Tribe Thumps Corning, Falls in Bernie Tourney

Wednesday, December 4, 2013
Mohawk boys basketball coach Dave Reynolds draws up a play during the Tribe's recent home win over Osceola.

The Piggott Mohawks fell to the Twin Rivers Royals by nine points Tuesday evening, and move into the consolation bracket of the Bernie Invitational. Wednesday evening they dropped a 20 point loss to Puxico, as cold shooting plagued the squad. If the weather cooperates, they'll play Thursday afternoon at Campbell.

Last week the Tribe thumped Corning, and next week they'll be playing in the Pre-Holiday Tournament.

The Piggott Mohawks closed out the month of November with a visit to their cross-county rivals, the Corning Bobcats, last Tuesday. The Tribe split on the night, with the seventh grade and junior teams dropping their contests while the senior boys posted a decisive win.

Senior Boys

The Mohawks visited the Bobcats last Tuesday, Nov. 28 and jumped out to an early lead on their hosts--then held on down the stretch to notch a 54-33 conference win. The Tribe posted the win utilizing a balanced attack, with a total of nine Piggott players scoring points in the contest.

Taking advantage of a cold shooting Bobcat team, the Mohawks jumped out to a 20-8 lead by the end of the first quarter. They went on to outscore their hosts 16-7 in the second as they took a 26-15 lead into the locker room at the half.

In the third and fourth quarters the two teams played even, with both squads scoring 10 points in the third period and 8 points in the fourth, resulting in the 21 point win for the Tribe.

Leading the way were Will Jett and Austin Murray with 10 points each, while Brayden Brewer finished with 7, Trevor Grubb and Bradley Stephens had 6 each, Nick McKinnie and Beau Jett had 5 each, Nick Harris had 4 and Caleb Welborn had 1. Leading the way for Corning was Cox with 8 points, all coming in the second half.

As a team the Mohawks were 15 of 20 from the free throw line in the win.

Junior Boys

The Mohawk junior squad dropped their game at Corning by a final of 41-25 last Tuesday, as they trailed the Bobcats throughout. Scoring by quarters had the Corning squad up 9-4 at the end of the first, leading 21-11 at the half and ahead 34-16 going into the fourth quarter.

Leading the way for the Mohawks was Bret Fuller with 9, while Peyton Mann finished with 6, Josh Lyman had 4 and Alex Baber and Quinton Reeves had 2 each. Robinson led the Bobcats in scoring with a game high 14.

The Mohawks also had their issues at the charity stripe, converting on just 5 of 11 free throw attempts.

Seventh Grade

In the early contest at Corning the Mohawk seventh grade squad fell to the Bobkittens 37-30.

The home squad jumped out to an early lead, and held the Tribe scoreless in the first as they led 6-0 at the end of one. The Tribe rebounded somewhat in the second, and trailed 15-7 at the half. The Corning squad outscored the Mohawks 11-8 in the third, as they took a 26-15 lead into the fourth quarter. But, down the stretch the Tribe put on a late push, outscoring their hosts 15-11 in the fourth frame, as they pulled to within 7 at the buzzer.

Top scorers were for the seventh grade Mohawks included Ralph with 9, Gossett with 7 and Bellers with 5, as they move to 2-1 on the season.

Weather permitting, the Mohawks will take on the Campbell Camels, at Campbell, at 4:30 p.m. today, Thursday, Dec. 5 in the consolation bracket of the Bernie Invitational.

Next week the junior and senior teams will take part in the Pre-Holiday Tournament, which is being played this year at Westside.

The junior boys are the sixth seeds, and will take on third seeded Brookland at 4:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 9. With a win they'll take on the winner of the Harrisburg-Ridgefield Christian game at 4:30 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 13. With a loss they'll play at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday against the loser of the contest between Ridgefield Christian and Harrisburg.

The consolation final is set for 4:30 p.m. Thursday, with the third place game set for 3 p.m. Saturday and the championship game at 6 p.m. that night.

The senior boys will play second seeded Nettleton at 8:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 9 in the first round. They'll advance to play wthe winner of the Westside-Harrisburg game at 7:15 p.m. Friday, Dec.13 with a win. With a loss they'll move to the consolation bracket, and will play the loser of that game at 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 10.

The senior boys consolation final will be played at 5:45 p.m. Friday, Dec. 13 with the third place game set for 4:15 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 14 and the boy's championship will be held at 7:30 p.m. that day in the Westside High School gym.

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