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Mohawk Valley Edges Dukes in Third Place Game

Mohawk Valley Edges Dukes in Third Place Game

The #3 seeded Mohawk Valley Community College Hawks took third place at the National Tournament, handing the Dukes a 70-60 loss. With the defeat, the Dukes finished fifth in the NJCAA National Tournament.

After trailing early the Dukes evened the scored at 19 with 6:28 remaining in the second half. Mohawk Valley then reeled off 11 straight points over the next two minutes to lead 30-19. Cumberland was able to narrow the deficit to seven (32-25) at the half.

The Dukes opened up the 2nd half on a 13-3 run to knot the contest at 38.  The two sides traded baskets for a good part of the 2nd half, then Mowak Valley keyed a 6-0 run late to lead 60-51 with 3:20 left. Tamyra Smith scored two straight buckets for the Dukes and Sahara Lopez added a pair from the line to cut the Mohawk lead. With 1:34 left, the Dukes found themselves down 62-58, before Mohawk's #4 knocked down two free throws.  Santiago put in an offensive rebound to keep the game within 4.  Unfortunately, the Dukes did not have enough down the stretch, as the Hawks sealed the game with late free-throws. 

Jovan Childers led the Dukes in scoring with 21 points on the evening.  Caroline Santiago added 15 points and 16 rebounds in the losing effort.  The season ends on a sour note, but the Lady Dukes achieved new heights for the basketball program, capturing the first Region 19 Title in schoold history.