Mohawk keeps playoff hopes alive with win
Neshannock (58) Vs. Mohawk (61)
By Kayleen Cubbal
New Castle News

They don’t get much better than last night’s Neshannock-Mohawk boys basketball game.

Lucas Grim made a pair of free throws with 10 seconds left and Ernie Burkes missed a 3-pointer at the buzzer as the Warriors upset the visiting Lancers 61-58 in WPIAL Section 2-AA action.

The loss put a serious dent in the section title hopes of the Lancers (7-3 section, 13-4 overall). Beaver Falls is atop the league standings at 9-1, followed by Aliquippa at 8-2.

Mohawk (3-7, 7-10) remains in contention for one of the section’s four available WPIAL playoff spots. The Warriors are currently one game out of the final spot.

“This week, we’ve played some good basketball,” Mohawk coach Rob Fadden said. “We’re playing much better right now. Hopefully we can keep it going to close the season.

“Defensively, I think we’re playing so much harder as a team. We were facing some (talented) guards. Those guys are going to get their points. I thought we did a nice job with our team defense.

“I can’t stress enough the team aspect of it,” he added. “Every guy we put on the floor had a hand in it tonight. Everyone is contributing.”

Neshannock coach John Corey gave credit to both teams for a hotly-contested game.

“I thought we played hard and Mohawk played really hard,” he said. “Defensively, we gave up too many easy buckets in the second half. It was a back-and-forth game, we were up two going to the fourth. Unfortunately, not enough buckets fell for us in the fourth quarter.”

Zach Shasteen led Mohawk with 15 points, including 11 in the second half.

Shane McFarland added 11 and Jonathan Grim chipped in with 10.

Burkes paced the Lancers with 19 points. Fadden pointed out that his buzzer-beater “was contested, he didn’t get a clean look.”

Jimmy Medure added 17 points and five rebounds for Neshannock and Ethan Moose checked in with 11 points, six rebounds and six steals. Matt Seltzer added five rebounds.

“I think we’re still a good basketball team,” Corey said. “There are areas we have to get better. We’ve faced a little adversity this last week or so (the Lancers were upset at Riverside last week). It’s still a very positive year for us. There is a lot of time for us to win some more games. A lot of our goals are still attainable. The key is to get us to playing great basketball again.”

Game Scoreboard
Neshannock 13 17 16 12 0 58
Mohawk 13 17 14 17 0 61
Box Scores
Ernie Burkes 6 4-5 19
Matt McKinney 0 0-0 0
Ethan Moose 4 3-4 11
Matt Seltzer 3 1-3 7
Jimmy Medure 7 2-2 17
Fred Mozzocio 0 0-0 0
Marcus Giangiuli 1 2-3 4
Frank Antuono 0 0-0 0
Totals: 21 12-17 58

Tyler Rader 3 0-0 7
Zach Shasteen 6 3-4 15
Travis Giardina 2 2-2 6
Ricky Malutic 2 0-0 5
Isaac Stroebel 0 0-0 0
Michael Kurtz 0 0-0 0
Gio Menichino 3 0-0 7
Spencer McConahy 0 0-1 0
Shane McFarland 4 1-3 11
Jonathan Grim 3 4-7 10
Totals: 23 10-17 61

NESHANNOCK 13 17 16 12 — 58
MOHAWK 13 17 14 17 — 61

3-point goals — Neshannock 4 (Burkes 3, Medure 1), Mohawk 5 (Rader 1, Malutic 1, Menichino 1, McFarland 2).
JV score: Mohawk 51, Neshannock 50. High scorer: M — Ricky Malutic 25; N — Jake Rylott 15.
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