Mohawk Boys Suffering Through Rough Stretch

Thursday, January 22, 2015
Piggott's Brayden Brewer handles the ball for the Tribe in last week's home loss to Manila.(TD photo/Tim Blair)

After winning five games in a row, the Piggott Mohawks dropped three straight in the past week. Last Tuesday the Tribe blew a 10 point halftime lead and lost at home to Manila, and then Friday night they dropped a 3A-3 conference game at Osceola. Monday night they hosted non-conference Caruthersville, and despite a couple of strong performances fell by four points.

There was also a scare for the Tribe in the loss to the Tigers Monday night, as junior guard Brayden Brewer bumped heads with another player and suffered a severe gash between the eyes. According to Coach David Reynolds, he was taken to Piggott Community Hospital and the injury required five stitches. The injury occurred mid-way through the second half, and it is currently unknown when he'll be able to return to action.

Manila

The Mohawks hosted the Lions on Tuesday, Jan. 13, and fell by a final of 61-58. The loss was a bitter one, as the Tribe had led throughout the contest, including a 37-27 advantage at the break. The Tribe also had a chance to tie the game late, with Piggott's Brayden Brewer getting off a three-point shot at the buzzer which was just off the mark.

Leading all scorers were Caleb Reinhart and Thomas Davis with 18 each for the Lions, while the Mohawks were paced by Nicholas Harris' 18, while Nick McKinnie was also in double figures with 11. Brewer finished with 9, while Logan Dixon and Beau Jett had 8 each and Quinton Mauldin finished with 6. As a team the Mohawks were 17 of 21 from the charity stripe, while Manila converted on 10 of 18 free throw attempts.

Osceola

The Mohawk visited the Seminole of Osceola Friday evening and dropped a 68-56 decision. The Tribe was outscored 13-6 in the first and 17-12 in the second quarter, but outscored their hosts 21-15 in the third. The Seminole then took the fourth quarter 23-17 to set the final score.

Sophomore Peyton Mann led the Tribe with 13, while Harris finished with 12 and Brewer was also in double figures with 10. To round out the scoring, Dixon had 9, McKinnie finished with 8 and Mauldin had 4 points in the loss.

Caruthersville

Monday evening the Tribe hosted Caruthersville at PHS, and despite a strong night from the floor dropped an 80-76 non-conference decision. Strong rebounding by the Mohawks, poor free throw shooting by both teams and physical play were the order of the night.

Scoring by quarter had the Tigers up 19-17 after one, but the Tribe tied the game at 40-40 by the break. In the third quarter Caruthersville went on a run, and enjoyed a 65-56 advantage going into the final frame. But, despite the injury to Brewer earlier in the half, the Mohawks continued to battle down to the wire, but came up just short.

Tyrone Alston led all scorers with 28 for the Tigers, while Harris stepped-up for the Tribe with 24 and Dixon finished with 23. Brewer had 11 before leaving with the injury, and Jett finished with 8 in the loss. McKinnie and Mauldin both fouled out late, but also made contributions at both ends of the floor.

But, the tale of the tape was at the free throw line as the Mohawks converted on just 23 of 41 free throw attempts, while the Tigers were 19 of 40 from the charity stripe.

With the losses the Mohawk record falls to 8-9 overall and 2-3 in conference play. They're slated to be back in action this Friday, Jan. 23, as they travel to Rivercrest to take on the Colts. They will visit Hoxie next Tuesday, Jan. 27 and will host the Corning Bobcats for basketball homecoming on Friday, Jan. 30.

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