Tribe Beats Warriors, Falls in 3A-3 Play

Thursday, January 21, 2016
Piggott's Brayden Brewer looks for the open man, defended by Derrell Brown, in last Friday's home game with Osceola.(TD photo/Tim Blair)

The Piggott Mohawk's four-game winning streak ended Tuesday, Jan. 12, as they dropped a conference road contest at Manila. The Tribe rebounded with a non-conference home win over Ridgefield Christian Thursday night, and despite an outstanding effort, fell to Osceola at home on Friday night. This Friday evening they'll host the Rivercrest Colts for homecoming at PHS.

Manila

The Tribe visited the Manila Lions last week, and fell 61-55 despite a 21 point performance by Nicholas Harris. Coming into the game on a winning streak, the Mohawks came out cold on the night, and trailed 13-9 after the first. The teams played even in the second quarter, with the Lions taking a 28-25 lead into the locker room at intermission.

The third quarter was also a near dead heat, with the Mohawks edging the Lions 13-12 in the frame, as they trailed by just two, 40-38 entering the fourth. But, despite 12 points in the fourth quarter from Harris, Manila outscored the Mohawks 21-17 down the stretch to set the final score.

Harris was the only player in double figures for the Mohawks, while Logan Dixon finished with 8, Brayden Brewer had 7, Quinton Mauldin had 6, Beau Jett finished with 5, Peyton Mann had 4 and Noah May had 2 points. Pacing the Lion offense was Matthew May with 18.

As a team the Mohawks converted on 17 of 11 free throws, while the Lions were 18 of 27 from the stripe.

Junior Game

The junior Lions also took the early game 56-28, with Trey Gossett scoring 12 for the junior Mohawks in the loss. The Tribe also got 6 points from Jackson Henfling and 4 from Michael Palmer. Brock Birmingham led the Lions with 20.

Ridgefield Christian

The Mohawks hosted the Warriors of Ridgefield Christian Thursday, and swept their visitors on the night. The senior squad had three players score in double figures as they took their contest 56-39.

Once again leading the offense was Harris with 12, while Brewer and Spencer Hardin finished with 11 each. Also scoring for Piggott were Mauldin and Elijah Bellers with 4 each while Dixon, Mann and Brett Burns had 2 each. John Scholtzen led all scorers for the Warriors in the loss with 14.

Junior Game

The junior Mohawks won their contest with RC by a final of 49-33, with Gossett scoring 15 and Henfling adding another 6 points. The squad enjoyed quarter leads of 14-10, 30-19 and 42-22 en route to the victory. Top scorer for the visitors was Evan Parks with 11.

As a team the Tribe was 9 of 16 from the charity stripe, while the Warriors converted on 9 of 16 attempts.

The Mohawk "Junior B" team also notched a win, 25-18 with Little scoring 6, Allen had 5, Seal, Dixon and Featherston had 4 each and Blue scored 2 points in the win.

Osceola

The Mohawk junior and senior teams were swept by the Seminoles of Osceola Friday night, although the varsity contest could have easily gone either way. In fact, the Tribe jumped out to an early lead in the 3A-3 contest at PHS, but faded in the third quarter to fall by a scant four points, 77-73.

The Mohawks began the contest by shooting free throws, as a technical foul was called on Osceola during the shoot-around. Brewer got the call from Coach David Reynolds, and made both to take the early lead.

The Tribe then went out and outscored the visitors 21-15 in the first quarter of play, and extended the lead by taking the second frame 21-17, giving them a 10-point advantage, 42-32, at the break.

But, the Seminoles stepped-up their game at both ends of the floor in the third, and outscored their hosts 25-10 in the frame to take a 57-52 lead into the fourth. In the fourth quarter the Mohawks hung tough, and despite 13 points from Brewer in the period, came up short.

Brewer led the Mohawks with 28 on the night, including a 9 for 12 evening at the charity stripe. Meanwhile, Jett was also in double figures for the Tribe with 14, Harris finished with 9, Mauldin had 7 points, Dixon finished with 6, Mann contributed 5 points off the bench and May and Quentin Reeves had 2 each. Leading the Seminoles in the win was Darion Gilmore with 29 points, including 13 in the pivotal third period.

With the loss the squad moves to 10-9 overall, and 3-2 in conference play.

Junior Game

The junior Mohawks ran into an athletic Seminole squad, and dropped their contest 53-29 Friday evening. The Tribe fell behind 10-7 by the end of the first, trailed 27-12 at the break and 34-14 at the end of three en route to the loss.

Henfling paced the offense with 9, Gossett had 7, Holden Tarno and Dylan Bellers had 3 each, Cooper Harris, Ben Holcomb and Michael Palmer finished with 2 each and Braden Ralph had a free throw. Leading the Seminoles was Michah Caruthers with 18.

With the loss the junior squad fell to 6-7 overall and 1-4 in conference play.

Weather permitting,both squads will be in action Friday night as they host Rivercrest for homecoming, and Tuesday, Jan. 26, the Hoxie Mustangs will visit PHS. Next Friday, Jan. 29, the Tribe will visit the Corning Bobcats.

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