Mohawk Boys Team Suffers Through Late Game Woes
The Piggott Mohawk basketball squad has stumbled through the early going of 2018, although they've shown glimpses of brilliance. The talented components of the squad, each unique in their own right, have yet to develop the proper chemistry for second year coach Seth Medlen. The result has been evident in their recent late-game meltdowns, including losses in a pair of key conference games in the past week.
Coming off a disappointing non-conference loss to Ridgefield Christian the previous night, the Tribe made the trip to Corning on Tuesday, Jan. 9, to take on the Bobcats in conference play. The two rivals then treated the partisain crowd to a great back-and-forth battle for three quarters, with the home team dominating the fourth for an 11 point win.
Both squads were in double figures in the first, with Corning leading by a field goal, 15-13, after one. The Tribe made a run in the second, outscoring their hosts 18-9 in the frame as they took a 31-24 lead into the locker room at the break.
Coming out strong in the third, the Bobcats nibbled at the lead throughout the frame, as they outscored the Mohawks 16-12.
Entering the fourth quarter with a 43-40 lead, the Tribe watched that evaporate quickly. The Bobcats rode the late game surge to a 25-11 advantage in the fourth, setting the final score of 65-54.
The junior Bobcats also won their contest with the Mohawks, easily handling the Tribe 53-11. On the bright side, the Piggott seventh grade team broke-up the shut-out with a 32-25 victory.
Thursday, Jan. 11, the Mohawks hosted the Hoxie Mustangs at PHS for homecoming and once again watched a late game lead slip-away.
With a large crowd of homecoming faitful in attendance, the Tribe came out hot against the Mustangs and jumped to a 10-5 lead after one quarter. They extended the lead to 26-14 at intermission, after outscoring the cold-shooting visitors 16-9 in the second.
But, the Mohawks were also the victims of cold shooting in the contest as they missed a number of inside baskets and jump shots.
Following the halftime festivities, the Mustangs began to hit outside shots as they took the third quarter by a score of 16-13, cutting the Mohawk lead to 9 at 39-30.
But, as it was in the Corning game, the Tribe went ice cold in the fourth quarter and were outscored 18-7 to set the final at 48-46.
With the losses the team falls to 3-10 overall, and 1-5 in conference play.
The Tribe will take on Ridgefield Christian once again at 7 p.m. tonight, Thursday, Jan. 18, in pool play in the First National Bank Battle of the Border at Corning High School.