The atmosphere in the West Point High School gym was pure electric on Senior night as five West Point Green Wave players were recognized for their contribution to the West Point basketball program.
The opponent for Senior Night was district-foe, the Saltillo Tigers. In the previous contest between West Point and Saltillo, the Tigers got the better of the Wave 72-59 in Saltillo. This time around Head Coach Brad Cox and his squad hoped to return the favor.
Feeding off the energy of the crowd, West Point rallied in the first quarter after falling behind 8-0 to Saltillo, outscoring the Tigers 20-10 to take the lead for good. By the end of the first half, the Wave had built a 42-37 lead after an up-and-down start to the contest. West Point used the second half as an opportunity to extend their lead over Saltillo and get the very important district home win 80-59.
“Senior night can bring a lot of emotion which sometimes can be counterproductive,” commented Coach Cox about the slower start for West Point, “It sometimes can be hard to overcome.”
The Wave though did overcome the emotions during Senior night and down-right outhustled Saltillo on the court. Pulling down more rebounds, getting steals, and running the court, West Point took the game to the Tigers allowing for the double-digit victory. Without the extra effort Friday could have been a lot different for West Point.
“We talk a lot about outworking the other team,” said Cox about the maximum effort his team put out, “we want to be a step-quicker, a point-quicker.”
In the first quarter the Wave were catalyzed by the inside post work of Demarius Calvert. Calvert worked hard defensively and dropped in eight points offensively during the 20-10 scoring stretch for West Point. After the first period, the Wave were absolutely dominant pressing Saltillo in the full court and causing a lot of headaches for the visitors. West Point guard duo Juan Davis and Tre Williams stepped up in a big way during the second leading the way for their team with herculean efforts on the floor. By halftime, the Wave found themselves up 42-37. In the second half, Calvert, Davis, and Williams continued their impressive play and excited the fans with their performances helping in the 80-59 win. All three players reached double figures with Davis scoring 26 points, Williams with 25 points, and Calvert putting in 18 points.
“It seems like it is always one individual having these games,” said Cox about the trio’s performance, “but this combined performance we have not had this year just yet.”
The win over Saltillo helps the Wave in their hunt for the coveted one seed in district 2 5-A as West Point hits the road north to Oxford on Monday. The winner of the West Point-Oxford game will clinch the first seed entering the district tournament as both teams currently hold a 3-2 record in district play. The contest is set to tip-off at around 7:30 p.m. in Oxford.