Mohawk Hoops Squad Off to Slow Start

Thursday, December 7, 2017
Piggott's Quentin Reeves drives for two points against Cave City's Brandon Koch in action from Friday night's home set with the Cavemen
TD photo/Tim Blair

The Piggott Mohawks opened their season in a flurry in the past week, dropping a game to the Rector Cougars last Thursday at PHS (see additional story this page), then taking the Cave City Cavemen into overtime the following night, only to fall 52-47. Monday evening they visited the potent Maynard Tigers, and dropped the non-conference contest.

Coming off the loss to Rector the previous night, the Tribe was faced with the daunting size and talent of the Cave City Cavemen Friday evening at PHS. But, the Mohawks hung with the much-bigger Cave City squad throughout the night, taking them into overtime to reach a final.

The Mohawks came out of the gate hot Friday night, jumping to a 17-10 lead by the end of the first quarter. Answering the sizeable Cave City back line, which features two players over 6-7, they looked to their athleticism and jumping ability to keep the contest close.

Leading 23-20 at the break, the Mohawks extended the lead to 37-32 by the end of the third quarter. Early in the fourth the Cavemen mounted a run, outscoring the Tribe 12-7 in the frame to force overtime. In the OT period they shaded the Mohawks 8-3, to seal the conference win.

Brier Staples led the Tribe with 20, while Quentin Reeves was also in double figures with 11. Leading all scorers was Cave City's Brandon Koch, as the big man finished with 24. Coming off the dismal night at the free-throw line against Rector, the Tribe was also much-improved in that area as they completed 10 of 13 attempts.

In the early game the Cavemen also prevailed, as their talented junior high squad rolled to a 45-12 decision.

Monday evening the Mohawks visited the Maynard Tigers, with the senior boys coming up on the short end of a 70-59 score. Despite jumping out to another early lead, 21-14 after the first, they saw the lead evaporate in the second as the Tigers rebounded to take a 34-29 lead into the break. The Tribe cut the lead to four points, 47-43, by the end of the third, but the Tigers powered through the fourth quarter to the win.

Leading the Mohawk offense was once again Staples, as he scored 12 points, while Michael Palmer was also in double figures with 11 and Reeves finished with 10 points in the loss. Dakota Lee led all scorers for the Tigers with 27 points.

The Mohawk boys teams are scheduled to visit Walnut Ridge this Thursday, Dec. 7, and will host Pocahontas on Monday, Dec. 11, with the seventh grade, junior high and senior high teams in action. Next Thursday, Dec. 14, they're slated to visit Ridgefield Christian.

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