By Bryan Davis
Basketball season is coming up fast. This Saturday night, the West Point hoops teams will be traveling to Maben to take on Louisville and East Oktibbeha in the West Oktibbeha Jamboree.
The boys team will be under new leadership this year, as Brad Cox starts his first year as head coach of the team. Cox says that this is a team that has been aching to hit the court against an opponent.
“They’re definitely ready to get some games under their belt,” Cox said. “There’s really only so much you can tell in practice. When you get out there and that scoreboard comes on, you really get to see some things that you need to work on.”
Cox says that the group he has at the present has been putting in extra hours getting prepared for the season.
“We’ve been working hard,” said Cox. “We’ve got seventh period PE, and we’ve been practicing in-school with short practices. A couple of weeks ago, we actually got to start practicing after school.”
Those members of the team are waiting for six others to join them after the football season finishes out, something that might not happen for several weeks.
“We’ve been practicing for a while with the guys that I have,” Cox said. “I don’t have the whole team yet, because we have six guys who play football.”
According to Cox, the team he’s got right now should be able to hold their own on the court.
“We’ve got several guys who can definitely finish and transition,” Cox said. “We’ve got a couple of shooters on the outside who can shoot. Our weakness is our inside game, especially until football is over.”
Until the other six join them, the Green Wave players are going to have to approach certain aspects of the game from a group perspective.
“One of the things we talk a lot about is rebounding, especially until we get those football players,” Cox said. “We can’t rely on one person to rebound, just because we’re not very tall right now. We’ll have to rebound as a team and make sure that’s a group effort.”
The boys will tip off for the first time at 2:30 on Saturday. They will play a half with Louisville, before letting the girls play a half, and they will return to the court at 3:30 for a half against East Oktibbeha.
“We played Louisville this summer, and they’re definitely athletic,” Cox said. “They’ll get after us on defense, and they’ll play very hard and physical. It will be a good test for us.”
The season will open November 4, at home, against East Oktibbeha.