Mohawks Fall to Eventual Champs, Set for Regional
The Piggott Mohawks are on the road in Yellville today, Thursday, Feb. 25, as they prepare for tonight's first round game in the 3A-Region 3 basketball tournament. The Tribe earned the trip to Yellville-Summit, and a showdown with the Flippin Bobcats, by finishing as the third seed from 3A-3 in last week's district tournament at Rivercrest.
The Mohawks advanced with a 30 point pounding of the Hoxie Mustangs in the first, round, then fell to the eventual champion Osceola Seminoles 61-53 in the second round. After Manila dispatched the host Colts, the Seminoles upset the Lions in the final to take the title and a top-seed into the regional.
Playing for the third time this year, after splitting during the regular season, the Tribe took on the Seminoles in their second round game. In the earlier contests each team had won on their home floor by less than 10 points, and the district tourney game was also a tight affair.
With a standing room only crowd in attendance at Rivercrest, including hundreds who could not get in, the Seminoles jumped out to an early lead on the Mohawks, enjoying an 18-12 advantage after the first quarter.
But, the Mohawks responded with a strong second quarter, cutting the lead to just four points, 33-29 at the break.
The third quarter of play was much like the first, with Osceola squeezing out a 16-11 advantage in the frame as they took a 49-40 lead into the fourth. And, despite outscoring the Seminoles 13-12 down the stretch, the Mohawks came up just short.
Brayden Brewer led the Tribe with 14, despite going scoreless in the first quarter, while Nick Harris and Quinton Mauldin were also in double figures with 13 each. Rounding out the Piggott scoring was Logan Dixon with 4, Peyton Mann with 3 and Beau Jett, Noah May and Quinten Reeves with 2 each. Caruthers led the Seminoles with 16.
As a team the Mohawks converted on 14 of 20 trips to the charity stripe, while the Seminoles were 10 of 21 from the line.
As the three seed from 3A-3 the Mohawks will play at 8:30 this evening against Flippin, the second place finishers from 3A-1 East. With a win they'll advance to play at 8:30 Friday evening against Osceola once again, as they squeaked by the host Yellville-Summit Panthers 64-63 Wednesday night. In the upper half of the bracket, top seeded Valley Springs beat Rivercrest Wednesday afternoon and the Manila Lions will face Marshall Thursday afternoon. The two winners will meet Friday afternoon at 5:30 in the other semi-final. The losers in the semi finals will meet in the third-fourth place game at 1:30 Saturday afternoon, with the boy's championship game set for 7:30 that evening.
A win in the first round at the regional also insures a spot in next week's 3A state basketball tournament, hosted by Jessieville.