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Head Coach Brad Cox and his Green Wave basketball team traveled to Louisville to take on a very challenging Wildcat club.
In a tight affair, West Point had a difficult time finding a definitive lead until the end of the third quarter. The Green Waveâ€™s depth proved to be the key factor to their success as West Point closed out the game with a bang and a 73-55 victory.
â€śWe knew it would be an all four-quarter type game,â€ť commented Coach Cox after a strong road win, â€śit was a real physical game, and it is just great to beat Louisville here at their gym.â€ť
West Point worked well offensively against the Louisville zone in the early embers of the game. The Waveâ€™s full-court press created an up-tempo flow to the game and a physicality that could only be described as hard-nosed. At the midway point of the first, West Point was ahead 11-9. The Wave were not able to keep the lead though, and enter the second quarter tied with Louisville 17-17.
In the second quarter the games physicality led to many trips to the free throw line for West Point and Louisville and foul trouble for a handful of players from both sides. At the end of the first half, West Point took a slim lead into the locker room, 30-28.
Demarius Calvert put in a tremendous effort in the first half against Louisville scoring 16 points alone in the half and helping the Wave solve the Wildcat zone defense. â€śOur ball movement was great in the first half,â€ť said Coach Cox about Calvertâ€™s first half performance, â€śD.C. [Demarius Calvert] found the spaces in the zone and finished well around the basket.â€ť
The third quarter saw continued physical play between both ball clubs leading to a slower tempo due to the many fouls called by the officials. Louisville took advantage of the charity stripe and kept the Wave within sight 37-34. But West Point began to assert their dominance towards the end of the quarter heading into the final period of play ahead 47-41.
Starting the fourth quarter, the Wave weathered a Louisville punch which brought the Wildcats deficit to only 54-49. The Wave though washed Louisville away with a 12-0 run, breaking the game wide open 62-49. West Point closed out the game with a couple of high-flying dunks and free-throws which iced the game. The Green Wave were victorious over the Wildcats 73-55.
West Point is catching great momentum before their district opener on Tuesday, December 18 against Saltillo. The district game will be an important match-up for the Wave as both teams will hope to start the district campaign on the right foot.