Tribe Split Conference Sets

Thursday, January 30, 2014
The Mohawk's Nicholas Harris drives to the hoop during Monday night's road loss at Harrisburg. (photo courtesy Frank Staples Photography)

After posting a couple of big conference wins over Corning and Rivercrest, the Mohawks fell into a slump in the past week--losing conference games to both Osceola and Harrisburg, and falling to non-conference Caruthersville. The Tribe will look to get back into the win column Friday night at Hoxie, and will take part in a quad set with the girl's teams next Tuesday at Earle.

Osceola

The Mohawks traveled to Osceola Tuesday, Jan. 21 and dropped a 68-61 loss to the talented Seminole. The Tribe had a good night from the floor, but could not offset the balanced attack of their hosts as they dropped the 3A-3 conference tilt.

The Mohawks came out strong in the first quarter of their game at Osceola, and led 15-13 after one. But, the Seminole responded with a 23-11 second period, as they took a 10 point lead into the locker room at the half.

The third period also went to the Seminole, as they outscored the Tribe 17-11 in the frame, but the Mohawks made a late run to keep it close--outscoring their hosts 24-15 in the fourth quarter to set the final score at 68-61.

Austin Murray led the Tribe with 16 points, while Nick McKinnie finished with 14 and Will Jett had 12 in the loss. As a team the Mohawks were 11 of 15 from the free-throw line, or about 73 percent. They also made 4 of 14 three-point shot attempts. Leading the way for the Seminole was Tamas Bruce with 16 points.

Caruthersville

Friday night the Mohawks hosted the talented Caruthersville Tigers, and dropped an 87-61 non-conference decision. The Tigers, paced by Darrell Monroe's 33 points, jumped out early and outscored the Tribe 27-13 in the first quarter. They extended the lead in the second, taking the frame 29-22, and also outscored their hosts in the third quarter 27-15. In the fourth quarter the Mohawks did make a bit of a comeback, taking the frame 11-4 to set the final score.

Murray led the way for the Mohawks with 21 points, including a 5 for 7 performance at the charity stripe. Meanwhile, Will Jett had 13, Harris finished with 9 and McKinnie had 8 points in the loss. On the game the Mohawks hit seven 3-pointers, with four of those coming from Jett.

Harrisburg

The Tribe visited the Harrisburg Hornets Monday night, and dropped a 53-41 decision. The contest was a frustrating one for the squad, and coaches, as the Hornets took advantage of a lopsided differential in foul calls in notching the win. In fact, the Hornets could apparently do little wrong in the eyes of the officials, as they sent the Mohawks to the charity stripe only 5 times on the game while enjoying the luxury of 31 free throw attempts, of which they converted on 18.

The Mohawks came out sluggish and trailed 10-5 by the end of the first quarter. The Tribe then woke-up a bit, and outscored their hosts 18-10 in the second quarter to take a 23-20 lead into the locker room at the half.

The third quarter proved to be a close affair, with the Hornets edging the Mohawks 11-7 to make it a 31-30 Harrisburg lead entering the final frame. But, in the pivotal fourth quarter the Hornets outscored the Mohawks 23-10, with 11 of their points coming on free throws. The Tribe's inside presence was also affected late in the game, as both Trevor Grubb and Nicholas Harris fouled-out.

Will Jett led the Mohawks with 18 points while Austin Murray had 12, including 3 of 3 from the free throw line as he accounted for all of the Tribe's scoring from the charity stripe.

In the earlier contests the seventh grade Mohawks fell 36-30, led by Logan Ralph with 13 points on the game. And, in the junior high contest Josh Lyman had 15, including three 3-point baskets, as the Tribe fell 41-32 to the junior Hornets.

The Mohawks will be back in action Friday, Jan. 31 as they travel to Hoxie to complete this year's series with the Mustangs. On Tuesday, Feb. 4 they'll be on the road at Earle, as the junior and senior boys share a quad-bill with the junior and senior Lady Mohawks. The Tribe will close out the regular season next Friday, Feb. 7 as they observe senior night for the boy's team as they host Manila.

The junior district tournament is set to begin Saturday, Feb. 8 at Hoxie with the games being played on consecutive Saturdays. Seedings and schedule had yet to be determined.

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