ANNANDALE – The postseason officially gets underway Thursday for the Northern Virginia Community College women's basketball team, while the men begin play Friday afternoon. Both squads are playing in the NJCAA Region 20 Division II Tournament at North East, Md., on the campus of Cecil College.
Thursday, March 8
2 p.m. – Women's Basketball vs. Hagerstown (Quarterfinal NJCAA Region 20 Tournament)
Friday, March 9
12 p.m. – Men's Basketball vs. Beaver County (Quarterfinal NJCAA Region 20 Tournament)
Saturday, March 10 (If necessary)
12 p.m. – Women's Basketball vs. Cecil (Semifinal NJCAA Region 20 Tournament)
4 p.m. – Men's Basketball vs. TBA (Semifinal NJCAA Region 20 Tournament)
Sunday, March 11 (If necessary)
12 p.m. – Women's Basketball vs. TBA (Championship NJCAA Region 20 Tournament)
2 p.m. – Men's Basketball vs. TBA (Championship NJCAA Region 20 Tournament)
After a five-game winning streak that was snapped Feb. 21 against Cecil, the Nighthawks dropped two straight before finishing the regular season on a high note. NOVA won the final two games of the season. One of the Nighthawks victories was over 13th ranked Frederick after getting 20 points from Michael Elliot.
In those two victories to close the season, Elliot led the Nighthawks in scoring at 20 points per game, while Trevaun Hyatt averaged 14.5 rebounds and 18 points.
Against Catonsville, Hyatt grabbed a career-high 20 rebounds, which are the second most in a game for the Nighthawks. Chris Archie holds the school the record of 23 that was set Feb. 3, 2015 against Patrick Henry.
NOVA began the month of February with a 63-60 win over Anne Arundel, but following the 4-2 start to the second half of the season the Nighthawks dropped six of their last nine games. NOVA defeated Thomas Nelson and CCBC Catonsville to close the season.
During those final nine games of the season, the Nighthawks averaged nearly 62 points per game and allowed 77.3 per game. NOVA also shot just 32 percent from field and 27 percent from outside the arc. Individually, Jalita Montgomery averaged 21 points and 6.3 rebounds, while Bilan Hajinur scored almost eight a game and grabbed over 6.5 rebounds.
Montgomery also continues to close in on the 1,000-point mark for her career, as she is now just 44 points away.