|Posted by THE BOSS on February 21, 2015 at 12:15 AM|
In the first regular season game for both teams after the Trophy pool matches, an almost full-strength Old Boys proved too powerful for the seven Mohawks fit and well enough to play. Old Boys were first to move the scoreboard in the 1st minute with the first of many inside moves from Andy Broughton. Nick Watt levelled the scores with a mid-range jumper in the 2nd, but Andy and Rahquon stretched it again before Adam scored Mohawk’s second basket in the 4th. Two more fake and drive moves from Andy took the veterans to 10-4, then Jahmell scored one of a charity pair. Keenan got his first points on a fast break, Pete scored his first three of the night on his first attempt and Abe got his first basket in the 9th to open up a twelve-point lead. Charlie swished a corner three for the home team at the end of the 9th but Andy hit straight back with two more baskets and a perfect pair from the line to see him finish on an impressive 14 points in the quarter. Nick made a free throw for a technical towards the end of the period, but Old Boys were looking comfortable at 23-9.
Pete hit another trey at the start of the 2nd quarter and Keenan made a pair of frees to stretch the lead to 19 points before Nick could make two more baskets to reduce it to 15. Abe finished off a seven-pass offence and Pete hit another three from the corner to take the lead straight back up to 20, though. He followed that by chasing Mike on a fast break and timing the jump right for a clean block on the lay-up. Nick and Chris rebounded and cleaned up inside to peg it back a little again, but Old Boys went on another 8-0 run with two scores from Keenan, Ellis finishing a three-man weave and Andy scoring another in the paint before Nick could pull another one back for Mohawks. Old Boys took the quarter 18-10 for a half-time score of 41-19.
Abe, Rahquon, Andy and Tony all scored to stretch the lead to 30 in the first five minutes of the second half before Nick could get another couple of scores, but Lee came straight back for Old Boys with a two and a three from the top. Jahmell swished a mid-range jumper for Mohawks in the 7th, but Tony laid-up twice and made a bonus free in the 8th before Nick could score yet again. Abe finished the quarter with two more inside scores and Chris got another for Mohawks, but the period ended 22-10 to Old Boys to put them in the lead by 34 on 63-29.
Lesser teams may have given up at this point, but Mohawks showed the spirit of Kevin and came out for the final period fired up to win the quarter at least and to do it in some style. Charlie hit another three-pointer in the 1st and Chris rebounded and put back to reduce it by five straight off. Abe got one back for Old Boys, but Nick and Mike scored again for Mohawks. Abe scored again, but Mohawks went on another mini-run with one of a pair and a lay-up for Mike and another jumper from Nick. Gordon made one of a pair for Old Boys, then Jahmell made both of his frees in the 8th. Keenan scored a three from the top, Ebuka hit a short baseline jumper, then Rahquon got Old Boy’s last basket in the 9th before another 5-0 run from Mohawks with another score from Nick and two more from Mike. Mohawks finished an impressive 24-10 on the quarter, but Old Boys had done enough damage in the first three quarters to win the game 73-53.
Nick was MVP for Mohawks for his consistent scoring throughout the game to finish on 23 points, while Andy picked up his 6th MVP of the season for his 14-point first quarter, 18 points in total and numerous rebounds and assists. As always in this club, though, it was the ‘never quit’ spirit from all nineteen who played that made for a hard-fought, entertaining game.
Old Boys; Broughton 18 (MVP), Ahmed 14, Lawrence 11, Radford 9, Kissoon 7, Chambers 6, Eleazar 5, Bowen 2, Shovlin 1.
Mohawks; Watt 21 (MVP), Rivera 9, James 7, Walker 6, LaFrenais 6, Ekwegh 2.
Reported by P. Radford, 20/2/15