Mountaineers come home with a silver medal
Mohawk will not repeat as Ontario Colleges Athletic Association men’s basketball champions.
The Sheridan Bruins rallied from a 14 point second quarter deficit to defeat the Mountaineers 88-70 at Seneca College Saturday night (March 2).
The fourth quarter was all Sheridan as it was raining three-pointers for the Bruins, while Mohawk struggled mightily with its shots and rebounding. All told, Sheridan hit nine three point shots, with Williams getting five of them.
Williams scored 35 points and added seven rebounds and seven assists.
For the Mountaineers, their player of the game, centre Taylor Dowhaniuk, scored 16 points and added 10 rebounds. Alex Reis had 14 points and eight boards. Manny Campbell scored 11 points and Jeff Hunt added 10.
Campbell and Reis were Championship All-Stars.
“We are very proud of our accomplishments this year,” said Mohawk head coach Brian Jonker. “We were beaten by a better team today. We didn’t have an answer for Trevor Williams in the second half. It is always tough to lose but we had great effort in trying to defend our title. I feel for Manny who had a fantastic five year career end with defeat. We will return next year with a team that can compete for another title.”
Mohawk started play in the OCAA championship with a 69-62 quarter final win over Algonquin Thunder of Ottawa. Campbell had 24 points, seven rebounds and five steals. Cicuttini had 15 points and nine rebounds.
In the semi -finals, the Mountaineers saw host Seneca rally from a 33 point, third quarter deficit to get to within six points, but Mohawk managed to hold on for an 87-78 decision.
Campbell scored 25 points and had 10 rebounds, Alex Reis had 20 points and Cicuttini added 15 points and 11 rebounds.
While the Mountaineers ended their season with a silver medal, Sheridan took the gold and will go to the Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association championship at John Abbott College in Montreal, March 14-16.