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Mountaineers win big in basketball home opener

The Mohawk Mountaineers men’s basketball team played their home opener on Oct. 25 against the Conestoga Condors. The Mountaineers were coming off their first win of the season over the Niagara Knights.

The first quarter started as a back-and-forth game, with both teams scoring until it was tied at 12, before the Mountaineers went on to take the early lead. After the first quarter of play, the Mountaineers led the game 29-12.

In the second quarter, the Mountaineers would start to run away with the game, at one point scoring 14 unanswered points. The Mountaineers would also hold the Condors to 13 points in the quarter. Mohawk led 56-25 at halftime.

The Mountaineers would continue to add to their lead in the third quarter. The Condors tried to close the gap, but at the end of the third, the Mountaineers led the game 85-42.

The fourth quarter saw the Mountaineers build their lead even further and they wouldn’t give it up. The final score was 110-66.

With the win against Conestoga, the Mountaineers start the season at 2-0.

“It feels good, but we can’t get too excited with ourselves,” Mountaineers head coach Jamie Girolametto said after the game.

“We have big goals and so we have to make sure we stay focused on each and every game,” he added.

While the team isn’t getting too excited over starting the season 2-0, both the coach and the players are feeling good about the way the game went.

“It feels amazing, especially against a good team like Conestoga, we came out and we executed pretty well and there’s nothing better than getting your first win at home,” Mountaineers forward Jerry Mercury said.

Hadi El-Miari led the Condors with 24 points and Mercury led the Mountaineers with 20 points. The Mountaineers’ next game is on Oct. 28 when they play the Canadore Panthers.

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