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Men’s basketball team wins, moves up national rankings

27 November 2013 No Comment

Mohawk’s men’s basketball team defeated the Humber Hawks 94-80 on Saturday night for a big win against a division rival.

The win puts the Mountaineers at 6-1 for the season, while the Hawks fall to 5-3. Mohawk’s men extended their winning streak to five games and have moved from nine to six in the Canadian Collegiate Athletics Association rankings.

Strong defence and an aggressive offense had the Mountaineers up by 12 at the end of the first quarter, as they held the Hawks to just nine points.

Despite the close game, the second half was almost all Mohawk, outscoring the Hawks 54-42 to take 94-80 win.The Hawks stormed back in the second quarter, hitting more shots from the outside, and breaking up the Mountaineers’ zone defense. Despite some offensive slip-ups, Mohawk kept getting to the free throw line and held a two-point lead going into the half.

Forward Andrew Cicuttini was dominant on both ends of the court, putting up 30 points and pulling down 16 rebounds. Cicuttini’s work would be rewarded when he was named the Ontario Colleges Athletics Association basketball player of the week. Guard Matt Fennell also played a strong game, finishing with 29 points, 11 rebounds, and going a perfect 17 of 17 from the free throw line. Mountaineers center Taylor Dowhaniuk played a very strong defensive game with 15 rebounds and five blocks.

“Our game plan was to rebound hard and take it straight to them,” said Cicuttini. “We did just that.”

The Mountaineers’ attack had the Hawks plagued by foul troubles, accumulating 35 personal fouls throughout the game. Mohawk scored 42 points from the foul line alone. Humber showed some frustration with Mohawk’s ability to get to the line, earning four technical fouls during the game.

“It’s certainly the tougher part of the schedule right now,” said Mohawk coach Brian Jonker. “This stretch of Humber, Fanshawe, and Sheridan to finish the first semester is a daunting one but it’s nice to get the first win today.”

The Mountaineer men hope to continue their winning streak as they travel to Fanshawe

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