ALMA — The Northumberland Nighthawks are starting to make a noise in boys’ senior high school basketball.
A recent winning streak raised the Nighthawks’ record to 12-7, capped by four wins in the January Thaw tournament last weekend in Springhill.
“I really think our team chemistry has improved,” said Nighthawks co-captain Liam Neilsen, explaining the team’s recent rise. “We know each other’s movements and our defence has been lock-down.”
The winning stretch included a 79-77 victory over the North Nova Gryphons on January 3 and two wins the following weekend by scores of 56-45 and 60-56 over the host King-Edgehill team in Windsor.
The two games against Kings-Edgehill occurred when two teams scheduled to play in a tournament there did not show up.
The Nighthawks are scheduled to host the Amherst Vikings at 6 p.m. today in Alma.
Heading into last weekend, the Nighthawks had posted two wins each against Kings-Edgehill and North Colchester, as well as single wins over North Nova, Springhill, Central Kings, South Colchester and Pictou Academy.
The Nighthawks defeated North Colchester 75-60, outscored Cabot 110-95, topped Springhill 117-69 and advanced to the championship where they posted a 93-79 victory over Cabot.
Scotsburn resident Glen Cox of the Nighthawks, who is averaging 40 points a game, was tournament most valuable player, while Mitch MacGillivray, Rhys Stevenson, Marcus MacLeod and Tom MacKenzie were named player of the game.
The basketball schedule includes regional playoffs on February 16 and 17, qualifiers on February 23 and 24 and provincial championships in the four divisions on March 1, 2 and 3.
The Northumberland Nighthawks went undefeated on Friday and Saturday during a two-day high school boys basketball tournament in Springhill. Front row, from left: Tom MacKenzie, Lexter Rico, Jonah MacEachern, Brayden MacDonald, Liam Nielsen and Matt Russell. Back row: coach Nick Irvine, Ben Conway, Marcus MacLeod, Mitch MacGillivray, Glen Cox, Rhys Stevenson, Luke Fortune and coach Joey Desmond. Missing from the photo are coach Tony Wright and manager Erik Nielsen. (Submitted photo)