Mohawk Boys Notch Non-Conference Wins
The Piggott Mohawk boy's teams wasted little time in resuming their season following the holiday break, as they hosted non-conference Hillcrest for a set at PHS on Friday, Jan. 2. The Tribe split on the night, with the seventh grade and senior teams posting decisive victories, while the junior boys dropped their game to the Screamin' Eagles. The Mohawks were also back on the hardwood Monday night, splitting a non-conference set on the road at Ridgefield Christian, with the senior team notching another win as the junior boys continued to struggle from the floor.
The Mohawks began 2015 with a non-conference home set last Friday, as they hosted Hillcrest at Piggott High. And, like the Hoxie game prior to the break the Mohawks were coached by assistant Alan Rabjohn, as head coach David Reynolds was unavailable due to a family emergency.
But, the Tribe was up to the challenge from the 2A Screamin' Eagles, as they got a 20 point night from Logan Dixon as he came off the bench and led the squad to a 70-53 win. Actually, the Hillcrest squad jumped out to an early lead in the ballgame, and posted a strong third quarter, but the Mohawks were able to battle from behind with a big fourth.
Shaking off the rust of the holiday break the two teams played a somewhat sloppy first quarter, as Hillcrest took a 14-9 lead. But, the Mohawks outscored the visitors 23-16 in the second quarter as they took a 32-30 advantage into the locker room at the half.
Adjustments made at intermission favored the Screamin' Eagles, as they came out in the third and outscored the Mohawks 20-10, to take a 50-42 lead into the final frame. But, down the stretch the Tribe stepped up their defensive presence, and began to find seams in the Hillcrest defense, as they outscored the visitors 28-3 in the frame, cruising to the win.
Dixon had a strong game, with 12 of his 20 points coming in the second half. He was also a very effective 7 of 9 from the free throw line, including a perfect 6 for 6 in the fourth quarter. Also in double figures for the Mohawks was Brayden Brewer with 17, while Nick McKinnie finished with 8, Nicholas Harris and Beau Jett finished with 7 each, Quinton Mauldin added another 6 and Peyton Mann finished with 5.
As a team the Mohawks converted on 15 of 21 trips to the charity stripe.
As for the Screamin' Eagles, they were led by Dyllan Nunnally with 28 of their 53 points, including four three-pointers. As a team Hillcrest was 9 of 13 from the stripe, although somewhat surprisingly Nunnally had no free-throws on the game.
The junior Mohawks continued to have trouble scoring in their contest with Hillcrest, and dropped a 45-32 decision. Scoring by quarters had the Screamin' Eagles up 9-5 after one, and ahead 21-15 at the break. The Mohawks stepped up their defense in the third and outscored their visitors 11-9 in the frame, as Hillcrest took a 30-26 lead into the fourth. And, down the stretch the Eagles outscored the Tribe 15-6, as they held on for the non-conference win.
Leading the way for the Tribe was Brett Burns with 8, while Quinton Reeves finished with 7, Brier Staples and Trey Gossett had 5 each, Dylan Bellers had 4, Josh Lyman finished with 2 and Elijah Bellers had a free-throw. As a team the Mohawks converted on 11 of 15 trips to the free throw line.
Meanwhile, the Hillcrest squad was paced by Tyson Durham with 13, and as a team they were 12 of 17 from the charity stripe.
In the early game the talented Mohawk seventh grade squad continued to dominate the majority of their opponents, as they cruised to an easy 37-18 win. Ben Holcomb led the way with 10, while Michael Palmer finished with 9 and Holden Tarno had 8 points in the victory.
Monday evening the Tribe was back in action on the road, as they made the trip to the south edge of Jonesboro to take on the Warriors of Ridgefield Christian. The senior team, coming off the home win on Friday, continued to have a hot hand and took their contest easily by a final of 82-55. On the night the Tribe had four players in double figures, as they also had the chance to give the bench players a good workout.
The Mohawks proved to be a handful for the Warriors, rolling to a 24-14 lead by the end of the first quarter. As the game progressed they continued to dominate, outscoring their hosts 31-19 in the second frame as they took a 55-33 lead into the locker room at intermission. In the second half the Tribe began to substitute freely, but still outscored their hosts 12-8 in the third and 15-14 in the fourth to ice the win.
Dixon was once again top scorer as he had 17 points, with 15 of those coming in the first half. Harris was also a force to be reckoned with as he scored 16, while Jett came off the bench and scored 12 points, including 9 in the fourth quarter. Also in double figures was Mauldin with 10, while Brewer finished with 9, McKinnie had 6, Jordan Blascoe came off the bench and contributed 5, Mann had 4 points and Jacob Wellman finished with 3 as he came off the bench as well. As a team the Mohawks were 6 of 10 from the free throw line.
As for the Warriors, they were led by Heath Schatzer with 15 points, all in the first half, while Wyatt Morris was also in double figures with 11.
With the wins the Mohawks pulled even at 6-6 on the season.
Despite two players in double figures, the junior Mohawks dropped their game to the Warriors by a final of 49-40. Dooming the Tribe were both a slow start in the first quarter, and a weak third, as they dropped the non-conference game.
Scoring by quarters saw the Warriors take a 13-9 lead after one, although the Mohawks outscored their hosts 13-11 in the second to pull to 24-22 at the break. Ridgefield Christian came out and won the third quarter 12-4, as they extended their lead to 36-26 going into the final frame. The fourth quarter was fairly even, as the Mohawks outscored their hosts 14-13 in the frame, but it was too-little, too-late.
Burns finished with 13 to pace the squad, including 3 three-pointers, but a disappointing 2 of 7 from the free throw line. Also in double figures was Reeves with 10, while Spencer Hardin finished with 6, Dylan Bellers fouled out late with 5, Elijah Bellers also had 5 points and Gossett finished with a free-throw. As a team the Mohawks were 8 of 21 from the stripe.
For the Warriors, Scholtens had 15 to lead the team, including 10 points in the pivotal second half. As a team Ridgefield Christian visited the charity stripe 27 times, converting on a dismal 12 of those attempts.
The junior and senior boys were slated to be in action Tuesday evening, as they were scheduled to host the Maynard Tigers at PHS. They'll swing back into conference play this Friday, Jan. 9, with a trip to Corning to take on the Bobcats. Next Tuesday, Jan. 13, they're slated to host the Manila Lions and on Friday, Jan. 16, they'll travel to Osceola to take on the Seminole in 3A-3 conference play.