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It was a very close one and it could have been any possession that could have decided the game between West Point and Amory. A last second A.J. Jonesâ€™ half-court shot rimmed out and saw the Wave fall to the Panthers 58-56.
â€śEverybody is going to look at the last shot,â€ť commented Coach Brad Cox about the loss, â€śbut honestly any possession of this game could have made the difference tonight.â€ť
A spirited West Point crowd was on hand as the Wave entered onto the court Thursday night. The Green Wave was slow out of the gate, Amory though were shooting hot from the floor as the Panthers made all of their shots in the paint and were fifty percent from beyond the arc on four shots. But the Wave still kept fighting and was only down 16-10 at the end of the quarter. The second quarter started in favor of West Point as they went on an 8-2 run in the first four minutes. Amory went cold from the floor and also found themselves in foul trouble. Yet the Wave could not take advantage of the free throw stripe, but did take a four point lead at halftime thanks to good shooting from the floor, 29-25.
The third quarter was a very hard fought quarter between Amory and West Point. The physical play though put West Point into foul trouble. As the trouble switched from Amory to the Wave in the second half, the Panthers took advantage of their chances at the free throw line. The Wave though remained in control at the end of the quarter, 47-41. The fourth quarter saw multiple lead changes and a winner was decided. At the five minute mark it was even at 49 points, but Amory found their rhythm from the floor and were successful from the free throw line. West Point showed continued offensive ability keeping the Wave in the game. Amory led 57-54, but the Wave scored a bucket to bring the game within a point. West Point fouled sending the Panthers to the line with under 20 seconds, and Amory failed to convert their two free throws. Coach Cox took a timeout with ten ticks left on the clock and set up an offensive play. The Wave started the play, but when driving into the lane drew a charge foul, ending the West Pointâ€™s final hope to take the lead. Amory was fouled after the charge foul and hit one of their two free throws and A.J. Jones missed the last second half court shot ending the game. The final score read 58-56 and an Amory win.
Scoring points for the Green Wave on Thursday night were Dici Calvert (14 points), A.J. Jones and Juan Davis (13 points), Trey Williams (10 points), DyQuan Ewing (4 points), and Tony Craddeth (2 points).
â€śWe had them in foul trouble and did not take advantage,â€ť commented Coach Cox about the loss, â€śthey used our [West Point] foul trouble and took advantage of it.â€ť
West Point remains at home to take on Kemper County, Monday night. Tip-off is set for ten minutes after the end of the girlâ€™s game.