It was a see-saw battle and it was very intense.
The Mohawk Mountaineers outlasted the Humber Hawks 80-77 in OCAA men’s basketball before a large crowd at the Fennell gymnasium Jan. 23.
Mohawk immediately went in front 10-2, but Humber roared back to lead 37-35 at the half.
The Mountaineers got a couple of free throws from Andrew Cicuttini with no time left in the third quarter to give the Mountaineers a 61-57 lead.
Humber took a four-point lead in the final quarter, but Mohawk would not be denied.
Alex Reis, named earlier in the day as OCAA overall male athlete and men`s basketball player of the week, put his club ahead 69-68 with 2:43 remaining.
Humber managed to tie the contest once again, but with some key free throws down the stretch and an easy layup by Manny Campbell, Mohawk went on to victory.
Reis had a monster game with 30 points and five assists. Campbell scored 22 points and added five rebounds and seven assists.
Taylor Dowhaniuk had 10 points and eight boards and Cicuttini scored nine points and had a game best 17 rebounds.
With the win Mohawk improved to 11-2, drawing even with idle Sheridan (11-1) for second place, two points back of Fanshawe (12-2).
In women’s basketball, Humber jumped out to a 12-0 lead, before Mohawk battled back to trail only 25-21 at halftime.
However, the home-side eventually fell 50-43.
Katelyn Arbour led the Mountaineers with nine points.
Porscha Hewitt scored eight, while Carissa Browne and Lacey Wolters added six apiece.
Mohawk fell to 5-6 after a third straight defeat.
Humber grabbed its second straight win to go to 8-4.
It’s never easy visiting the Humber Hawks and the Mohawk men’s volleyball team doesn’t have to be told that.
On Jan. 24 in Etobicoke the Mountaineers dropped a four-setter, 25-20, 20-25, 25-19, 25-14.
Mo Sulaiman led Mohawk with 15 kills and one stuff block.
Phil Youngblut recorded six kills, four service aces and three blocks and Marcin Jedrzejewski had eight kills, two aces, one block and 14 digs.
The Mountaineers saw their record drop to 7-6, while the Hawks moved to 9-4.
In women’s volleyball, Humber rolled to its 13th victory without defeat, taking three straight sets from Mohawk, 25-9, 25-16, 25-11.
Chi Chi Chuks-Mady had five kills and one service ace for the Mountaineers, now 6-7.
Julie Gagnon contributed nine digs.