Turnovers and missed free throws cost Nighthawks

Turnovers and missed free throws cost Nighthawks

ANNANDALE – Terrell Walker had a team-high 16 points, while Robert Tartt added 15 and grabbed eight rebounds, but it was not enough for the Northern Virginia Community College men's basketball team as Allegany left town Monday night with an 85-68 win.

The Nighthawks committed 26 turnovers and were 10-of-20 from the line drop to 12-11 and return to action Tuesday night at CCBC Catonsville.

Both team struggled to start the game, as neither squad hit the bottom of the net in the first three and a half minutes.

Then over the next minute both team swapped three's and then Walker gave the Nighthawks a 5-3 advantage on a shot down low. NOVA though went cold after the Walker bunny, as ACM went on a 6-0 run to go up 9-5 at the 12 minute mark.

Just as quickly as the Trojans got hot, the Nighthawks would heat up again as they used an 11-5 run to take a two point lead. Minutes later, however, an ACM three began a 12-2 swing, which put NOVA in an 11 point hole.

The Nighthawks would chip away at their deficit, but would only get within four at the break as Tartt scored an old fashion three point play near intermission.

Less than five minutes into the second period, ACM extended its lead to 11, but it was Michael Elliot's turn to hit from deep and try and spark the Nighthawks offense.

Elliot's trifecta did not ignite NOVA, as the Trojans went up by a dozen and the Nighthawks were not able to get any closer than eight. ACM would use a game-clinching 16-7 swing to hold on for the win.