First half lead doesn’t hold

First half lead doesn’t hold

ANNANDALE – Following a Frank Agyemang old fashion three-point play, the Northern Virginia Community College men's basketball team built a seven point first half advantage near the end of the opening 20 minutes, however, Allegany rebounded in the second period to grab the 87-69 NJCAA Region 20 victory.

The Nighthawks stumble to 0-1 and are back in action Wednesday, Nov. 8 when in-state foe Richard Bland comes to Ernst Gymnasium for a 7:30 p.m. contest.

Shugar Carmen scored the first bucket for NOVA in the opening half, and the Nighthawks never trailed. Five minutes after Carmen's bucket, Drew Jackson nailed a shot down low to push the lead to 14-8.

A couple of minutes later, Trevaun Hyatt, who scored 10 points and grabbed 15 rebounds pushed the Nighthawks advantage up nine, which would be the high-water mark.

NOVA allowed the Trojans to get within three (18-15) just under the midway point of the first stanza, but a 6-0 run got the lead back to nine.

A turnover and two missed from shots by NOVA allowed ACM to close the first half on a 5-0 run, which got the NOVA lead down to a bucket at the intermission.

Less than three minutes into the second period, ACM grabbed its first lead and it would never relinquished the advantage.

Agyemang brought NOVA within three with 10:59 remaining, but the Trojans went up by 11 just a minute later. That would be as close as the Nighthawks could get in the second half, as ACM closed the contest with its largest lead of 18.