HOT SPRINGS, Ark. – Six-foot-4 sophomore Joe Ramey put on a show for the National Park College basketball fans Thursday night at The Kettle. Ramey led the Nighthawks scoring with 17 points, including four spectacular dunks in leading NPC past South Arkansas Community College (El Dorado), 98-85.
The Nighthawks (11-6) scored the game’s first 11 points, and led 19-2 with 14:12 left in the first half. Four minutes later head coach Dillon Hargrove started substituting. NPC’s fresh players were cold, and the Stars caught fire. Lee Champion and Derrion Davis combined for 29 first half points to rally South Arkansas within eight (53-45) at intermission.
“Our first group came out with a lot of energy, and when we put our subs in they weren’t ready to go,” said Hargrove. “Going forward, we’ve got one conference game left at Mid-South.
South Arkansas coach congratulated
“Congrats to coach Nick Davis (South Arkansas), he’s done a great job in El Dorado since last year. The conference tournament is after Monday’s game, and it’s a mixed up batch for second place through fifth. I believe we’re third right now. We hope to host a tournament game.”
Ramey did more than score Thursday night. He contributed nine rebounds, blocked two shots, and added three assists. Ramey had lots of help on “Sophomore Night.” Sayvon Traylor scored 15 points, with three treys. Terry Clardy Jr. poured in 14 points, with a couple of 3-pointers. Kam Vick buried two bombs and scored 12 points, while Kylil Anderson scored 10.
Champion and Davis shared the spotlight with National Park’s Ramey. Davis had a game-high 29 points, with Davis close behind with 22 points. Darbee Forte and Shelby Belin combined for 21 points, and four 3-pointers.
The Stars (5-14) rallied within five points with 10 minutes left in the game. Coach put his starters back on the floor, and it wasn’t long before NPC was leading by 20 again. South Arkansas made one last charge, cutting the margin to 13 at the final buzzer.