Times Staff Report
December 13, 2012
ALLEN - Heading into Friday’s matchup in the Coalfields Shootout against the Tolsia (W.Va.), Wesley Christian is enjoying a three-game winning streak after running its record to 9-4 during the first month of their season. Over the past week, Wesley Christian knocked off KCAA Region 4 opponent Lexington Trinity, Mountain Mission School (Grundy, Va.) and Grace Baptist (Huntington, W.Va.).
The Riders defeated Lexington Trinity 69-57 behind a balanced scoring attack that had three players reaching double figures in the scoring column. Junior guard Joshua Amuzu led the Riders with 24 points. Senior Stephen Goble (6-7) followed Amuzu with 14 points. Another offensive threat, Dishawn Thompson, added 12 points for the Riders.
Colton Caldwell scored nine points, Thomas Hall tossed in five, Damon Adkins chipped in three and Devin Kendrick contributed two for the Wesley Christian boys’ basketball team.
On Monday, Wesley Christian turned an early seven-point halftime deficit into a one-point lead before defeating host Mountain Mission School 56-50 in Grundy, Va.
“We came out a little flat at first,” Wesley Coach Jack Jarrell said. “MMS always has a good crowd on hand and those kids get loud in that place. Our kids did well and overcame a couple of double digit deficits to hang on for the win.”
Amuzu paced the Riders 19 points. Thompson tossed in 11 points and Caldwell contributed 10.
Thomas Hall had seven points, Stephen Goble five and Tyler Mosley four in Wesley Christian’s impressive win.
“I’ll take a win against these guys any day,” Jarrell commented. “Stephen (Goble) got in foul trouble early and had to sit the better part of the second half and our guys responded well without our big guy on the floor.”
The following night, Wesley Christian welcomed the Grace Baptist Soldiers from Huntington, W.Va. to the JW Kinzer Gymnasium for a varsity game. Wesley Christian was able to shake a slow start and eventually rolled past Grace Baptist 72-43.
The Riders used an uptempo style of play during the final three periods of action to outscore the Soldiers 63-31 for the victory.
Amuzu paced the Riders with a game-high 26 points. Goble and Hall followed with 10 points each for the Riders.
Caldwell tossed in nine points on a three-of-five shooting effort from behind the 3-point line.
Kendrick chipped in eight points and Thompson tossed in six for the Riders.
Zac Clark contributed three points for Wesley Christian in the victory.
The Riders will be back in action Friday night in the Coalfields Shootout at the Madison Civic Center in Madison, W.Va. Wesley Christian will host KCAA Region 4 foe Lakeside Christian Academy on Saturday.