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Mohawk takes revenge against Lancers
Mohawk (54) Vs. Neshannock (46)
The Mohawk High boys basketball team had everything going against it heading into last night’s game versus Neshannock.

The Warriors were lugging a four-game losing streak and were defeated by the Lancers earlier this season.

To make matters worse, coach Kevin Wrona missed yesterday’s game because of flu-like symptoms.

But thanks to the guidance of assistant coach Rob Fadden and a 29-point performance from Jake Grim, Mohawk was able to upset Neshannock, 54-46, in nonsection play.

“It’s more of a credit to the kids,” said Fadden, a 1995 Mohawk graduate. “It was different but they didn’t make it different.”

The Warriors (4-6) overcame a resounding start to the game by Neshannock guard Bobby Nittinger, who scored all 19 of his team’s points in the first quarter. Nittinger finished with a team-high 22.

“We weren’t finding him,” Fadden said. “With a player of his caliber, if you’re not finding him, he’s going to make you pay for it.”

Unlike the two teams’ previous matchup (a 64-45 Neshannock victory), Mohawk was able to adjust to the Lancers’ attack. Grim held Nittinger to three points in the final three quarters, while the Warriors’ offense overcame the Lancers’ 1-2-2 press.

Mohawk began its comeback with a 13-7 run in the second quarter and finished Neshannock (6-3) off with a dominating second half in which it outscored the Lancers, 37-20.

“In the second half, we played predominantly man-to-man,” Fadden said. “The kids did a really good job of playing team defense.”

Mohawk iced the win from the foul line, draining 11 of 14 attempts in the fourth quarter. Grim contributed with a 14-of-15 performance from the charity stripe.

The 54-point outing is the most points Mohawk has scored this season.

“It was probably as good of a team effort as we’ve had all year,” Fadden said. “It’s a good way to head back into section play with some confidence and some momentum.”

The Warriors will look to improve upon their 1-1 record in WPIAL Section 2-AA action against Laurel on Friday, while Neshannock begins Section 1-A play at home against Western Beaver the same night.
Game Scoreboard
Mohawk 4 13 16 21 0 54
Neshannock 19 7 10 10 0 46
Box Scores
Bobby Nittinger 7 3-5 22
Joey Fontana 0 2-6 2
C.J. VanEman 3 0-0 7
John Sansone 0 0-0 0
Eric Bruening 2 2-5 6
Brandon Marinelli 4 0-0 8
Nick Graziani 0 0-0 0
Anthony VanEman 0 1-2 1.
Totals: 16 8-18 46.

Jake Grim 7 14-15 29
Josh Morrow 3 0-0 7
Michael Pope 2 0-2 4
Cody Searfoss 1 0-0 3
Shane Eichenlaub 1 2-2 5
Andrew Brown 1 0-0 2
Mitchell Grim 2 0-0 4.
Totals: 17 16-19 54.

NESHANNOCK 19 7 10 10 — 46
MOHAWK 4 13 16 21 — 54
3-point goals — Neshannock 6 (Nittinger 5, C.J. VanEman 1), Mohawk 4 (Grim 1, Searfoss 1, Eichenlaub 1, Morrow 1).
JV score: Neshannock 34, Mohawk 28. High scorer: N — Nick Graziani 16. M — Jimmy Gerazounis 9, Mitchell Grim 9.
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