Matt Fennell leads Mohawk with 44 points
It was one of those games where it’s unfortunate there had to be a loser.
In a hotly-contested, back and forth contest at the David Braley Athletic and Recreation Centre Dec. 4, the Mohawk men’s basketball team downed the top ranked team in the Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association and previously undefeated Sheridan Bruins, 111-106.
The game featured several runs and 16 lead changes as both teams charged up and down the floor.
Mohawk guard Matt Fennell had a monster game with 44 points, including six three-pointers.
Taylor Dowhaniuk scored 24 points including a handful of powerful and timely dunks in what head coach Brian Jonker felt was his best ever offensive performance for the Mountaineers.
The centre also led his team with 12 rebounds.
Sheridan’s record fell to 8-1 in the Ontario Colleges Athletic Association West Division, while Mohawk improved to 7-2 as the teams go to the holiday break.
The Mohawk women’s basketball team finished the first semester on a winning note, 60-38 overSheridan. The Mountaineers ended a three game skid and left both teams with 5-4 records.
Mohawk appeared headed to the locker room on the short end of the score, but guard Rachelle Abella scored on a three point buzzer-beater and the Mountaineers led 26-24 after 20 minutes.
The second half was dominated by Mohawk, which outscored the visitors 34-14.
Mohawk’s Stef Hrymak led all scorers with 19 points. Careena Browne had 13 points and Abella scored nine in just her second game back from a lengthy injury.
Lacey Wolters contributed eight points and 13 rebounds.
The Mohawk volleyball teams went to the holiday break on a sour note. Mountain rival Redeemer won both matches at the David Braley Athletic and Recreation Centre last Thursday.
The Mountaineer women dropped a 22-25, 25-22, 22-25, 18-25 decision to the Royals in the opener.
Chi Chi Chuks-Mady led Mohawk with 12 kills, one service ace and one stuff block. Kaylee Duncan produced nine kills and three aces.
Corrine McGrath contributed 25 assists. For the Royals, Curtiss Straatsma had 13 kills, one ace and two blocks. Kimberly Stewart had 31 assists.
With the victory Redeemer moved to 6-3 and went to the break with two straight wins.
Mohawk fell to 3-6 with their third consecutive loss.
The Mohawk men took Redeemer to five sets before bowing 25-15, 20-25, 24-26, 25-20, 11-15.
Bryce Marcussen had 14 kills, one ace and 10 blocks. Marcin Jedrzejewski contributed 14 kills, Eric Danecke collected eight kills, two aces and two blocks and Mark Kaveckas had 40 assists.
Cory Hansen had 15 defensive digs for the Mountaineers.
For Redeemer Eric Heidbuurt had 12 kills and nine blocks, while David Klomps had 12 kills, one ace and three blocks and Jake Klassen had 38 assists.
Eli Tolkamp led in digs with 15.
Mohawk saw its five game win string snapped and finished the first semester with a 5-4 record, while Redeemer improved to 6-3, having won two straight decisions.