Mohawks Beat 'Hounds on Senior Night, Headed to Regional
The Piggott Mohawks closed out the regular season Friday, beating the Marmaduke Greyhounds in their senior night finale at PHS. The win came after a big OT victory at Rector the night before (see additional story this section) and propelled the Tribe into a lopsided pounding on Hoxie in the first round of the 3A-3 on Monday night. Tuesday night they fell by 8 to Osceola, but still earned the third seed over Rivercrest of the teams advancing to the regional at Yellville-Summit.
The Piggott Mohawks hosted the Marmaduke Greyhounds in senior boy's basketball on Friday, Feb. 12, in both squads' regular season finale'. Looking to avenge a 70-55 loss at Marmaduke in the season opener back in mid-November, the Tribe took advantage of a big fourth quarter to post the 78-71 non-conference win.
"We did really well for about two and a half quarters. We looked the best we have all year, but it fell apart toward the end," Greyhound coach Justin Ward later said of the contest. "We need to learn how to take care of a lead."
Following the senior "B" game, which went to the visitors 54-34, the Mohawks observed senior night for the members of the boy's basketball team, and cheerleader Ashlee Vaughn. This year's group of seniors include Brayden Brewer, Logan Dixon, Nicholas Harris, Quinton Mauldin, Noah May and Beau Jett. Afterward, a large crowd was treated to a spirited and competitive contest between the Mohawks and the Greyhounds.
As they had in the earlier win, the Greyhounds looked to the outside game as their key to a possible victory. As for the Tribe, they looked to take advantage of a distinct size advantage, especially in the paint, and both squads got off to hot starts. As a result, the Mohawk enjoyed a slim 23-22 lead at the end of the first quarter.
In the second the Greyhounds found more success in their halfcourt offense, as they took the quarter 19-14 and enjoyed a 41-37 advantage at the break. The third quarter was also a tight affair, with each team scoring 16 in the frame and the visitors still holding-on to a four point lead.
But, in the fourth quarter the Mohawk's size, and bench depth, began to take its toll on the Greyhounds, and the Tribe began to extend their lead. The hosts went on to outscore their visitors 25-14 in the pivotal fourth quarter, as they held-on for the seven point win.
The victory came in the Tribe's third game of the week, including a disappointing overtime loss at Walnut Ridge on Tuesday and an overtime win at Rector the night before. "The guys are in great shape, and it showed, they came out ready to play tonight," Mohawk Coach David Reynolds said of the effort. "After back-to-back overtime games some teams might not have the legs, but these guys did great tonight down the stretch."
Leading the way for the Mohawks was Brewer with 26 points, while Bryson Horton paced the 'Hounds in the loss with 24. Also in double figures for the Tribe were Harris with 17, Peyton Mann with 13 and Mauldin with 11 while Dixon finished with 8 points in his final home game.
Andrew Church finished with 16 for Marmaduke, while Derek Agee and Lucas Dixon had 9 each and Tyler Vowell and Corey Burks had 7 each.
District at Rivercrest
The third seeded Piggott Mohawks pounded the sixth-seeded Hoxie Mustangs 68-38 to advance out of the first round of the 3A-3 district tournament at Rivercrest Monday afternoon. The Tribe, coming off a big week of wins over Marmaduke and Rector, and a close loss at Walnut Ridge, were never tested by the Mustangs as they completed the 3-0 season sweep. And, with a sizeable lead early-on the Mohawks were able to rest their starters, as the bench contributed quality minutes.
The first quarter was the closest of the three frames, with the Mohawks leading 10-7 after one. But, the Tribe outscored the Mustangs 19-8 in the second, 16-9 in the third and 23-13 down the stretch to post the lopsided win.
Brayden Brewer led the Mohawks with 18, while Spencer Hardin came off the bench and contributed 12, Quinton Mauldin finished with 10, Nicholas Harris had 8 and Peyton Mann finished with 6. James Johnson was top scorer for the Mustangs with 18 in the loss.
With the win the Mohawks advanced to Tuesday night's semi-final game with second seeded Osceola, a team they split with during the regular season. With a win, they'll advance to the championship game, set for 7:30 Thursday evening. In the top half of the bracket, Rivercrest eliminated Corning Monday evening, as the Colts were set to take on top-seeded Manila in the other semi-final on Tuesday.
The victory by the Mohawks also insures the Tribe a spot in next week's 3A-3 regional basketball tournament at Yellville-Summit.
Tuesday evening the Mohawks faced the Osceola Seminole for the third time this season, after splitting the earlier contests by similar advantages. And, despite a strong showing by the Tribe, the Seminoles pulled off the 61-53 win to move into Thursday night's championship game with Manila. Earlier, the Lions had eliminated the Colts on their home floor (see full story).
As the third seed from 3A-3 the Mohawks will play at 8:30 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 25, at Yellville-Summit High School, in Yellville. (approx. 175 miles west of Piggott just north of U.S. 62/412 on Highway 14-Panther Drive, Yellville) The opponent will be the #2 seed from this week's 3A-1 East district, which has yet to be determined.