I have been trying to get to this one all day, but if you check out the site, you can see this has been another busy day at the ‘old ballyard. We have had basketball, football, and baseball, all coming through the pages of Greensborosports.com today. High School and College seem to have dominated the scene and now we need to get to that big game from last night.
Northern-Dudley at NG and when I walked in the door, the Nighthawks were already out in front 17-2j and it had been 15-0 NG at the outset.
I was getting there as quick as I could from the Greensboro College-Methodist women’s game(5:30 start, ending around 7:10 pm) and it looked like Northern was ready to salt this one away in the first quarter.
Dudley had other plans as the Panthers went on a tear with Brennan Wyatt and PJ Hairston connecting from the outside to make it close, but in the second half, Dudley was about as cold as it was outside last night, it was almost like the Panthers couldn’t buy a bucket/basket.
I told people back in December of 2007 that the Nighthawks were going to be good and I was dead-on right. Last night NG was dominant for the majority of the game and they went on to win this by 20, 74-54 as most of you already know and now as I said above, it is Advantage Northern.
Both teams are tied for the top spot in the Triad 3-A Conference and chances are we will see them going at it again for the tournament tltle in two weeks at Northeast Guilford.
Advantage Northern now, because they have gotten over the hump and beaten Dudley in basketball for the first time. Northern led Dudley by 14 at Dudley before the Panthers made their patented run and won it, 61-60, on a Trey Godette free throw.
Last night Northern found a way to finish and they finished strong. Dudley is not accustomed to having to come from behind and win games. Dudley has trouble coming back, at least they did last night and again, it is not a position they are used to being in.
Dudley might have had an off night shooting, but you have to also give credit to the Nighthawks defense. Jacob Lawson was blocking shots right and left on the inside and he was for the most part staying out of foul trouble. Jonathan Frye was rebounding on the inside and that gave him the chance for several extra looks on the offensive end. Michael Neal was hitting shots from all over the place and Dylan Berry was shooting the ball like he owned or even built the gymnasium, plus the Nighthawks were getting excellent contributions from everyone that played, with the exception of maybe Chris McCain, and he looked rusty.
Last night was Northern’s night and again, Dudley may have been a bit off, but the Nighthawks have found themselves a pretty nice nest to play in out off of Spencer-Dixon Road.
Dudley will bounce back and we need to start asking if anybody has the phone number for the Northeast Guilford ticket office so we can go ahead and start getting our tickets for round three that’s coming up later this month when the Panthers and Nighthawks will meet again for the Triad 3-A Conference tournament title.
Right now as February 5, 2009:Advantage NG