Tribe Tames Tigers and Bobcats
After getting off to a slow start to the season, the Piggott Mohawks rolled into the holiday break on a winning streak. Last Tuesday they began the new year with a home win over non-conference Maynard, and on Friday completed the home-and-away sweep of conference foe Corning. Meanwhile, the junior squad split the games. The Tribe visited Manila on Tuesday, Thursday night both squads are slated to host Ridgefield Christian, and on Friday the Osceola Seminoles will visit PHS for conference action.
The Tribe got their first win of the season at Maynard back in November, and last Tuesday hosted the Tigers in non-conference play at PHS. And, thanks to a hot start by the home team, the Mohawks posted a 61-54 decision.
Actually, the first quarter was the difference in the ballgame, as the Mohawks jumped to a 19-8 lead. But, the Tigers battled back to play even with the Mohawks in the second, and outscored their hosts 20-16 in the third quarter to keep the game close.
Brayden Brewer led all scorers with 21 for the Tribe, including an 8 for 10 night at the charity stripe. Logan Dixon was also in double figures with 10, while Nicholas Harris and Beau Jett had 7 each, Quinton Mauldin returned from an ankle injury and scored 5 before fouling out, Noah May added another 5, Quinten Reeves had 4 and Spencer Hardin added a field goal.
Dylan Powell paced the Tigers with 20.
As a team the Mohawks converted on 16 of 27 free throws, while Maynard was 13 of 25 from the line.
The Mohawk junior squad posted a 58-29 lopsided win over Maynard, paced by Trey Gossett with 17 points. The squad also got 8 points each from Dylan Bellers and Issac Langley, 7 points from Michael Palmer, 6 each from Jackson Henfling and Ben Holcomb, 4 from Cooper Harris and 2 from Holden Tarno.
Dakota Lee led all scorers with 18 for the junior Tigers in the loss.
The PHS gym was packed Friday night for the annual rivalry game with the Corning Bobcats, and for three quarters the visitors hung with Tribe. But, the Mohawks pulled away late, and thanks to five players scoring in double figures, notched an 85-67 win.
The Bobcats came out hot in the first quarter, and took a 23-20 lead after one. The Tribe responded in the second frame, outscoring the visitors 14-13, but Corning enjoyed a 36-34 lead at intermission.
After making halftime adjustments, the Mohawks increased their effort on both ends of the floor and took the third quarter 22-15, as they took a 56-51 lead into the fourth. The Mohawks extended that lead throughout the final frame, taking the quarter 28-16 to set the final score.
Brewer once again led all scorers with 24, including an outstanding 8 for 9 night at the line. Dixon and Mauldin finished with 16 points each, Harris had 13 and Peyton Mann was also in double figures with 10. Rounding out the Mohawk offensive effort was Beau Jett with 4 and Quentin Reeves with 2. The Bobcats were paced by Noah Bass with 20.
As a team the Mohawks converted on 21 of 32 attempts from the free throw line, while the Bobcats were 8 of 14 from the stripe.
The junior Mohawks dropped their game to Corning 65-55, as the Bobcats rode a big fourth quarter to the win. In fact, the Mohawks enjoyed a one point lead at the break, 23-22, and the two squads were knotted at 39-39 at the end of the third quarter. But, the Bobcats outscored their hosts 26-16 in the final frame to set the final score and the 10 point win.
Gossett once again led the Mohawks with 18 points, and had a 7 for 11 night at the line. Also in double figures for the junior Mohawks were Palmer with 14 and Bellers with 12, while Harris finished with 7 points and Henfling and Tarno had 2 each.
The junior Bobcats were led by Josh Kimble with 21 points, and a 13 for 17 night at the charity stripe.
Following this week's games, the Tribe will be idle until Friday, Jan. 22, when they'll host the Rivercrest Colts for this season's basketball homecoming.