By Bryan Davis
The West Point Green Wave (9-9; 2-1) basketball team was riding high after defeating the Oxford Chargers last Friday night at home. That district win made the team 2-0 at the time in league play.
On Tuesday night, however, the Green Wave had to travel to face the Trojans of New Hope. West Point forced an overtime quarter, but it was New Hope that eventually pulled out the 69-68 win over the Green Wave.
The Green Wave had a nine-point advantage at the half, but they allowed two dozen points to New Hope in the third period.
“We made a lot of mental mistakes in that third quarter, and even into the fourth,” said West Point head coach Brad Cox.
In the first, both teams had a good offensive game going. West Point, led by Laquintis Robertson, posted 17 points in the first eight minutes of the game.
New Hope was right on the Green Wave’s heels, putting up 13 points.
West Point continued to add to their small lead in the second, scoring 15 points on the Trojans, who were able to put up just 10 points themselves.
Leading by nine at the half, West Point’s offense was cruising. The defense, however, began to show signs of sluggishness in the third. West Point had given up a lot of points in the games leading up to Friday night, and they did so again in this period on Tuesday.
New Hope now had the lead, though it was slim at 47-45, going into the fourth quarter.
The regulation clock was ticking, but West Point was hanging in there. The Green Wave put up 15 points in the final eight minutes, while holding New Hope to 13 to force a tie at the buzzer.
In overtime, the boys played a tight game, scoring six points in the overtime period. With the game tied, a New Hope player was fouled and went to the line for two shots. Both went through the rim to give the Trojans a one-point lead with three seconds to go.
West Point would not have enough time to respond, as the final shot came up short in the loss.
Robertson led the team with 19 points. Daryl Thomas scored 14 for the Green Wave, and Laquante Gaston and A.J. Jones scored eight each.
Romeo Williams scored six points, and Jaquille White, Tyrone Saverson and Arrington Lenior all had two for West Point.
The difference in the game perhaps came from the free throw line, where New Hope shot for 25 points. West Point only threw up 12 points.
The Green Wave will be back on the home court again tomorrow night, facing a district rival in Saltillo. The Green Wave are 1-0 against Saltillo already this season.