Nighthawks split with Champion Christian College

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NPC sophomore Kam Vick (0) passes while be defended by Champion Christian's Ariyon Williams (13). The Nighthawks won.

 

HOT SPRINGS, AR. – The National Park College (NPC) Nighthawks basketball teams split their series with crosstown rival Champion Christian College on Saturday. The Nighthawk women lost, 89-66, and the Nighthawk men won, 71-62.

In a back-and-forth first quarter, the Nighthawk women (1-3) stayed within two scores for the majority of the first act. They led by a five-point effort from sophomore Imani Honey (Hot Springs). In the second quarter, the NCCAA No. 2-ranked Lady Tigers took advantage at the free throw line to build a 40-29 halftime lead.

Champion Christian College opened the second half with a hot start, bruising the Nighthawk defense for a 10-2 run to start the third quarter. NPC continued to struggle from the free throw line, allowing the Lady Tigers to boost their lead to 20 points and cruise to their eighth win of the season.

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NPC sophomore Makayla-Kai Montiho drives for two points against Champion Christian.

Honey leads Nighthawks women

Honey led the Nighthawks in scoring with 16 points in the loss.

After opening with a 7-2 run to start the game, the Nighthawk men found themselves in a close battle with the Tigers throughout the majority of the first half. Leading, 18-15, midway through the half, the Nighthawks embarked on an 8-0 run, paced by sophomore Terry Clardy Jr. (Conway), but Champion Christian College quickly chipped away at the deficit, with the Nighthawks settling for a 33-28 halftime lead.

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In the second half, the Nighthawks flourished behind big scoring efforts from sophomores Sayvon Traylor (Conyers, GA) and Kam Vick (Hot Springs) to build a double-digit lead.  The Tigers attempted a late comeback with less than six minutes remaining. The capitalized on turnovers and free throws to pull within seven points, but ran out of time to overturn the scoreboard.

Traylor led the Nighthawks in scoring with 18 points, while Vick and Clardy Jr. added 16 and 12 points, respectively, in the win.

The Nighthawk men and women play host to East Texas Baptist University’s junior varsity teams today. The women tip off at 5 p.m. with the men following at 7 p.m. General admission tickets to NPC home games can be purchased at http://np.edu/tickets. Tickets for faculty and staff can be obtained at http://np.edu/np-tickets. The games will be live streamed at www.xzerosports.com.