Highlighted into the transforming of an in town rivalry of two collegiate institutions in Spa City featuring Champion Christian College and National Park College showcased a couple of area standout point guards to face off in college hoops this past Tuesday night at the Bank of the Ozarks Arena.

Highlighted into the transforming of an in town rivalry of two collegiate institutions in Spa City featuring Champion Christian College and National Park College showcased a couple of area standout point guards to face off in college hoops this past Tuesday night at the Bank of the Ozarks Arena.

Hometown Hope's Clyde Ricks and Blevins' Trevon Reed went head to head for an intense point point guard match-up that produced an over drive contest thriller in their second meeting of the 2017-18 basketball season. Ricks playing with the National Park College Nighthawks defeated Reed leading the charge for the Champion Christian College Tigers 113-106, in double overtime.

The two colleges in Hot Springs provided their Spa City hoop fans another huge down to the wire showdown in their rematch at the Bank of the Ozarks Arena. Both college teams met earlier this season for the first time in school history back on Nov. 28, 2017 that led to CCC Tigers defeating NPC Nighthawks 108-102 in double overtime hosted at Champion. For their rematch to tip-off new year hoops, the same results would produce another big intense match-up on neutral territory with the Nighthawks seeking revenge and redemption now with the series meeting even at 1-1.

Both Ricks and Reed were major factors in the game for their teams during action. They both were pure talented point guards in high school and has developed their abilities to be productive collegiate basketball players.

Ricks, an Hope High School 2017 graduate and Class 5A All-State Tournament and All-Conference basketball player for the Hope Bobcats scored in double-figures also shot well from behind the arc under veteran head coach Sam Bradford. During Ricks senior season for Hope, he was one of several key players that helped the Bobcats showcase impressive victories to prevail over three ranked opponents season with two from Class 6A Lake Hamilton and Arkansas High.

The Bobcats only had one loss at home this season against top-ranked El Dorado, but topped Hot Springs, Magnolia, New Boston, Texas, Hot Springs Lakeside, Lake Hamilton and Arkansas High. Ricks is apart of basketball history for Hope that produced one of the extraordinary home wins against De Queen (63-13) and held them scoreless for the entire first half of basketball, winning by 50 points at Jones Field House Gymnasium. Hope finished the year of hoops at 19-10 overall, 10-6 in conference to win the 5A South Conference Tournament, clinch an No. 1 seed entering the Class 5A state boys tournament.

For Reed, he's been one of the top point guard standouts in the Class 2A for the Blevins Hornets under veteran head coach Scott Kelton. Reed helped the Hornets produce historic years of success on the hardwood that holds a 40-2 overall record during the 2013-14 season. For Reeds senior year at Blevins, the Hornets completed their basketball season at 35-7 overall. He's apart of the Hornets capturing the 7-2A West Conference, District and 2A South Regional Tournament titles this season to finish out the year advancing to the quarterfinal round of the Class 2A State Tournament Elite Eight with only one loss at home at the Imon G. Brown Gymnasium in Blevins.

Reed earned Class 2A All-State, All-Region and 7-2A West All-District. He helped Blevins finish some historic seasons on the hardwood as apart of both Hornets 2A South Regional tournament championship teams as well as capturing the 7-2A West Conference titles. Reed has won six straight district tournament titles and made the state tournament three consecutive years in a row with the Hornets.

As both Ricks and Reed well known to be two of Southwest Arkansas' productive point guards, it led to showcase an exciting duel to see them face off against each other on the college platform and being apart of an developing in town school rivalry in Hot Springs.

According to press release from the NPC communications department, the Nighthawks led the majority of the game, going into halftime with a 46-39 lead. Regulation ended with a tie of 86-86, followed by a 97-97 tie in the first overtime. In the end, the Nighthawks pulled away with a final score of 113-106 after the second overtime as Lowell Washington broke away for a slam dunk in the final seconds of the game.

Ricks with NPC scored four points and knocking down a three-pointer and had two steals before fouling out in overtime. Teammates KJ Corder of Hot Springs led with 29 points and seven rebounds, Braylon Steen of Bryant with 23 points and 12 rebounds, Jarvis Ricks of North Little Rock with 23 points and four steals, and Washington of Bryant had seven points and 13 rebounds for NPC Nighthawks. NPC outscored CCC 16-9 in the second overtime that led to the Nighthawks' victory.

Reed, played the entire game of 50 minutes, had a double-double of 21 points and dished out 10 assists. He snatched four rebounds and had six steals for his performance for the Tigers. He also knocked down three trifecta's from behind the arc.

This is Reed's second year at CCC. He signed a National Letter of Intent to play basketball at Champion Christian College Tigers summer 2016.

Champion Christian College Tigers are coached by Jesse Byrd and National Park College Nighthawks under the direction of men's head coach Jason Hudnell.

The next and third meeting between the Nighthawks vs. Tigers is scheduled Feb. 24. Tip-off 7 p.m. at NPC in Hot Springs.