Tribe Splits Hoops Games on Week

Thursday, December 22, 2016
Mohawks Trey Gossett (15) and Peyton Mann handle the ball out front for the Tribe in action against Highland.(TD photo/Tim Blair)

The Piggott Mohawk boys teams split a pair in the past week, dropping both the junior and senior games to the 4A Highland Rebels on Friday night at PHS, then sweeping conference mates Walnut Ridge on Monday evening. The senior squad will be playing in the Hoxie Mustang Classic over the Christmas holiday, while the junior boys will remain idle until the new year.

Highland Rebels

Highland visited PHS on Friday evening, and rode a big night by Preston Gurley to a 65-51 win over the Tribe. The Rebels got off to a strong start in the non-conference tilt, and enjoyed a 19-12 lead after the first quarter. The teams played fairly close in the second period, with the visitors taking a 36-28 advantage into the locker room at the break.

In the third quarter Highland outscored the Mohawks 14-9, as they took a 50-37 lead in the fourth and cruised to the 14 point win.

Leading the way for the Mohawks was Peyton Mann, as he fouled out late with 17 points including an 8 for 11 night at the charity stripe. Also in double figures was Josh Lyman, as he came off the bench and hit two 3-point baskets and connected on 2 for 2 at the line. Rounding out the Piggott scoring effort was Trey Gossett with 8, Brier Staples with 6, Bret Fuller with 5, Quentin Reeves with 4 and Brett Burns with 4 points. Fuller and Reeves also fouled-out of the ballgame in the late going.

As the team the Mohawks converted on 14 of 23 free throws.

As for the Rebels, Gurley had 33 of their 65 points, and as a team they were 17 of 26 from the free throw line on the game.

Junior Boys

The Junior Mohawks also dropped their game to the visiting Rebels, as the Highland squad rolled to a 72-41 decision. The reportedly unbeaten visitors pushed to a 15-9 lead by the end of the first, stretched it to a 37-19 advantage at the break and led 59-32 entering the final frame.

Jackson Henfling paced the Tribe with 13 points, as he converted on 5 of 8 free throw attempts. Also scoring were Michael Palmer with 7, Cooper Harris and Ryker Little with 6 each, Holden Tarno with 4, Ben Holcomb with an early 3 and Logan Ralph and Brent Gossett with a free throw each off the bench.

As a team the Mohawks converted on 12 of 23 free throw attempts, while the Rebels were 10 of 12 from the line. Leading the way for the visitors was Joel Hoppe, as he scored 16 points through the first three quarters before fouling out late.

Walnut Ridge

Monday night the Tribe hosted Walnut Ridge in conference action at PHS and swept the night.

The senior boys had little trouble with the visiting Bobcats Monday evening, outscoring the visitors in all but the second quarter.

The Mohawks got the early lead in their game with Walnut Ridge, and extended it to a 21-16 lead by the end of the first. The visitors counted in the second, taking the frame 19-15, as the Tribe took a 36-35 lead into the locker room at the half.

But, the Mohawks responded well in the third, outscoring the Bobcats 15-7 in the frame to take a 51-42 lead into the fourth quarter. And, down the stretch the Tribe did a good job of taking care of the basketball, and hitting the necessary free-throws to notch the win.

Mann topped all scorers with 18, including two 3-pointers and a 2 for 2 night at the charity stripe. Meanwhile, Staples was also in double figures with 15, including 8 in the second, along with Reeves as he scored 14, including a 12 point first half. Rounding out the Mohawks scoring was Fuller and Gossett and Burns with 5 each while Lyman had an early 3. Tristan Hoffman paced the Bobcats in the loss with 17.

As a team the Tribe was 13 of 20 from the free-throw line, while the visitors converted on 7 of 17 trips to the line.

Junior Boys

The Mohawk junior boys jumped to an early lead on the visiting Bobcats Monday night, then withstood a late rally to post a 53-41 conference win.

The Piggott junior squad held the visitors to single digits in the first, and took a 12-5 lead into the second quarter. The Tribe also took the second, outscoring Walnut Ridge 15-12 in the frame as they enjoyed a 27-17 halftime advantage. The two squads also played even in the third, with the Mohawks outscoring the Bobcats 15-14 to take a 42-31 lead into the fourth. And, the Tribe took care of business down the stretch, taking the fourth quarter 11-10 to set the final score.

Palmer was top scorer on this night with 15, including 4 for 5 at the line and one 3-point basket, while Henfling was also in double figures with 14 along with Harris with 11. Rounding out the Mohawk offensive assault was Holcomb with 6, Tarno with 4 and Tanner Dixon with 3 points.

As a team the Mohawks were 9 for 11 from the line while the Bobcats only visited the charity stripe 3 times, converting on 1 of those attempts. Leading both teams in scoring was Jace Turner with 16 points for the visitors.

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