Boys basketball gets back on track with win over Jefferson

Steve Bergman’s boys basketball team took down Jefferson 67-53 on Feb. 8.


Owen Aanestad

Jacob Koch ’23 attempts a three pointer from the wing against Jefferson on Feb. 8.

Owen Aanestad, Online Editor-In-Chief

After picking up back to back conference losses Steve Bergman’s boys basketball team was in despite need of a win as they faced off with Cedar Rapids Jefferson on Feb. 8.

The Trojans improved to 14-5 on the year after they took down the J-Hawks 67-53 behind 27 points from Pete Moe ’22.

Jefferson jumped out to a quick 5-0 lead until Moe picked up his first three points of the night with an and-one. The Trojans found themselves in an even deeper hole with two minutes left in the first down 5-14 until Jack McCaffery ’25 point Moe in the paint for another bucket to cut the J-Hawk lead to seven. West struggled to find a way into Jefferson’s 3-2 zone until Kareem Earl ’24 made a nice cut into the paint and found himself at the line where he knocked down his second free throw to make it 21-26, Jefferson with 1:23 left in the half. Moe picked up another bucket before the half as the Trojans went into the break down only 23-26.

Jacob Koch ’23 knocked down a big corner three with 4:27 left in the third to tie the game at 32 as the Trojans continued to clean things up on the boards and fight their way back into the game. Moe missed the back end of his two free throws at the end of the third and sent West into the fourth down 38-41. Senior Christian Barnes hit a three of his own to make it 45-45 with 5:45 left and bring the Trojans’ hopes back to life. Barnes came right back with another big play when he sliced his way into the lane for an easy layup to extend the Trojans’ lead to four. Up 56-48 with two minutes to go the J-Hawks started to use their fouls to give and the free throws started to stack up for the Trojans. Moe added back-to-back dunks to celebrate the Trojans 67-53 win over Jefferson.

The boys basketball team will be back in action on Friday, Feb. 11 against a highly ranked Cedar Rapids Kennedy team.