NightHawks Fall To Dallas In Regular Season Finale 129-108
Rockville, MD - In their final regular season game March 16, the Nighthawks fell to the Dallas Defenders 129-108 behind a poor defensive effort.
The Defenders took complete control of the game with a pivotal third quarter run. After leading the Nighthawks by six at halftime, the Defenders jumped further ahead, following a 14-2 run to begin the third quarter.
The Nighthawks' defense was lackadaisical at best, as the Defenders shot 50 percent (52-104) from the field, including 17 three-pointers, which ultimately doomed the Nighthawks' comeback attempt.
"Tough game," said Nighthawks Head Coach Lawrence Moten. "We started out halftime down by six, we just have to finish games. We have offense, we just have to learn how to play better defense."
Leading the Defenders' stalwart offensive play was forward Darrell Waters who scored 24 points and amassed 17 rebounds, six of which were offensive, to achieve a double-double for the game.
In the backcourt, guard Andre Heard torched the Nighthawks' defense with blazing dribble penetration moves, culminating in a pivotal 18 points for Dallas.
Warren Jefferson's game-high 27 points led the Nighthawks. David Bailey registered his fifth double-double of the season with 16 points and 15 rebounds. Nighthawks forward Derick Payne also had a double-double with 23 points and 10 rebounds in the loss.
This loss cements the Nighthawks' fifth place finish in the East Division, by means of a regular season record of 6-14. Since starting the season with six straight losses, however, Maryland has maintained its composure, winning six of 14 games to close out.
The Nighthawks now look to the PBL Playoffs where they will meet the second seeded Wilmington Sea Dawgs in the first round on Tuesday, March 18 at 5:30pm.
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