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Varsity Update - November 17, 2008

Men’s Basketball

The Lambton Lions got off to a quick start and roared to a 125-105 victory over the Mohawk Mountaineers in Ontario Colleges Athletic Association men's basketball at the Fennell Gym November 11. The Lions were up by 18 points nine minutes into the game and even though Mohawk whittled that down to eight points the visitors started hitting their shots again and led 65-51 at the half. The Sarnia team came out strong after the break as well. They made an immediate three-pointer and converted a turnover for another two points. They upped their lead to a game high 31 points after going past the century mark with just over nine minutes to go. A fairly good late run brought Mohawk to within 16 points, but Lambton closed out the 20-point decision. Mountaineers' head coach Brian Jonker said his team had alot of missed assignments, and looked pretty poor pressuring. "We need to create turnovers to be effective, said Jonker. "The last game and a half we've not created as many as we need in comparison to what we're giving up on the other end. We don't mind the layups that they're scoring if they're contested. The pace of play was good. We like the score, we're just not on the right end of it." Jerome Smith (St.Thomas More) led Mohawk with 23 points. Alen Beader (Glendale) scored 15 and Rickey Heath (Glendale) added 14. Mohamed Farah of Lambton led all scorers with 29 points.

Women’s Volleyball

The Mohawk women's volleyball team made quick work of the Lambton Lions, scoring a 3-0 win in Ontario Colleges Athletic Association play November 11 at the Fennell Gymnasium.

The scores were 25-10, 25-6, 25-13. With the victory Mohawk improved its West Region record to 3-1, while Lambton fell to 0-5. Leah Waxman (Port Dover Composite School) had nine kills for the Mountaineers. Rachel VanHartingsveldt (Durham Christian High School) had six kills and Candice Kragten (Cayuga Secondary School) recorded four kills, one stuff block and four service aces.

Mohawk head coach Brian McEnhill admitted it was not a hard victory for his team, but one of its goals was to keep the momentum moving throughout the contest. "That to me was a successful goal, said McEnhill. "We kept the pressure on, kept swinging and kept passing well." The coach was also pleased to be able to get all of his players in, which was nice for the home opener.

The Mountaineers then moved on to Fanshawe College in London for a pair of weekend exhibition tests November 15-16. In their first match they downed Algonquin Thunder of Ottawa 3-1 (25-18, 25-19, 21-25, 25-21) The next day they swept Durham Lords from Oshawa 3-0 (25-15, 25-22, 25-20). The two teams decided to play a fourth set and Mohawk lost that one 14-25, but coach McEnhill was able to get his bench some valuable playing time, with the additional game.

Men’s Volleyball

The Mohawk men got a split of their exhibition matches at Fanshawe College in London November 15-16. The Mountaineers absorbed a 3-1 loss to Algonquin Thunder of Ottawa in their first match. The scores were 25-15, 20-25, 22-25, 20-25. But Mohawk came back the next day with a 3-2 win over the Durham Lords of Oshawa. The scores were 25-23, 17-25, 24-26, 25-20, 15-13. Mohawk coach James Bradley, who did not have all of his players available for the weekend because of personal and injury reasons, used the opportunity to move some of his players around to see what they could do.