ALLEN - The Wesley Christian High School boys’ varsity basketball team brought home the biggest win in school history on Saturday on its home gymfloor in the JW Kinzer Gymnasium, capturing the Kentucky Christian Athletic Association (KCCA) All-A state title.
Like the Kentucky High School Athletic Association (KHSAA) All-A statewide tournament, the KCAA brings together the smallest schools to compete for its version of the All-A state title. Schools from Shelbyville, Lexington and Morehead joined the Riders on the Wesley Christian campus for the semifinals and championship game.
The state tournament opened on Friday night with Wesley Chrsitian hosting Lakeside Christian, a team from Morehead. The Riders jumped out early and led the Morehead-beased team 30-18 at the end of the first quarter. Wesley Christian went on to double up Lakeside Christian, prevailing 90-45.
Thomas Hall led the Riders during the first period, putting up 11 of his 15 points in the opening frame. The second quarter of action saw the Riders extend their halftime lead to 49-28. Wesley Christian used a balanced scoring attack to stretch its lead. After the halftime break, Wesley Christian never looked back as it outscored the visiting Falcons 41-17 during the second half to cruise to the win. “Our guys played great team ball,”Wesley Christian Coach Jack Jarrell commented. “We’ve been playing good basketball the last few weeks and it really showed how well these guys work together.”
Joshua Amuzu led Wesley Christian with 22 points and nine assists.
Dishawn Thomspon and Stephen Goble followed, scoring 17 points apiece. Thompson grabbed a game-high 11 rebounds and Goble chased down 10 caroms for the Riders.
Thomas Hall added 15 points and seven blocks for the Wesley Christian boys’ basketball team.
Colton Caldwell contributed 14 points and four steals for the Riders.
Zac Clark (three points) and Shane Salyers (two points) also provided scoring for Wesley Christian in the win.
Goble scored his 1,000 point during the game, becoming the first player in Wesley Christian history to reach the scoring milestone. The game was stopped after Goble netted the 1,000th point on his first field goal attempt. Goble was honored and recognized after reaching the offensive plateau.
Wesley Christian 54, Cornerstone Christian 45: On Saturday, Wesley Christian faced Cornerstone Christian Academy (Shelbyville) in the KCAA All-A state championship game. The Riders managed to hold the Bulldogs to only six points in each of the first two periods en route to a 24-12 halftime advantage. Wesley Christian was able to turn back more than one challenge from Cornerstone Academy, eventually winning 54-45.
“We played really good defense the first half, but on the other hand we didn’t play very well on the offensive end,” Jarrell commented, recalling his team’s first half performance.
Colton Caldwell was four of five from behind the 3-point line during the first half of play for the Riders before eventually exiting the game shooting six-of-nine from behind the arc for a game-high 18 points. During the third period, Wesley Christian extended its halftime lead out to a 38-22 advantage.
“I knew we were going to be in for a fight the fourth quarter,” Jarrell added.
Cornerstone Christian came out firing shots and cut the deficit to only five before the Riders held off the comeback attempt for the victory.
“I couldn’t be any happier for these kids and our school right now,” Jarrell confided. “Regardless of what league we’re in, these kids and this school can always say they’re State Champions.”
Colton Caldwell led Wesley Christian with 18 points on six-of-nine shooting from 3-point range. Dishawn Thompson added 15 and 10 rebounds for the Wesley Christian boys’ basketball team.
Stephen Goble tossed in 11 points and grabbed 10 rebounds for the Riders.
Joshua Amuzu rounded out the Wesley Christian scoring with 10 points. Amuzu also had six assists.
Wesley Christian will be back in action this Friday night when it travels to Gallipolis, Ohio to play Ohio Valley Christian in a boys-girls doubleheader. The Riders will participate in the Hatfield McCoy Shootout at the Williamson Fieldhouse in Williamson, W.Va. on Saturday as they take on South Charleston, one of the top-ranked teams in West Virginia.
Tip-off for the Wesley Christian-South Charleston boys’ basketball game is set for 3 p.m.
Wesley Christian 90, Lakeside Christian 45
Wesley Christian (90): Amuzu 22, Thompson 17, Goble 17, Hall 15, Caldwell 14, Clark 3, Salyers 2.
Lakeside Christian (45): Mckinney 14, Holeman 6, Bradley 6, Willoughby 6, Bradley 4, Porter 3, Steele 3, Kiser 3.
Wesley Chrsitian 54, Cornerstone Christian 45
Wesley Christian (54): Caldwell 18, Thompson 15, Goble 11, Amuzu 10
Cornerstone Christian (45): Woodward 17, Lopesirero 16, Tipton 6, Watkins 3, Woodward 3.
KCAA ALL-A State Tournament All-Tournament Team: Wesley Christian – Dishawn Thompson (MVP, Thomas Hall, Stephen Goble, Colton Caldwell, Joshua Amuzu; Cornerstone Christian – Jacob Tipton, Josh Woodward, Christian Lopesirero; Lakeside Christian – Phillip Bradley, Brett Mckinney; Bluegrass Baptist – Josh Branham.