Mohawks Battle Through Regular Season Play

Thursday, January 26, 2017
Mohawk Brier Staples drives in action against Cave City last Friday at PHS. Also pictured for the Tribe is Bret Fuller (3).(TD photo/Tim Blair)

The Piggott Mohawks continue to show improvement as the season progresses, although they dropped a pair of games in the past week to larger schools. Facing both for the second time this season, the Tribe came up short against Pocahontas last Tuesday at PHS, and then dropped their homecoming contest to Cave City Friday night. Meanwhile, the junior boys were also in action, falling to the Redskins and and then posting an impressive overtime win Friday night, despite playing shorthanded due to illness and injury.

Pocahontas

The Pocahontas Redskins visited PHS last Tuesday, and took home a 79-68 non-conference win over the Tribe. The visitors, who had pummelled the Mohawks in their first meeting early in the season, rode a big second quarter to an 11 point halftime advantage, then held-on down the stretch to get the win.

The Mohawks got off to a hot start in their home game with the Redskins, and enjoyed a 20-19 lead at the end of the first quarter. But, the talented Pocahontas squad adjusted accordingly, and outscored their hosts 23-11 in the second to take a 42-31 advantage into the locker room at the break.

The Tribe played even with the Redskins in the third quarter, as they trailed 63-44 going into the fourth quarter, and outscored their visitors 24-16 in the final frame, but came up short.

Four Mohawks were in double figures, led by Bret Fuller with 17. Meanwhile, Brier Staples had 15, Quentin Reeves finished with 11, Trey Gossett had 10, Josh Lyman had 9 off the bench, all coming on three-pointers in the fourth quarter, and Brett Burns had 6 points as well. As a team the Mohawks were 4 of 10 from the free throw line.

Meanwhile, Clayton Hale led the Redskins with 25, and as a team they were 11 of 15 from the charity stripe.

Junior Game

The Junior Mohawks fell behind early in their contest with Pocahontas, en route to a 43-31 loss. In the early contest it was the visiting team which got off to a strong start, as the junior Redskins raced to a 16-5 advantage after one. Pocahontas took the second quarter 14-9, as they extended the lead to 30-14 at the break. The Tribe outscored the visitors 11-9 in the third, and 6-4 in the fourth, but it was too-little-too late and the final was set.

Michael Palmer led the way with 14 for the Junior Mohawks, with Jackson Henfling scoring 6, Ben Holcomb with 5, Cooper Harris with 4 and Ryker Little with 2 points in the loss. As a team the Mohawks converted on just 6 of 12 trips to the free throw line on the night.

Leading all scorers was Derrick Kimble of Pocahontas with 18 points.

Cave City

The Mohawks hosted the 15-2 Cave City Cavemen for homecoming Friday night at PHS, and came up short by a final of 71-54. The Tribe had no answer for the Cavemen's size, as they dominated the boards at both ends of the floor.

The contest marked the second meeting of the two teams, as the Cavemen had posted a similar score in the Tribe's season opener at Cave City.

Despite the large, and partisain, crowd the Mohawks fell behind in the early going Friday night and trailed 21-7 by the end of the first quarter. The home squad tried to battle back in the second, but the frame went to the Cavemen 20-12, as they took a 41-19 lead into the locker room at the half.

The Mohawks came out stronger in the second half, outscoring the visitors 15-12 in the third and 22-15 in the fourth, to set the final score.

Leading the way for the Mohawks was Mann with 14, including two three-pointers, while Staples was the only other Piggott player in double figures with 10. Rounding out the scoring for the home team were--Fuller with 9, Reeves with 6, Gossett and Lyman with 5 each and Burns with 3 with Isaac Langley, Matt Lockard and Braden Ralph finished with 2 points each in the loss.

Leading the way for the visitors was Matt Miller with 29 points, and both squads completed 11 of 16 free throws on the game.

Junior Game

The shorthanded junior Mohawks posted an overtime win over Cave City Friday night at PHS, beating their visitors 44-39. With starting guard Holden Tarno out due to a broken arm sustained in an automobile accident, and forward Ryker Little out due to illness, the squad made the best of the situation and battled to the OT win.

Both teams came out cold in the first quarter of play, with the Junior Cavemen enjoying a 7-2 lead after one. In turn, both squads scored 10 points in the second, giving the visitors a 17-12 advantage at the break.

Surprisingly, the third quarter also went to Cave City, as they outscored the Tribe 13-10 in the frame to take a 30-22 lead into the fourth. But, the Mohawks stepped-up their effort on both ends of the floor in the fourth, outscoring the visitors 14-7 in the frame to force the extra period.

In OT the Mohawk scored seven points while limiting Cave City to just 2, setting the final score.

Harris led the Mohawks on the night with 17, while Henfling contributed another 14, Palmer had 5, Holcomb finished with 5 and Brandon Seal had a big three-pointer in the win. Pacing the Cave City effort was Hunter Wojeik with 13.

Seventh Grade

The seventh grade Mohawks were also in action against Cave City, as they fell by a final score of 46-32. Scoring for the Tribe were Bryon Poole with 10, Ethan Ralph with 8, Hayden Emerson with 7, Chris Collins with 4 and Nate Lemmons with 3.

Both the junior and senior boys were scheduled to be in action Tuesday night at Walnut Ridge, and they're slated to visit the Highland Rebels this Friday, Jan. 27. They'll be on the road at Melbourne on Monday, Jan. 30, to make up a game with the Bearkatz, and will then host Hoxie on Tuesday, Jan. 31.

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