Top-Ranked Nighthawks Move To 20-0

Basketball player JaBryant Hill crouched down holding the ball.The No.1 ranked National Park College (NPC) Nighthawk men’s basketball team (20-0) picked up a 88-76 victory over Arkansas State University Mid-South (ASU Mid-South) Monday in National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Region 2 play to remain undefeated on the season.

A hot start from sophomore forward Nakavieon White (Odessa, Texas) set the tempo for NPC early, scoring seven of the team’s first 11 points. With each team trading the lead over the first four minutes, White’s three-pointer with 15:47 remaining put NPC in front for good, 9-8. Dominant defense fueled the Nighthawks throughout the first half, with sophomore center Taylor Harrell (Houston, Texas) controlling the rebounding battle for NPC. Sophomore guards Patrick Punch (Houston, Texas) and Ja’Bryant Hill (Dallas, Texas) added nine points apiece in the first half as NPC cruised to a 47-34 halftime advantage.

The Nighthawks remained red-hot over the final 20 minutes, opening the second half on an 8-2 run and never looking back. Hill shined down the stretch, scoring 15 points, including three treys. Harrell, who leads the nation in field goal percentage, padded the lead with offensive rebounds and put-backs as the Nighthawks completed the regular-season sweep of the Greyhounds.

Hill led the Nighthawks in scoring with 24 points. White added 19 points and 11Nakavieon White holding the basketball away from defense. assists, while Punch contributed 14 points. Harrell finished with 12 points and 14 rebounds, while sophomore forward Anthony Swift (Las Vegas, Nevada) finished with 12 points in the win.

The Nighthawks play host to Southern Arkansas University Tech Thursday, February 8 at 6:30 p.m. []The game will be streamed live on the Nighthawk Network.

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