 8:30. The bracket also includes the host Bernie Mules, along with the Campbell Camels, Risco Tigers and Holcomb Hornets.
The Mohawks will also take part in the Pre-Holiday tournament at Westside Dec. 9 to 14, and the Clarkton Christmas Tournament Dec. 16 to 20, but the team has no regular season games scheduled during the month.
They'll return to conference play on Jan. 3 with a home set against the Harrisburg Hornets.