Mohawk Hoops Season Winding Down

Thursday, February 8, 2018

The Piggott Mohawks are wrapping up regular season play this week with a pair of rivalry games, although they'll be contending without the services of head coach Josh Medlen. Earlier this week Medlen informed his team, and administration, that family issues would force him to miss at least one of the final games—prompting him to step away.

Taking over for the final two regular season games, and the upcoming 3A-3 district at PHS, are assistant Alan Rabjohn and student teacher/coach Chris Brantley.

Citing personal family issues which require him to be out of state, Medlen noted he didn't want his situation to impact the team and that he felt it would be best to hand over the reins for the stretch run.

Last week was a busy one for the Tribe, as they played four games in five days. Tuesday evening they took on Hoxie for the completion of the home-and-away schedule and beat the Mustangs 54-50 to gain the split on the season. Trailing 26-27 at intermission, the Mohawks came from behind paced by a 12 point night from senior guard Spencer Hardin.

The win also pushed the Mohawks into third place in their division, as the Mustangs fell to fourth.

Thursday night the Tribe made the long trip to Pocahontas and dropped a 77-48 decision to the Redskins. The following evening they headed west once again, traveling to Melbourne where they fell 70-59 to the Bearkatz.

Tuesday evening the Mohawks hosted the Corning Bobcats and celebrated senior night, along with the girls team. Giving the Cats all they wanted, the Tribe came up on the short end of a 64-57 decision. Friday night they'll be on the road at Rector to take on the Cougars, as RHS will be marking senior night for the class of 2018.

The 3A-3 district tournament will be held at Piggott High School beginning Monday, and as the third seed from the west the Mohawks will take on the Manila Lions in the first round. The contest is set for 8:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 13. The winner will play the winner of the Corning-Riverside game at 8:30 p.m. on Thursday, with the finals set for Saturday.

In the other boys first round games—top-seeded Osceola will take on Hoxie at 5:30 p.m. Monday; Corning and Riverside will face off at 8:30 Monday; Walnut Ridge and Rivercrest meet at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday with the Piggott-Manila game as the nightcap.

The winners of the Osceola-Hoxie and Walnut Ridge-Rivercrest teams will meet in the semi-finals at 5:30 on Thursday afternoon. The boy's third-fourth place seeding game will be played at 5:30 p.m. on Saturday with the championship game slated for around 8:30 in the Piggott High School gym. All four of the top teams will advance to the upcoming regional, being played at Melbourne.

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