Big victories over Humber, Lambton
The surging Mohawk women’s basketball team tacked on two impressive victories last week.
They stunned the hometown Humber Hawks 67-39 last Thursday.
It was the first home defeat of the season for the Hawks, who slipped to 10-2.
Mohawk, trailed 6-0 at the start, and then went on a 22-0 run.
The Mountaineer press was at its best and the winners scored 36 of their points off turnovers.
Stef Hrymak led Mohawk with 19 points.
Jen Abella had 10 points and her sister Rachelle Abella added nine.
The success for the women cagers continued back home at the David Braley Athletic and Recreation Centre two days later as Mohawk won for the fourth time in a row, 92-60 over the Lambton Lions from Sarnia.
A trio of rookie guards led the way.
Jen Abella scored 19 points, while Hrymak had 14 and Ally DeLorenzi added 12 as the Mountaineers improved to 8-4.
Mohawk men’s coach Brian Jonker said his team was 53 seconds away from stealing a game they didn’t deserve to win, but they couldn’t pull it out. The Mountaineers struggled most of the night and bowed 76-72 at Humber last Thursday.
Mohawk’s record dropped to 8-3, while Humber improved to 9-3.
The Hawks scored buzzer-beaters in each of the first three quarters, including a three-point bomb by Junior Davis from about 75 feet to end the first quarter.
Matt Fennell had 21 points for Mohawk.
Andrew Cicuttini scored 18 and added 11 rebounds, Pat Iavarone had 13 points and Taylor Dowhaniuk scored eight points and added 11 boards.
In what Jonker called “a complete effort,” Mohawk whipped the visiting Lambton Lions 113-57 last Saturday.
The Mountaineers, who led 65-20 at the half, upped their record to 9-3. Fennell led the Mohawk offence with 34 points and five rebounds.
Cicuttini had 15 points and 12 rebounds, Iavarone scored 14 points and added seven assists and Filip Pejic had 11 points and six boards.
Both Mohawk basketball teams head to Sault Ste. Marie this Friday and Saturday for two games each against Sault College.
They had to battle hard, but the Mohawk men’s volleyball team handed the Niagara Knights their first defeat of the OCAA season last Thursday at the DBARC.
The Mountaineers served notice they were ready for the match despite a first game defeat and they came back for a five set win, 26-28, 25-20, 25-17, 20-25, 15-13.
The Mountaineers made it three wins in a row and upped their record to 8-4, while Niagara fell to 11-1.
Bryce Marcussen led Mohawk with 12 kills and four stuff blocks.
Trevor McLaughlin had 10 kills and one block, Eric Danecke had 8 kills and three blocks and Bradley Regier added seven kills, two service aces and two blocks.
Mark Kaveckas had 41 assists.
The Mohawk women’s volleyball side fashioned a three game sweep of visiting Niagara last Thursday.
The scores were 25-15, 25-18, 25-23. The result left both teams with 5-7 marks.
Kirsten Bialachowski paced the Mountaineers with 12 kills.
Kaylee Duncan had seven kills and one stuff block.
Chi Chi Chuks-Mady had five kills, two stuff blocks and 17 digs and Kristin VanHartingsveldt came up with six kills and one block. Corinne McGrath provided 26 assists.
The men’s and women’s volleyball teams are both home this weekend.
On Friday, they host Cambrian at 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. and then on Saturday they face Boreal at 1p.m. and 3 p.m.