By Bryan Davis
On Tuesday night, the West Point Green Wave (9-8; 2-0) came out flat against a fast Starkville High School basketball team. They fell behind early and could not make up ground before losing the non-district game.
On Friday, the Green Wave returned to the court, with a lot more on the line. Facing an Oxford team with a 2-0 district record, West Point could not afford to fall behind early.
They did just the opposite, dominating the Chargers in a 69-60 home victory.
Jaquille White got the Green Wave offense going with a two-point shot, early in the first period. The Wave spread the ball around, as Cortez Malone scored for West Point, followed by a shot from Daryl Thomas that made it 6-4 Green Wave. Laquante Gaston would add a shot before Laquintis Robertson would get on the board with a pair of free throws.
Malone, White and Arrington Lenoir would add two more each, and Robertson threw up a three-pointer to give the Green Wave a 20-12 lead at the end of the first period.
In the second, Oxford still could not calm the Wave attack. Lenior started things off with two points, as Tyrone Saverson got in on the scoring with a single shot. Malone and White would finish the quarter with four points apiece, and the Wave took a 32-25 lead into half time.
Oxford was never really out of the game, but the Chargers never got to within five of the West Point team again. Robertson dominated the third, beginning with two three-pointers.
Robertson would finish the third with 13 points, including four three’s.
Thomas would fittingly end the third quarter with the night’s only dunk, giving his team a 55-43 advantage.
West Point kept spreading the offense around in the fourth quarter, never letting up on Oxford. The offense and defense put in a solid four quarters in the win.
White scored five in the last eight minutes, and Robertson put up four in the fourth.
Robertson finished the night with 24 points for West Point. White scored 15, and Malone had 13 points. Thomas finished the night with four points.
West Point will be back on the court on Tuesday, as the Green Wave travel for another district match at New Hope.