By Will Nations
ABERDEEN — In the third meeting between West Point and Aberdeen, nothing much had changed between the two inter-county rivals – only the venue.
Two teams, state championship contenders in their respective classifications, concluded their regular season, non-district series with a classic finale.
Green Wave senior Demarius Calvert scored 22 points, helping West Point (20-3; 2-1 District 2-5A) overcome a three-quarter Aberdeen lead to grab a 66-62 victory in the Aberdeen Invitational Saturday night at the Roy E. Hazzle Gymnasium on the campus of Aberdeen High School.
“Aberdeen is a very good team, and they’re going to win the 3A classification,” West Point Head Coach Brad Cox said. “To win at their gym, it is a huge one. We started out slow, and I was really proud of how our bench contributed tonight. It is hard to sit and remain focused.
“We don’t panic, and we don’t get very emotional in the flow of the game,” Cox added.
Aberdeen led the contest by as much as 16 points and as little as one during the first 28 minutes. West Point did not get its first lead until 3:29 left in the game from A.J. Jones’ free throw, 56-55. The lead would change four more times before a pair of Juan Davis free throws after a Bulldog turnover solidified the Wave’s lead with two minutes, 14 seconds left, 62-59.
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