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Northwest Avenges Loss to Clarksburg, 59-51

The Northwest Jags avenged their first loss of the season with a 59-51 home win over the Clarksburg Coyotes on Tuesday night. The Coyotes ended Northwest’s hopes for a perfect season 10 days ago with a 65-62 overtime victory.

The Jags outscored Clarksburg nine to six in the first quarter as the two teams tested each other defensively. Things opened up in the second quarter as the Coyotes outscored Northwest 16 to 15, but the Jags still took a two-point, 24-22, lead into halftime.

Northwest came out hot in the third scoring 21 points, due in large part to senior Adrian Thomas’ eight-third quarter points, but the Jags got points from five other players in the third which allowed to open up a seven-point lead by the end of the quarter.

The Jags were led by senior Norval Black who had 21 points on eight field-goals, a three-ball, and two foul shots. Also, in double-digits for Northwest were seniors Adrian Thomas and Kolbey Woodard. Thomas had 13 points, and Woodard added 10 points.

The Jags defense was able to hold Clarksburg’s leading scorer, senior Stephan Armstrong to just 13 points on Tuesday night. In their previous meeting, Armstrong had 23 points. On Tuesday, Armstrong had six field goals and a foul shot.

Armstrong’s 13 points were matched by fellow senior Alex Behzadi, who had 13 points, nine of which came from beyond the arc. He had three 3-pointers and two field goals.

Northwest played a very clean game, sending the Coyotes to the line for just eight shots on 10 total team fouls, allowing just five free points.

With the loss, the Coyotes fall to 8-7 on the season and will travel to play 12-1 Gaithersburg on Friday night. The Trojans will be looking for a fourth straight victory, since losing to at Northwest 71-64 on January 16. The Trojans latest conquest was Quince Orchard, who fell 68-65 at home Tuesday night.

The Jags improve to 11-2 on the season. Northwest dropped an important divisional game on the road at 8-4 Richard Montgomery last Thursday night, handing the Jags their second loss of the season. Northwest rebounded from the loss with an 80-64 victory at 7-8 Blake. The Jags are back on a two-game win-streak and will travel to face a tough 12-2 Bethesda Chevy-Chase team on Friday. The Barons are riding an 11 game win-streak and coming off a 65-47 victory at Whitman last night. BCC hasn’t lost since falling to 12-1 Gaithersburg back on December 15.

In other boys’ hoops news, 11-3 Seneca Valley lost to 6-6 Rockville in the Rams’ gym last night. Seneca Valley will travel to 5-10 Watkins Mill on Friday night. The loss to Rockville ended a six-game winning streak which included victories over Watkins Mill, Magruder, Damascus, Northwood, Blake, and Poolesville. It is the first loss of the New Year for the Screamin’ Eagles.


Top: Northwest’s Norval Black (1) slams it home late in the fourth quarter of Tuesday night’s victory over Clarksburg. Black led all scorers with 21 points.

Next: Clarksburg senior Alex Behzadi (12) had 13 points, nine from three-pointers in Tuesday night’s game.

Next: The Jags’ senior James Assiongbon (4) drives to the hoop and is defended by Clarksburg’s Diven Wallington (2).

Photos by Germantown Pulse.