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SPORTS COLUMN: Final countdown

January 16, 2014

BY WILL NATIONS
sports@dailytimesleader.com

We are nearing the conclusion of the 2013-14 basketball campaign, and it should be an entertaining finish for our Daily Times Leader teams.
January represents the final month of the regular season – the final countdown per se. This month is the 31 days where non-district games become less important and district games become the key games on the docket. January is the month where postseason aspirations change in a matter of seconds before tournament-time in February.

East Webster sweeps Hebron

January 15, 2014

Eagle woes continue in 2014, Wolverines shine

MATHISTON — Hebron Christian started the 2013-14 campaign with a near-perfect 7-1 overall record, which involved a three-win open to District 3-A.
The Eagles’ second half of the season has not started in similar fashion to the first.
Monday evening, Hebron (7-4; 3-1 District 3-A) dropped its third consecutive game in 2014 with a 64-37 loss to the East Webster Wolverines during an inter-association (MHSAA-MAIS) game on the campus of the Wood Institute.

Lady Wave splits weekend doubleheader in West Point

January 14, 2014

By Will Nations
sports@dailytimesleader.com

After leading Columbus by 11 points in the first quarter, the West Point Lady Wave watched its advantage vanish by halftime, and dropped a MHSAA non-district bout to the visiting Lady Falcons, 59-44, Saturday evening on the campus of West Point High School. The loss followed a narrow, 56-54 victory over the Aberdeen Lady Bulldogs Friday night at home.

West Point Wave downs Aberdeen, Columbus

January 14, 2014

By Will Nations
sports@dailytimesleader.com

Diquan Ewing swatted a Columbus shot attempt and recovered the block. The West Point senior center then flashed a pass to Tre Williams in transition who fed an alley-oop from the free-throw line to Demarius Calvert for a strong two-handed slam.

Oak Hill splits with Winston

January 9, 2014

DTL staff

LADY RAIDERS 31, LADY PATRIOTS 37

LOUISVILLE — The Oak Hill Lady Raiders dropped their second District 2-AA game against the Winston Lady Patriots, 37-31, Tuesday evening on the campus of Winston Academy.

Third quarter raises Saltillo, dooms Lady Wave

January 9, 2014

By Will Nations
sports@dailytimesleader.com

The Saltillo Lady Tigers overcame a three-point, halftime deficit with a 12-4 third quarter, giving Saltillo a 46-41 victory over the West Point Lady Wave in the District 2-5A opener Tuesday night on the campus of West Point High School.

West Point romps past Saltillo, 88-62

January 9, 2014

By Will Nations
sports@dailytimesleader.com

Demarius Calvert is an offensive threat for zone defenses as he is always finding open space and getting high-percentage baskets.
Against the Saltillo zone, Calvert scored a game-high 25 points and helped the Green Wave with his 12 points during the third quarter to secure a pull-away win over the Tigers, 88-62, in the District 2-5A opener Tuesday night in West Point.
“We slowed down and started moving the ball around more on offense,” Calvert said. “We also played better defense (in the second half).

Lady Raiders, Raiders perfect over the weekend

January 7, 2014

DTL staff

RAIDERS 54,
THUNDERBIRDS 34

GRENADA – Chance Wilson scored 14 points with eight rebounds, helping Oak Hill capitalize in its finale in the Kirk Academy 2014 Basketball Classic with a 54-34 win over DeSoto School (Ark.) Saturday morning.
The Raiders’ Drake Riley scored nine points, shooting three of six from the free-throw line. After scoring double digits in the past three games, Oak Hill’s Drew Riley only registered five points along with two other teammates, sophomore Heath Ford and junior Riley Pierce.

WP downs Shannon, readies for Saltillo

January 7, 2014

By Will Nations
sports@dailytimesleader.com

COLUMBUS — The Shannon Red Raider supporters were verbal in the New Hope High School gymnasium. The fans urged their defense to prevent West Point’s “No. 2” from getting the basketball in his hands.
Shannon, though, had few answers for the Green Wave point guard, A.J. Jones, as the green and white’s floor general was the key cog in the final 16 minutes, leading West Point to a 72-56 win over the Red Raiders in the New Hope New Year Classic Saturday afternoon.

Raiders better slow-paced North Delta

January 6, 2014

By Will Nations
sports@dailytimesleader.com

GRENADA – The number “13” has many negative connotations in any spectrum of life – Friday the 13th or the fear of the 13th floor/aisle, which many establishments avoid.
Oak Hill’s Drew Riley may have a different perspective on the number after three contests on the basketball court.
The sophomore guard has scored 13 points in the past three consecutive games, including his 13 for the Raiders in Friday evening’s 42-31 triumph over the North Delta Green Wave in the Kirk Academy Basketball Classic.

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