Mountaineers edge Saints to win Seneca tournament
The Mohawk Mountaineers fashioned a furious comeback to defeat the St. Clair Saints 68-66, to capture the 2014 Seneca Sting Classic Women’s Basketball Tournament in North York on Saturday.
Trailing by 16 points midway through the third quarter and by 11 points with just two minutes remaining,
Mohawk went on a 13-0 run to pull out the victory in the final.
Star guard Rachelle Abella, the tournament MVP, scored 16 points and added nine rebounds and eight assists to lead the Mountaineers.
Abella and Stef Hrymak were selected to the tourney all-star team.
Mountaineers’ head coach Kevin Duffy said he is really proud of his team. “They never quit,” said Duffy. “They showed incredible resilience against one of the best teams in the province.”
Earlier in the tourney, Mohawk downed Centennial Colts of Scarborough 58-52 as Hrymak scored 10 points and in their second game the Mountaineers topped the John Abbott College Islanders of Montreal 69-58 with Porscha Hewitt scoring 11 points.
The Mohawk men’s basketball team finished 0-3 at the Maricopa County Holiday Classic in Phoenix Arizona that was played Dec. 28-30.
Mohawk dropped an 87-75 decision to the host Phoenix College Bears to open the event.
The Bears are the 16th ranked team in U.S. junior college men’s basketball.
“We actually struggled with the 35 second shot clock,” said Mountaineers’ head coach Brian Jonker. “We took too many quick shots. We also looked real tired in the second half.”
Andrew Cicuttini led Mohawk with 12 points and 19 rebounds.
Matt Fennell scored 22 points and had nine boards and Pat Iavarone chipped in with 13 points.
The following day Cochise College Apaches from Douglas, Arizona downed the Mountaineers 94-80.
Iavarone scored 17 points, including five 3-pointers.
Cicuttini hooped 14 points and added seven rebounds. Jeff Hunt contributed 13 points and six boards.
Jonker said his side didn’t match the energy that Cochise brought, playing lackadaisically and with no energy until it was too late. He noted his team is not good enough to play like that and beat good teams.
In their final match, Mohawk fell 118-113 in overtime to the South Mountain Community College Cougars of Phoenix.
The Cougars forced OT with a three-pointer at the buzzer.
Fennell scored 38 points and added six rebounds to pace Mohawk.
Taylor Dowhaniuk had 12 points, 10 rebounds and nine blocked shots.
Cicuttini scored 15 points and added 10 boards and Iavarone had 16 points and six rebounds.
“It is disappointing to have not won a game on the trip,” said Jonker. “All three were winnable games but we didn’t take care of the ball and didn’t play with the enthusiasm necessary to win.”
Despite rallying from two sets down, the Mohawk men’s volleyball team had to settle for a runner-up finish at the Alden Cup Tournament in St. Petersburg-Clearwater, Florida.
Mohawk dropped a 3-2 decision to the Sheridan Bruins on Saturday.
The scores were 18-25, 23-25, 25-23, 25-14, 13-15. Isaac Cook had seven kills, five blocks and two service aces for Mohawk.
In earlier play the Mountaineers swept Saint-Jean-Sur-Richelieu of Quebec 25-16, 25-14, 25-18 as Trevor McLaughlin had 12 kills and two blocks.
Mohawk took three of four from Humber, 25-23, 25-21, 23-25, 25-23, as McLaughlin again led the way with 13 kills and one block.
Humber won the tournament.
The Mohawk women’s volleyball team finished 4-6 in their pool, but their record was not good enough to advance to the playoffs at the Adidas Cup Women’s Volleyball Classic at Durham College in Oshawa last weekend.
On day one, the Mountaineers drew 1-1 with Conestoga.
The scores were 12-25 and 25-22. Mohawk then tied host Durham 25-19, 14-25.
In their final match of the first day the Mountaineers bowed 15-25, 22-25 to George Brown.
Rookie Natalie Pzerwa had 12 service aces over the first three matches.
The Mountaineers opened day two with a 12-25, 20-25 loss to Canadore. Corinne McGrath had 17 assists and eight digs.
Mohawk bounced back with a 25-14, 25-17 sweep of Loyalist. Rookie Kirsten Bialachowski had a breakout match with 12 kills and seven digs.