Tribe Shaking-Off Early Season Rust
The Piggott Mohawks boy's team visited the Marmaduke Greyhounds on Thursday, Nov. 12, to begin this year's basketball season, and split on the night with the 'Hounds. The following evening the Tribe traveled to Armorel for a non-conference tilt with the Tigers, and once again split games with their hosts.
The Greyhounds took advantage of a hot night at the free-throw line, and the related foul trouble by the Mohawks, to post a 70-55 win over the Tribe last Thursday at MHS. On the night, Tyler Vowell led the Greyhound offense with 21 points, including 10 for 11 from the charity stripe. Meanwhile, the Mohawks had three players in double figures, but suffered from dismal second and fourth quarters.
"Teams like Marmaduke who run a lot of zone can be a handful for us sometimes," Mohawk Coach David Reynolds said of the game. "We run a lot of man-to-man, and press, and this year there is an increased emphasis on calling hand-checks. We got in foul trouble, and they made their free-throws."
Despite the opening game rust, the Mohawks came out strong on both ends of the floor against the 'Hounds and led the contest 21-20 at the end of the first quarter. But, despite the fact they were facing a relatively bigger, faster and stronger line-up, the Greyhounds stifled the Mohawk offense in the second quarter and took the frame 17-2. The run gave the hosts a 37-23 halftime advantage.
But, the Tribe responded in the third quarter, outscoring their hosts 25-26 in the frame, and pulling back to a five point deficit at 53-48 at the end of three.
Down the stretch the Greyhounds continued to visit the charity stripe, as they outscored the Mohawks 17-7 in the fourth quarter to post the win. On the night the 'Hounds visited the free-throw line 41 times, and converted on 35 of those attempts. Vowell was 10 of 11 from the charity stripe, including 5 for 6 in the fourth quarter. Meanwhile, the Mohawks shot 20 free throws on the night, but only converted on 12--a 23 point differential.
Quinton Mauldin paced the Tribe with 17, including 5 of 6 on free throws, Brayden Brewer had 12, Nicholas Harris finished with 11, Beau Jett fouled-out with 9 and Quentin Reeves, Peyton Mann and Logan Dixon had 2 each.
Rounding out the scoring for the Greyhounds were Lucas Dixon and Bryson Horton with 12 each.
Junior Mohawks vs Marmaduke
The Junior Mohawks also showed season-opening rust Thursday night, but powered over their young visitors convincingly in the second half for a 47-28 win. Dylan Bellers and Trey Gossett had 12 each in the win, while Austin McCoy led the 'Hounds with 15 as regular starter Billy Elder was out.
With most of the squad only a week removed from football season, the Junior Mohawks took some time to get their game on track Thursday evening, as they trailed 13-9 after the first, and 21-16 at the break. But, the Mohawks outscored their hosts 13-7 in the third quarter, then pitched a shut-out frame in the fourth, 18-0, to reach the final.
Also scoring for the Mohawks were Holden Tarno with 7, Michael Salyards with 6 and Michael Palmer with 5 while Bradley Horton had 8 in the loss for the junior Greyhounds.
The Mohawk seventh grade squad also posted a season-opening win at Marmaduke, as they erased a 14-6 first quarter deficit then hung-on for a 30-27 win.
Devin Mantz led the Mohawks with 12, Logan Ralph finished with 7, Tanner Dixon had 6 and Brandon Seal finished with 5. Pacing the Greyhounds was Bryan Haley with 11.
Friday evening the Mohawks traveled to Armorel for a non-conference set with the Tigers, and again split on the night.
The senior Mohawks once again looked strong in the early going of the ballgame, and led 23-22 after the first quarter. But, foul trouble and a hot free-throw shooting opponent, once again doomed the Tribe, as they fell by a final of 56-45.
"We just couldn't seem to hit a thing from the free throw line at Armorel," Reynolds said of the effort.
Leading the way for the Mohawks was Brewer with 18 points, 14 of those coming in the second half. Mauldin was also in double figures with 12 points, 10 of those coming in the first half of play. Mann had 7 points, all in the first half, including 2 three-point-baskets; Nicholas Harris had only 4 points, all coming on free-throws in the second half; Dixon had 2 points on an early field goal and Reeves finished with 2 points on free-throws.
Pacing the Tigers was Dash Winters with 26 points, including a 15 of 17 night at the charity stripe and a perfect 8 for 8 from the line in the fourth quarter of play.
With the loss the Mohawks fell to 0-2 to begin the season. They're slated to visit Maynard this Friday, Nov. 20, and will host the BIC Mustangs Monday night and the Gosnell Pirates Tuesday night at PHS in non-conference play before the Thanksgiving break.
Junior vs Armorel
The Junior Mohawks remained unbeaten at 2-0 Friday night, posting a 38-32 road win at Armorel. Salyards led the Tribe with 9 while Gossett, Bellers and Harris had 6 each; Palmer and Jackson Henfling finished with 4 each and Tarno had 3 points.
Leading the Junior Tigers was Wesley Walls with 11.
The Mohawk seventh grade squad suffered their first defeat, dropping a 30-27 decision at Armorel Friday as they dropped to 1-1. Dixon led the way with 9, Ralph had 8, Mantz finished with 5, Seal had 3 and Austin Fair had 2 points.
Spencer Towery led the young with 13 points, as the hosts rode a 13-4 fourth quarter advantage to the win.
The Mohawk seventh grade and junior high teams will also be in action at Maynard Friday night and Monday and Tuesday, as Buffalo Island Central and Gosnell visit PHS for non-conference play.