Nighthawks Fall In Non-league Finale


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Natomas High School varsity boys basketball coach Brian Hamilton can see improvement in his young team.

But the wins just aren’t there — yet.

“We are getting better, without a doubt,” Hamilton said. “We just need to cut out the lapses and just learn how to slow it down. We just need to stop panicking.”

The Nighthawks boys basketball team lost to Brookside Christian High School 72-58 at home Tuesday, Jan. 8.

Too many turnovers at the end of the first quarter and beginning of the fourth quarter allowed the Knights (15-1) to get open looks and keep the lead throughout the game.

Jalen Manning led Natomas High (1-12) with 15 points while Marcellus McCary chipped in with 11 points.

Junior forward Phillip Morganplayed in his second game for the Nighthawks after being ruled eligible due to a recent transfer to Natomas High. Morgan scored 10 points, grabbed a game-high 23 rebounds, and played all 32 minutes on the court.

“Phillip is definitely a spark plug and he brings a lot to the table,” Hamilton said. “But we need some of the other guys to step up and play with his energy.”

Natomas High opens up Tri-County Conference play at home Thursday, Jan. 10 against Woodland High School.

Lady Nighthawks Lose To Bella Vista

The Natomas High School girls varsity basketball team lost to Bella Vista High School 67-21 in Fair Oaks on Tuesday, Jan. 8.

Despite leading 8-2 early, the Nighthawks’ Sierra Maun was disqualified after fouling out in the first half and the shorthanded team could not keep up with the Division I team.

Ashley Davis led the Nighthawks with 10 points.

Natomas (1-11) opens TCC action Friday, Jan. 11 at Woodland High School.

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