Head Coach Brad Cox and his Green Wave basketball team traveled to Louisville to take on a very challenging Wildcat club.
In a tight affair, West Point had a difficult time finding a definitive lead until the end of the third quarter. The Green Wave’s depth proved to be the key factor to their success as West Point closed out the game with a bang and a 73-55 victory.
“We knew it would be an all four-quarter type game,” commented Coach Cox after a strong road win, “it was a real physical game, and it is just great to beat Louisville here at their gym.”
West Point worked well offensively against the Louisville zone in the early embers of the game. The Wave’s full-court press created an up-tempo flow to the game and a physicality that could only be described as hard-nosed. At the midway point of the first, West Point was ahead 11-9. The Wave were not able to keep the lead though, and enter the second quarter tied with Louisville 17-17.
In the second quarter the games physicality led to many trips to the free throw line for West Point and Louisville and foul trouble for a handful of players from both sides. At the end of the first half, West Point took a slim lead into the locker room, 30-28.
Demarius Calvert put in a tremendous effort in the first half against Louisville scoring 16 points alone in the half and helping the Wave solve the Wildcat zone defense. “Our ball movement was great in the first half,” said Coach Cox about Calvert’s first half performance, “D.C. [Demarius Calvert] found the spaces in the zone and finished well around the basket.”
The third quarter saw continued physical play between both ball clubs leading to a slower tempo due to the many fouls called by the officials. Louisville took advantage of the charity stripe and kept the Wave within sight 37-34. But West Point began to assert their dominance towards the end of the quarter heading into the final period of play ahead 47-41.
Starting the fourth quarter, the Wave weathered a Louisville punch which brought the Wildcats deficit to only 54-49. The Wave though washed Louisville away with a 12-0 run, breaking the game wide open 62-49. West Point closed out the game with a couple of high-flying dunks and free-throws which iced the game. The Green Wave were victorious over the Wildcats 73-55.
West Point is catching great momentum before their district opener on Tuesday, December 18 against Saltillo. The district game will be an important match-up for the Wave as both teams will hope to start the district campaign on the right foot.