Mohawk Junior, Seventh Grade Boys in Action

Tuesday, December 23, 2014
Junior Mohawk Spencer Hardin is set to shoot free throws in Friday night's win over Hoxie. Also pictured for the Tribe is Brett Burns (1).

The Mohawk junior high squad dropped a lopsided loss to Rivercrest last Tuesday, Dec. 17, and then rebounded with a come-from-behind win over Hoxie Friday night at PHS. The seventh grade Mohawks also took their contest with the Mustangs, affording the Tribe a rare sweep of conference games at the local gym.

Rivercrest

The junior Mohawks hosted Rivercrest last Tuesday, Dec. 17, and dropped a 58-29 conference decision. The talented young Colts got 12 from Kentavious Robinson in posting the win, while the Mohawks suffered through a cold night from both the floor and the free throw line.

The Colts jumped out to the early lead in the contest, and enjoyed a 16-8 advantage by the end of the first quarter. They continued to outscore the Tribe in the second frame, as well, and took a 31-12 lead into the locker room at the half.

The second half wasn't much better for the young Mohawks, as Rivercrest extended their lead to 46-20 by the end of three, and then cruised to the win.

Dylan Bellers led the Mohawks in scoring with 11, while Trey Gossett finished with 7 and Brier Staples had 4 in the loss. As a team the Mohawks converted on just 11 of 23 free throws, while the Colts were even worse, and made 5 of 11 shots at the charity stripe.

Hoxie

The junior Mohawks bounced back from the lopsided loss against Rivercrest, and posted a 40-36 win over Hoxie Friday evening at PHS. Despite trailing early, the Mohawks battled back in the second half to take the lead and eventually the win.

A cold first quarter was the story for the Tribe Friday night, as they trailed the Mustangs 13-6 after the first period. But, the Mohawks stepped-up their defensive effort in the second quarter and pulled to within 6 at the halftime break, as Hoxie held-on to a 19-13 lead.

But, the Mohawks began to show more muscle in the third quarter, and by mid-way through the frame had tied the ballgame. They continued to show more dominance as the period progressed, as the Tribe took a 30-28 lead into the fourth quarter.

Down the stretch the Mohawks got key baskets from Hardin, Bellers and Josh Lyman as they held on for the 4-point win.

Hardin led the Mohawks with 13 in the win, while Bellers, Lyman and Quentin Reeves had 7 points each. Leading the way for the Mustangs was Chase Moore with 18. As a team the Mohawks were a dismal 4 of 11 from the free throw line while Hoxie converted on 6 of 14 trips to the charity stripe.

Seventh Grade

In the early game Friday night, the Piggott seventh grade Mohawks put up a gallant effort and held on for a one-point win over the visiting Mustangs by a final of 26 to 25.

Leading the way for the squad was Holden Tarno with 8, while Michael Palmer finished with 7, Jackson Henfling had 6 and Cooper Harris finished with 3 in the win.

All of the Mohawk boy's teams will remain idle through the current holiday break, and will be back in action on Friday, Jan. 2, as they host Hillcrest at PHS in non-conference play. They're also scheduled to visit Ridgefield Christian on Monday, Jan. 5, with just the junior and senior teams slated for action.

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