This one could sting for a while.
Nashville (1-4) dropped it’s 2nd straight game at home Saturday against the Charlotte Express (2-4), a team which shared the basement of the AUDL South with Nashville a season ago.
Charlotte came into this game with the same number of wins (1) and 1 more loss than the NightWatch (4). Pundits around the league have talked about how improved Charlotte is this year, yet have by and large ignored Nashville, which has improved on the field but not in the win-loss column. All 3 games the NightWatch lost before this weekend were tight through 3 quarters and got out of hand late. Nashville is growing a reputation for not being able to finish.
This one, too, was about finishing.
Nashville roared out of the gates, breaking Charlotte twice in the 1st quarter and holding a 7-5 lead after 12 minutes of play. A 2nd quarter Charlotte surge led by 3 breaks meant a Nashville 1 point deficit going into halftime. Nashville was then broken in the final minute of the 3rd quarter on a phenomenal sky by Jakeem Polk, giving the Express a two-point lead after 3 quarters. The final quarter saw the NightWatch inch to within 1 point with just under 6 minutes remaining, but Charlotte held serve and won 26-24.
On the positive side, Nashville scored its highest point total of the season and the offense looked to continue to gel.
But, Nashville was unable to close out quarters, and the final score reflected the NightWatch’s inability to finish.
Charlotte scored the final point in both the 1st and 2nd quarters, then closed out the 3rd with an offensive score followed up by a break just before time expired. That’s 4 points at the end of the 1st 3 quarters that Nashville gave up.
Coach Balch after the game talked about how it was the little things that spelled Nashville’s demise. Finishing is certainly a big one of those.