Mohawks Stumble in Tourney Play

Thursday, December 18, 2014
Piggott's Beau Jett brings the ball down for the Tribe in their tournament loss to Trumann.(Poinsett County Democrat-Tribune photo/Anthony Cossey)

The Mohawk boy's teams took part in the Pre-Holiday Tournament at Ridgefield Christian in the past week, with the senior boys dropping both games and the junior boys going 1-2 in the bracket. The Tribe was set to begin conference play Tuesday evening at home against Rivercrest, and will be back in action at PHS Friday evening against Hoxie.

Senior Boys

"We played pretty good, looked good most of the time," Coach David Reynolds of his senior boy's teams performance in tournament play. "But, we're still trying to figure out exactly who we are."

The Tribe took on the 4A Trumann Wildcats in the first round of play, and dropped a 67-49 decision. The Trumann squad took advantage of a big fourth quarter in posting the win, and was led on the night by Trevion Simmons with 26 points.

For the Tribe, Nicholas Harris had 20, while Brayden Brewer finished with 13, Logan Dixon had 8 points and Nick McKinnie and Noah May finished with 4 each. As a team the Mohawks completed 4 of 7 free throw attempts. Meanwhile, they sent the Wildcats to the charity stripe 13 times, and they converted on 10 of those.

"We're still trying to find that right mix, I think we've started six or seven different lineups this year," Reynolds noted of the non-conference campaign. "We're just trying different combinations to see what works."

Nettleton

Moving into the consolation bracket, the Mohawks took on Nettleton and fell 72-66 in overtime.

Scoring by quarters had the Mohawks down by three after one, 18-15, and trailing 36-32 at the break. They battled back to make it a 52-46 ballgame entering the fourth quarter and outscored the Raiders in the final frame. "We had Nettleton beat and this kid hits a runner at the buzzer to send it into overtime," Reynolds explained. "After that Nicholas Harris fouled out and we just couldn't hang with them."

Tied at 61-61 at the end of regulation, Nettleton outscored the Tribe 11-5 in the extra frame to take the win.

Leading the way for the Raiders was Finch, who scored 7 of his 29 points in the overtime period. As a team the Mohawks converted on 12 of their 17 free throw attempts in the non-conference loss.

Junior boys

The junior boys played three games in the Pre-Holiday bracket at Ridgefield Christian, all against larger schools. In the first round they ran into the 4A Westside Warriors and dropped a lopsided 53-11 decision. Leading the way for the Tribe was Spencer Hardin with 6.

In the consolation bracket they met the Trumann Wildcats, and posted a 42-38 win. Pacing the Mohawk offense was Josh Lyman with 16, while Hardin was also in double figures with 10, Brier Staples had 7, Elijah Bellers finished with 5 and Brett Burns contributed another 4 points.

With the win over Trumann the junior boys advanced to take on another 4A school, as they faced the Brookland Bearcats.

Scoring by quarters had the Bearcats up 11-9 after the first quarter, and ahead 20-19 at intermission. The score remained much the same throughout the third quarter, as Brookland enjoyed a 33-28 advantage going into the fourth.

But, down the stretch the young Mohawks battled back and the game stood tied at 41-41 at the end of regulation. But the young Mohawks stumbled down the stretch, and in the extra frame Brookland outscored the Tribe 10-4, taking the win 51-45.

Hardin and Lyman had 11 each in the loss, while Trey Gossett finished with 9, Staples had 8, Quentin Reeves had 3 and Elijah Bellers finished with 2. Leading the way for Brookland was Bloodworth, with 19.

Both the junior and senior teams were slated to host Rivercrest in 3A-3 action Tuesday night at PHS, and they're scheduled to host the Hoxie Mustangs Friday evening, Dec. 19. Both squads will then remain idle through the Christmas break, and will host Hillcrest on Friday, Jan. 2.

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