It seems it's always something special when the Sheridan Bruins come down the QEW to face the Mohawk Mountaineers in OCAA men's basketball.
So we should not be surprised we had another 'seat squirmer' at the David Braley Athletic and Recreation Centre Friday (Feb. 8).
The upstart Mountaineers, with six wins, had to face a Bruins squad, riding a six game win streak.
But throw that fact away. What we got was a great contest with Mohawk prevailing 100-99.
The Mountaineers led by one point after one quarter, Sheridan led by one at half time and Mohawk led by three after the third period.
By this time both teams were all cranked up and ready for a great, physical, final 10 minutes and the fans were lapping it up.
There were 19 lead changes and 12 tied scores during the game.
In the dying seconds it appeared Sheridan would get a chance to win the game, but Mohawk, had a foul to give. They used that advantage and the Bruins had to inbound the ball from the sideline with only 2.8 seconds to go. They were unable to make a buzzer-beater and the home side held on.
Mohawk's big men were outstanding and their top two scorers in the game were lethal on 3-pointers when they were needed. Emanuel Otong had 27 points and was five-for-seven on three point attempts. Matt Foster, who had 22 points went one better from beyond the arc, as he was six of eight. Cudjoe Masuka had 20 points on the night.
For Sheridan, Kahleek Bakari and Nick Campbell each had 23 points.
Mohawk head coach Brian Jonker had special praise for Foster, who he says is getting better and better. "Not only can he shoot, he guards the opponent's best player all the time and is going to be something special before he leaves (Mohawk)."
The news was not all good for the Mountaineers. Coach Jonker noted St. Clair won Friday and his team would have to win its final three games for a post season spot. One of those wins would have to be at Humber on Wednesday against the unbeaten Hawks. But the coach said, they have to lose sometime.