By Bryan Davis
The West Point Green Wave basketball program is entering the twilight of the 2010-2011 regular season. With just a couple of weeks left, most of the remaining schedule will be made up of the season’s most important contests, district games.
After playing at home for the first time in a month on Tuesday night, the Green Wave teams will be back on the home court again tomorrow night to take on Oxford High School.
The West Point players and coaches know how crucial this game is.
“It’s very important to finish first in our district,” said Green Wave boys head coach Brad Cox. “If you go into the district tournament as the first-place seed, you play the fourth-place seed in the first game.”
Cox said that in their district, the talent level is so high that there isn’t much difference between the second and third-place teams. That’s why it’s so imperative to be able to play the last place club.
A year ago, the Green Wave entered the tournament in second place, and Friday night’s foe was there waiting.
“Oxford sent us home last year,” Cox said. “They ended our season.”
While Oxford may be the team to beat in the district this season, West Point likes its chances playing at home in front of a loud home crowd.
“The crowd is huge,” Cox said. “When our gym is packed, our players feed off of that. They need that boost of energy. That’s where that extra effort comes from. When there’s is a huge crowd, it gives them another reason to play hard.”
The girls came in against Starkvilel on Tuesday night, riding a 12-game winning streak. They extended that to 13 with the non-district win.
Tomorrow night, they are looking to make it a perfect 2-0 in district play when they take on the Lady Chargers.
“It’s a big game,” said Lady Wave head coach Jemmye Ann Helms. “Oxford is always very good. We need to win that game.”
The girls will have the early game, which will start right around 6 p.m. on Friday. West Point hopes the crowd arrives early and ready to make some noise.
“If we could get a lot of support, that would help us too,” Helms said.
West Point will host just two more times before the end of the regular season. On February 8-11, the Green Wave teams will be hosting the district tournament.