Mohawk Boys Roll Into Holidays With Wins
In a classic "good news, bad news" scenario the Piggott Mohawks cruised into the holiday break with a pair of conference wins. Last Tuesday, Dec. 15, the Mohawks visited Rivercrest with the junior and senior teams posting wins. Friday night the Tribe visited Hoxie, and split with the senior squad notching another win. The victories were gained in spite of injuries to a pair of key starters, as Quinton Mauldin was sidelined with an ankle injury against Brookland in the Pre-Holiday Tournament and Nicholas Harris went down with a similar injury in the early going of the game at Rivercrest.
But, the other Mohawks starters, most notably Brayden Brewer, and the bench players responded and posted the back-to-back wins.
The Tribe had a hot night from the floor, and the charity stripe, in last week's win at Rivercrest. The Colts were playing without the services of two of their players, including All-State running back Cecil Langston, but as usual put up a good fight on their home floor.
Neither team could gain much of an advantage in the first quarter, as the Colts led 10-9 after one. Rivercrest then outscored the Mohawks 15-12 in the second, as they took a 25-21 lead into the locker room at the half.
But, the Tribe responded to halftime adjustments by coaches David Reynolds and Alan Rabjohn, and outscored their hosts 15-11 in the third to tie the game at 36-36 entering the fourth quarter.
Down the stretch the Mohawks hung with their hosts, and made their free throws, as they outscored the Colts 21-15 in the frame to notch the win.
Leading the way for the Mohawks was Brewer with 32 points, including 21 in the second half and a 12 for 17 night at the charity stripe. Spencer Hardin also had a big game, scoring 13 points and hitting 6 of 9 free throws in the fourth quarter to help preserve the win. Rounding out the scoring were Logan Dixon with 5, Beau Jett and Noah May with 3 each and Brett Burns with a free throw. As a team the Mohawks converted on 23 of 34 free throw attempts.
Lamond Hollins led the Colts on offense with 14, and as a team the Rivercrest squad shot a dismal 6 of 24 from the charity stripe.
The Mohawk Junior squad also won at Rivercrest, posting a 44-38 conference victory over the junior Colts. Leading the way was Trey Gossett with 18, including a strong 6 of 7 from the free throw line. Also in double figures was Michael Palmer with 11, including 8 points in the key fourth quarter, while Michael Salyards finished with 8, Dylan Bellers had 4 points and Cooper Harris finished with 3.
Friday night the Tribe went into the holiday break on a high note, beating the Hoxie Mustangs on the road 66-42. Meanwhile, the junior Mohawks dropped a three point loss to their hosts.
Still without the services of Harris and Mauldin, the Mohawks traveled to Hoxie for a key conference game with the Mustangs. And, thanks to strong performances by seniors Brewer and Jett, the Tribe cruised to the win.
The first quarter proved to be a draw, as both teams scored 17 in the frame. But, the Mohawks flexed their muscle in the second, taking the frame 15-7, as they took a 32-24 lead into the locker room at the break.
The Tribe came out in the second half with increased defensive pressure, and held their hosts to single digits in both the third and fourth quarters. They outscored the Mustangs 20-9 in the third, and cruised to a 14-9 advantage in the fourth to post the 24 point win.
Brewer led all scorers with 25 while Jett finished with 13, Dixon had 7, May and Quentin Reeves had 6 each, Hardin had 4, Peyton Mann finished with 3 and Elijah Bellers had 2 points off the bench. As a team the Mohawks were 9 of 13 from the free throw line.
Meanwhile, the Mustangs were led by James Johnson with 18, and as a team they converted on 6 of 10 trips to the charity stripe.
The Junior Mustangs jumped out to a 14-0 first quarter lead on the Junior Mohawks at Hoxie, and despite a late charge by the Tribe held on for a 40-37 win. Bellers led the way with 12, while Palmer was also in double figures with 11, Harris finished with 6 and Gossett and Jackson Henfling had 4 points each. As a team, the Mohawks were 5 of 8 from the free throw line.
Colton Vasser paced the Junior Mustangs in the win with 12, and as a team they converted on 9 of 17 trips to the charity stripe.
Both teams will remain idle through the Christmas/New Year's holiday, and will return to action on Tuesday, Jan. 5, as they host the Maynard Tigers in non-conference play at PHS. On Friday, Jan. 8, the Tribe will host the Corning Bobcats in 3A-3 conference action at Piggott High.