By Bryan Davis
In the two games the West Point boys lost in at the Aberdeen Tournament last weekend, they were down early, but came back playing hard in the second half. Both times the early deficits run up by Okolona and West Lowndes were too great to overcome.
On Tuesday night, the 8-8 Green Wave repeated that trend, falling behind by a large number of points to the Yellowjackets of Starkville, only to surge back in the second half, and fall in the end 71-54.
The first half was arguably the worst two quarters this season for West Point. They could not get anything going on offense, and there was no stopping the Starkville attack, which scored at will.
At one point in the first quarter, the game was an 8-6 Starkville advantage. The Yellowjackets, however, would go on to score 10 points before West Point would answer, eventually leaving the first quarter with a 22-10 lead.
Things got even worse for West Point in the second quarter. Cortez Malone scored four of his teamâ€™s eight points in the quarter, as the defense went on to allow 19 more points to Starkville.
West Point did not give up, despite the 41-18 Starkville lead. Daryl Thomas sunk an early three-pointer in the third, letting the Yellowjackets know that West Point was not done.
The defense did a good job of keeping Starkville off the board, allowing just 13 points. The offense, meanwhile, scored 16 points to bring the game to within 20.
With eight minutes to go, West Pointâ€™s offense, led by Laquintis Robertson, A.J. Jones and Tyrone Saverson, put up 20 points.
Unfortunately for the Green Wave, Starkville scored 17 more points in the final frame to seal the victory.
Robertson led the Green Wave with 17 points on the night. Cortez Malone scored 14 points for West Point.
Laquante Gaston scored eight, Jaquille White netted six, A.J. Jones scored four, Arrington Lenor had three and Saverson finished the game with two points.
West Point will be back in action, on the home court, this Friday night. The Green Wave will host district rival Oxford.