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By Bryan Davis
The West Point Green Wave basketball team (8-7) gave up 92 points on Thursday night to Okolona to start the Aberdeen Tournament. In that game and the closing game of the tourney, the West Point boys scored more than 70 points, but they came away with a pair of loses, including Saturday nightâ€™s defeat to West Lowndes by a 83-77 score.
â€śWeâ€™re giving up way too many points,â€ť said West Point head coach Brad Cox on Monday. â€śWeâ€™re giving up a lot of points during transition.â€ť
In Saturday nightâ€™s third-place match-up, the Green Wave came out slow in the first quarter, scoring just 13 points. West Lowndes, in the meantime, doubled that to take a 26-13 lead going into the second.
West Point would come back to battle hard in the second quarter. The offense kicked it into gear and scored 28 points in the second, while holding West Lowndes to 14 points.
â€śWe didnâ€™t quit in either game,â€ť Cox said. â€śWe started out slow in each game, but the guys never hung it up, and they kept playing hard.â€ť
In the third, the two teams stayed neck-and-neck, as West Point entered with a 41-40 lead. West Lowndes managed to make it a tie game going into the final quarter of play, scoring 17 to West Pointâ€™s 16 points.
In the final quarter, however, it was West Lowndes coming to life again on offense, scoring 26 points, while allowing 20 to the Green Wave.
On the night, West Point hit just 53 percent of its free throws, missing six in the fourth quarter.
Laquintis Robertson led the team in scoring with 24 points. Laquante Gaston and Jaquille White scored 10 each.
Daryl Thomas netted 15 points for West Point, and A.J. Jones scored six. Cortez Malone finished the game with five points, and Romeo Williams had three. Tyrone Saverson and Arrington Lenior scored two each.
Tonight, the Green Wave will play their first home game of 2011, as they host Starkville in a non-district game. On Friday, however, district rival Oxford will be coming to town to face the Green Wave, who enter tonightâ€™s game with a 1-0 district record.