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By Will Nations
The West Point Green Wave was searching for a signature win to open the 2013-14 basketball season.
A program that waited over 20 seasons to claim a district title in 2012 â€” its first district title since 1989 â€” the Wave had not been as well renowned for their prowess on the hardwood, unlike West Point's football program on the gridiron.
Senior Juan Davis tipped in an offensive rebound to give West Point a 66-65 win over the Tupelo Golden Wave in the second game of the season Nov. 12 in Tupelo. The win started an eight-game road trip, which awarded the Wave with seven wins and only one loss â€” erasing any memory of a 1-12 road record from the 2012-13 campaign.
"In the beginning of our first game, we got behind but found our way back into it," Davis said about the earlier contest with Tupelo. "We just need to step up defensively against them and convert our half court offense against them. Simply take care of business."
West Point (8-1) makes its first appearance at home after the month-long stint on the road against the same opponent that started the road trip, Tupelo, at 7:30 p.m. tonight on the campus of West Point High School.
"I am proud how our guys have done on the road. At a 7-1 record already, it's a big deal," West Point Head Coach Brad Cox said.
"People are buzzing around town," Cox added. "People who normally wouldn't come to a game are hearing about us and asking when we are playing at home. If you want to see a good basketball game, this is the game to come to one."
The Green Wave carries a five-game winning streak with the most recent victories coming over West Oktibbeha (79-35) last Friday in Maben and Noxubee County (73-56) Tuesday in Macon.
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