Mohawks Beat Bobcats, Upset Colts But Fall to Lions and 'Noles

Thursday, January 23, 2014
Piggott's Will Jett makes an athletic drive to the basket around Corning's Chase Watson (3) in last Tuesday night's Mohawk win. Trailing the play are the Bobcat's Russel Cox (23) and the Mohawk's Nicholas Harris (12).

The Piggott Mohawks made a strong showing in the past week, posting two important conference wins and a good outing against one of the top 3A teams in the state. Tuesday night the Tribe hosted Osceola in yet another key 3A-3 matchup, but fell by 7 points to the talented Seminole.

Corning

The Mohawks hosted the Corning Bobcats Tuesday, Jan. 14 as they looked to sweep their cross-county rivals. Back in November the Tribe had made the trip to Corning, and posted a 21 point win--but the re-match was a close affair which came down to last second heroics by Piggott's Austin Murray.

The Bobcats had an upset on their mind as they visited PHS last week, but the Mohawks came out of the locker room hot and jumped on their visitors 21-13 by the end of the first. The Bobcats responded with more inside presence in the second, and the two squads played to a 9-9 tie in the period--giving the Mohawks a 30-22 advantage at intermission.

But, the Corning squad came out and effectively shut down the Mohawk offense in the third quarter of play behind a strong post presence by Klint Harvey. In the frame they held the Tribe to just 4 points, although they were only able to muster 9 points of their own. The visitors continued to exert pressure in the fourth, and outscored the Tribe 12-9 to tie the contest at 43-43 at the end of regulation. Actually, the Bobcats enjoyed a late lead in the game but a big 3-point basket by Brayden Brewer, and several key free-throws, got the Mohawks the late tie.

In the extra frame both teams got big baskets, but neither squad could pull away. With time running out in the first overtime period the two teams stood tied at 49-49 with just seconds to play. Murray then took the in-bound pass coast-to-coast for a heavily contested layup, giving the Tribe a 51-49 lead with only a few ticks left on the clock. The Bobcats couldn't hit on a long shot at the buzzer, and the Mohawks held on for the emotional conference victory.

Murray led the Tribe with 22 points, including 9 of 11 free throws and three 3-point baskets. The outstanding senior also had 5 rebounds in the win. Meanwhile, Brewer had 8 points and 3 rebounds, and hit two 3-pointers; Will Jett had 8 points, all in the first quarter; Nick McKinnie finished with 4, Nick Harris also had 4 points and Trevor Grubb finished with 3.

Harvey led the Bobcats with 21, while Russel Cox was also in double figures with 11. As a team the Corning squad converted on 15 of 27 free throw attempts, while the Mohawks made 14 of 26 from the charity stripe.

The seventh grade Mohawks also won their contest with Corning by a final of 47-29, paced by Elijah Bellers with 12 and Trey Gossett with 11.

Meanwhile, the junior Mohawks took their contest by a final of 38-33 with Bret Fuller leading the way with 17, while Peyton Mann and Brett Burns had 5 each in the win.

Manila Games

The Mohawks followed up their emotional win over Corning with a trip to Manila and a conference set with the Lions on Friday, Jan. 17. The Manila squad, which is ranked 4th in 3A in one statewide poll, has been on a roll of late but the Mohawks gave their hosts a run for their money.

Both squads came out shooting cold, with the Lions leading 8-4 by the end of the first quarter. But, the Manila squad responded in the second with a 20-13 frame, as they took a 28-17 lead into the locker room at the half.

The Mohawks came out strong in the third quarter, and hung with their hosts in the frame 13-14 as they cut the Lion lead to just 4 entering the fourth quarter, 34-30.

The Mohawks then went out and outscored the Lions 19-15 in the fourth quarter, but Manila was able to hang on to post the 57-49 win.

Jett led the Mohawks with 16, including a 13 point second half before he fouled out late. Meanwhile, Grubb had 10 points, all in the first half, Murray finished with 9, McKinnie had 8 and Harris finished with 6 points. As a team the Mohawks converted on 9 of 14 free throws, while the Lions made 17 of 28 attempts from the charity stripe.

Rivercrest Games

The Mohawks rebounded from Friday night's loss at Manila with an outstanding performance Monday evening, beating the Rivercrest Colts 89-76 at PHS. The Tribe utilized a balanced inside-outside attack, nailed a total of nine 3-pointers and withstood several Colt runs in notching the conference win.

The Mohawks came out of the locker room fired up Monday night, and jumped out to a 25-14 lead over the Colts by the end of the first quarter. The talented Rivercrest squad responded in the second with a 27-10 frame, as they took a 41-39 lead into the locker room at the half.

But, the Mohawks were resilient and came out and started the second half with a 29-10 third quarter as they took a 68-51 lead into the fourth quarter. In the third the Mohawks hit on six of their nine 3-point baskets on the game, and McKinnie stepped up his offensive production as Grubb found himself in foul trouble.

In the fourth the Colts did try to respond with an outside attack, as Thai Harris hit on 13 of his 15 points on the game. But, the Mohawks had a big quarter from the floor and the free throw line, as they hit 11 of 14 shots from the charity stripe in the final frame and held on for the win.

Murray finished with 22, including 5 of 6 on free throws and three 3-pointers, while Jett had 21, including five 3-point baskets, and 5 rebounds. Meanwhile, McKinnie finished with 15, with 12 of those coming in the pivotal second half, along with 5 boards; Grubb fouled out with 12 points and 6 rebounds after making a strong showing and Nicholas Harris was also in double figures with 10.

Marquez Chew had 22 in the loss for the Colts, but was held to just 8 points in the second half by the Mohawk defense.

In the earlier contests the Colts took the seventh grade game 39-30 with Elijah Bellers leading the Tribe with 11. And the junior Mohawks were stifled by the Colt defense, dropping a 30-8 conference decision. Leading the way were Peyton Mann and Josh Lyman with 3 points each.

Following the week's action the senior Mohawks now stand at 9-10 overall, and 4-5 in conference play.

The Tribe will be back in action at home for a non-conference set with the Lady Mohawk senior team Friday evening as the Caruthersville Tigers visit PHS. Next Monday, Jan. 27 they're slated to visit Harrisburg and Friday, Jan. 31 they'll travel to Hoxie for a key conference set with the Mustangs.

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