The Mohawk's Roller-Coaster Week
The Piggott Mohawks are coming off a bit of a roller-coaster of a week. The squad traveled to Hoxie last Tuesday and struggled to a 46-37 conference loss to the Mustangs, then Friday night they rebounded with one of their best games of the year, beating Corning for homecoming 92-81 at PHS. Saturday they had the chance to play the early game, prior to the Three Rivers Raiders contest at Poplar Bluff and notched a 76-65 non-conference victory.
The Mohawks visited Hoxie last week, and had a weak night from the floor as they fell to the Mustangs 46-37 in a low-scoring affair.
Both teams came out cold in the first quarter of play, as the Mohawks trailed 8-7 after the first. Hoxie took the second frame 10-6, and enjoyed an 18-13 lead at intermission. The host team also outscored the Tribe in the third, taking the quarter 12-9 to extend their lead to 30-22. Down the stretch the Mohawks played even, as they scored 15 in the fourth quarter to 16 for the Mustangs, but it was too-little-too-late as they took the loss.
Brayden Brewer was the only Mohawk scoring in double figures as he finished with 13, while Beau Jett had 6, Nicholas Harris and Quinton Mauldin had 5 each and Logan Dixon and Nick McKinnie finished with 4 each. Leading the way for the Mustangs was Carpenter with 12.
The Mohawks bounced back from the loss to Hoxie Friday night in grand style, beating their cross-county rival Corning Bobcats 92-81 for homecoming at PHS. The Mohawks had five players score in double figures on the night, led by Brewer's 20. They also had a strong night at the free-throw line, converting on 17 of 23 attempts.
With a capacity crowd in attendance, the Mohawks jumped on the Bobcats early and enjoyed a 24-9 lead after the first quarter. The two teams played fairly even in the second frame, with the Tribe edging the visitors 19-18 in the period to take a 43-27 lead into the locker room at the half.
In the second half the Bobcats began to work the ball inside, and outscored their hosts 24-21 in the third, as the Mohawks were up 16 going into the final frame. Down the stretch Corning got several big baskets, but each time the Mohawks answered, and although they were outscored 30-25 in the fourth quarter they held on for the 11 point conference victory.
Along with Brewer's 20, the Mohawks got a solid performance from Jett with 19, while Dixon and Mauldin finished with 17 each, Harris was also in double figures with 10 and McKinnie finished with 6. For the Bobcats, Chase Watson had 19 in the loss.
Saturday evening the Tribe had the honor of playing the early game prior to the Three Rivers Raiders contest in the Bess Activity Center in Poplar Bluff. Once again the Mohawks had six players score in double figures, as they erased a first half deficit to post a 76-65 non-conference victory.
The first half went to the Wildcats, as they jumped to a 21-15 lead by the end of the first quarter. But, the Tribe responded in the second and outscored Cooter 15-12 in the frame to cut the lead to three points, 33-30, at the break.
The Mohawks came out of the locker room following the halftime intermission and stepped-up their game, taking the third quarter 20-15 and outscoring the Wildcats 26-17 in the fourth to set the final score.
Mauldin had a big game for the Tribe with 16, Harris finished with a strong 14, McKinnie had 13 and Jett added another 12. Brewer and Dixon were also in double figures with 10 each, while Peyton Mann had a field goal. As a team the Mohawks converted on 16 of 22 trips to the charity stripe.
Leading the way for the Wildcats in the loss was Riley Hickerson with 18.
The boys were slated to visit Manila Tuesday evening in 3A-3 conference play, and are slated to wrap-up the conference campaign at home Friday as they host Osceola. On Tuesday, Feb. 10, they're scheduled to host Walnut Ridge and on Thursday, Feb. 12, will observe senior night as they host the Rector Cougars at PHS.