The West Point Green Wave returned to district 2 5-A action Friday night playing host to the Oxford Chargers. Both teams entered the night with 1-1 records and hoped to pick up their second win in district play.
The night started out well for Oxford as the Chargers took an early 12-2 lead over the Wave after three minutes of play in the first quarter. West Point though cranked up and tore through Oxford with a 19-6 run closing out the quarter ahead 21-19. After taking the lead late in the first, the Wave never relinquished their hold on the game going on to win 81-67.
“Juan [Davis] got hot, then Peair [Howard] started to hit those threes in the second quarter,” said Coach Cox about the West Point run in the first half, “also A.J. [Jones] was driving well and kicking the ball out finding the open man.”
Though the Wave started the game slow, it was a 12 point first half for Juan Davis which catalyzed the West Point offense on the 19-6 run in the first period. With a blistering pace collectively on offense and defense, the Wave fed off Davis’ performance allowing them to extend their lead throughout the second quarter as West Point closed out the half leading Oxford 39-29.
“I try not to limit myself to just shooting or dribbling, I try to do all I can and also doing the best for my team,” commented Wave guard Davis about his first half performance.
The second half started with a spark as A.J. Jones continued the Wave dominance scoring all 8 points in the first two minutes of the third quarter, bringing West Point’s lead to 47-29. Oxford continued to press the Wave, but could never draw close enough in the third quarter with West Point still leading by double-digits 60-46.
West Point was able to close out the game in the fourth quarter as the Wave proved to be better than the Chargers this Friday night. The Wave went on to pick up their second district win comfortably 81-67.
Leading scorer for West Point was Jones with 18 points with 10 points in the second half. Davis contributed with 16 points and Howard had 13 points. Also in double figures on the night was Dequan Ewing with 12 points.
Though West Point was able to get their second consecutive district victory against Oxford, Coach Cox still sees some room for improvement. “Slow starts, fortunately we were at home, and we were able to fight back, but it is something we have to fix,” commented Cox about the slow starts the Green Wave have experienced throughout the season, “it is something we have to fix and I do not really have [the] answer right now on how to fix it but you cannot have those starts on the road.”
With only three district games remain, many people are starting to compare last season’s district champion team to this year’s team and hoping that this season’s team can repeat. “The guys playing now, played very little minutes last season,” said Cox about his current team, “when last year’s team made the run and won district, it makes these guys want to go further than last year’s team and our goal is to make the north state tournament.”
The Wave will return to action on the road in Lowndes County in a rematch against New Hope Tuesday night at 7:30.