Nighthawks cap­ture hoops ti­tle

The News (New Glasgow) - - SPORTS -

The Northum­ber­land Nighthawks var­sity men’s bas­ket­ball team went un­de­feated to win the first an­nual Northum­ber­land New Year’s tour­na­ment last week­end.

The six-team tour­na­ment in­cluded teams from Cobe­quid Ed­u­ca­tional Cen­tre, Cabot Ed­u­ca­tion Cen­tre, Avon View High School, Strait Area Ed­u­ca­tion and Recre­ation Cen­tre and Glace Bay High School.

The host Nighthawks pow­ered back from a slow start to de­feat the CEC ju­nior var­sity Cougars 95-76 in the open­ing game of the tour­na­ment on Satur­day. Northum­ber­land won its se­cond game of the day against Cabot with a score of 96-60 to fin­ish first in its pool, set­ting up a cham­pi­onship game matchup against top pool B fin­isher, Avon View.

The Nighthawks brought great en­ergy to the court Sun­day in a 96-57 vic­tory to cap­ture the ti­tle.

Raine DeCoste, Tyler Wat­ters and Mar­cus Ma­cLeod were named play­ers of the game dur­ing tour­na­ment play and Wa­ters, Der­rick Cho and Bray­den Mac­Don­ald re­ceived hus­tle awards. DeCoste was named de­fen­sive all-star for the Nighthawks and Glen Cox was tour­na­ment MVP.

“I’m very proud of how the boys played to­day,” said head coach Mark Stin­son af­ter the cham­pi­onship game.

Stin­son said he hopes to grow the an­nual tour­na­ment and have 12 teams par­tic­i­pate next year.

The Nighthawks travel to Wind­sor next week­end for a tour­na­ment hosted by Avon View.

HAN­NAH WAR­REN PHOTO

The Northum­ber­land Nighthawks var­sity men cap­tured the ti­tle at a tour­na­ment they hosted last week­end, the first an­nual Nighthawks New Year’s Bas­ket­ball Tour­na­ment. In front, from left, are Ál­varo Ortega, Lex­ter Rico, Jonah MacEach­ern and Bray­den Mac­Don­ald. Back row, as­sis­tant coach Erik Nielsen, head coach Mark Stin­son, Glen Cox, Raine DeCoste, Mar­cus Ma­cLeod, Rhys Steven­son, Tyler Wat­ters, Der­rick Cho and as­sis­tant coach Steve Ma­cLeod.

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