By Bryan Davis
The West Point basketball program did not end the district portion of its season the way they had hoped, getting swept by Oxford, on the road.
The good news is that the slate is wiped clean, as all of the district rivals come to West Point this week for the 2011 district tournament.
“Everybody’s record right now is zero and zero,” said West Point boys head coach Brad Cox. “The season has started over.”
The boys finished the season at No. 2 in the district, so they will start off tonight, against New Hope, at 8:30.
The boys have played the Trojans twice this season, falling in overtime, and winning the second time around.
“They have several guards who can play,” Cox said. “They can shoot, they can handle the ball and go to the hole. It’s not just one. They’ve got three who can handle the ball and shoot.”
The Green Wave will have the late game, as the girls get ready to play the Saltillo Lady Tigers during the 7 o’clock game tonight. The Lady Wave have beaten Saltillo in both of their meetings this season.
The boys team began the season with a strong effort, but the team had a cold spell right before district play really kicked off after the new year. Once that district play started, however, the Green Wave played very well, finishing the season at 4-2 in league play.
“We’re kind of starting to gel a little bit,” Cox said. “We’re starting to understand what it means to play all four quarters, with that effort and intensity you have to bring when you’re playing 5A basketball.”
The girls began the season 2-2, but they proceeded to go on a 13-game winning streak. They too finished district play at 4-2, falling only to Oxford’s Lady Chargers.
Cox says that the key to the boys’ game tonight is playing a solid four quarters of basketball.
“You can afford to sit a quarter out against New Hope or Oxford,” Cox said. “In the New Hope and Oxford games, we were out-scored pretty badly in both third quarters. You can’t blame it on defense or offense. We just didn’t come out with that effort and that intensity.”
They will be attempting to shut down hoops standout Lawrence Franks tonight.
Tonight’s games are one and done, meaning the loser goes home. West Point is hoping for a large and loud crowd to cheer them on to the next round of the playoffs.
“If you haven’t been to a high school basketball game in a while, and you like high school basketball, this is a good week for you,” Cox said. “It’s right here in West Point, and you’ve got some good teams. Each team is going to have that extra incentive, because nobody wants their season to be over yet, especially Tuesday night.”
District tournament action will wrap up on Friday, beginning at 6:30 p.m.