West Point holds onto tight victory over Cavaliers

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The West Point defense proved to be Teflon in the fourth quarter against the King William Cavaliers during their Jan. 30 matchup. The Pointers ultimately walked away with a 47-45 victory after falling behind in the third quarter.

“We had opportunities, but we just couldn’t hit the shot at the end,” King William Coach Joe Harper said. “We have been in all our games this year, we just need to learn how to win.”

The Pointers’ defense kept forcing turnovers, which enabled them to take a 12-9 lead at the end of the first quarter and a 24-18 lead at the half.

“I thought we played really well in the first half,” Pointers Coach James Montgomery said. “We struggled taking care of the basketball in the second half, but we came up big at the end.”

Kolby Anderson led the Cavaliers with 15 points, with Gavin Lipscomb adding 13 points. Marshall Gill led the Pointers with 14 points and Derek Healy added 11 points.

“I thought Marshall really controlled the inside, which was a big difference in the game,” Montgomery said.

King William took a 42-37 lead heading into the final quarter, but the inside play of Marshall Gill kept the Cavaliers one basket ahead as he pulled down every rebound in the fourth quarter.

The Pointers took a 46-45 lead with 1:30 left in the game.

“I am proud of the way our team played tonight, we were down three starters and were able to play with a very good team,” Harper said. “If we hit the shots down the stretch, we could have won this game.”

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