Nighthawks Late Rally Falls Short in 93-91 Loss vs. Lesley

Photo Credit: Dylan Foran
Photo Credit: Dylan Foran

BROOKLINE, Mass. - Lynx junior Joey Martin (Melbourne, Fla.) scored a team-high 21 points on 8-of-15 shooting, leading the Lesley Lynx to a 93-91 victory over the Newbury Nighthawks on Thursday evening at Pappas Gymnasium in New England Collegiate Conference play.

Lesley senior Will Gibson (Melbourne, Fla.) added 20 points, including 3-for-6 from the perimeter and 7-of-8 from the foul line. Junior Charlie Reznikoff (Wilton, Conn.) and freshman Nathaniel Chambers (Baltimore, Md.) each finished with 14 points.

Nighthawks freshman Tim Deng (Portland, Maine) exploded for a career-high 30 points on 12-for-16 shooting, including his first career made 3-point field goal. Freshman Miguel Rivera (Waterbury, Conn.) finished with a double-double of 14 points and a career-high 10 assists. Senior Daivon Edwards (Roxbury, Mass.) added 13 points, eight assists, and three steals.

The offense for both teams was plentiful in the early going with the teams tied 17-17 after just seven minutes. Newbury drew the first run of the game, scoring six straight to lead 23-17. After a Lynx run that got them within three, a Nighthawks 8-0 run would give them the largest lead of the half, 47-36. The Lynx pulled to within six by the half as Newbury led 49-43.

Trailing by eight in the early second, the Lynx crawled back with a 7-0 run to trail 53-52. An 8-0 Lynx run in the middle of the half would give them the advantage 72-66. The Lynx would lead by as many as 12 in the second, but the Nighthawks were far from done.

An 11-0 Nighthawks run spanning 3:25 would erase the large Lynx lead as the Nighthawks trailed by just one, 78-77. Deng scored six points in the run. 

The Lynx regained a seven-point lead with 55 seconds remaining and looked poised to close out the Nighthawks. However, Deng's three-pointer and Rivera's lay-up cut the deficit to just two with four seconds remaining. But, on the ensuing inbound, the Nighthawks would unable to foul, allowing the Lynx to run out the final seconds to a 93-91 win. 

The Nighthawks finished the game shooting 36-72, the most made shots for the Nighthawks in a regulation game this season. The 26 assists were also a team-high for the 2017-18 season. The Lynx shot 31-for-67 and can point to their substantial points off turnovers advantage of 23-6 as a contributing factor to the win.

The win moves the Lynx to 12-10 (7-4 NECC) while the loss drops the Nighthawks to 4-17 (2-9 NECC).

The Nighthawks return to play on Saturday as they travel to Becker for a 1:00 p.m. tip. The Lynx also continue play on Saturday as they welcome Dean for a home tip at 7:00 p.m.