Boys sail past the Bolts

Yaya Orszula, Assistant Sports Editor

If the girls’ team win wasn’t enough, the boys traveled to Liberty to take on the bolts after the girls’ game. After a slow start to the game, the team put the game away in the second half, winning 68-51.

Liberty scored first but it took them almost a minute and a half to do so. The first points for the Trojans came from the three-point line courtesy of TaeVeon Stevens ‘24. Kareem Earl ’24 hit a bucket as did Jack McCaffery ’25, putting West up 7-2. Liberty bounced back but didn’t get the lead, the score 12-10 with the half of the quarter gone. Jacob Koch ’24 hit a floater and a three with less than a minute left to put West ahead. McCaffery scored on a last-second put-back to make the lead 19-14 heading into the second quarter.

Liberty quickly tied up the game at 19 points, but McCaffery had a nice reverse layup to put West ahead by two. Liberty pulled ahead with a few threes and jumpers of their own, leading by as much as 12 points. Kareem Earl ’24 finished a few free throws and with a McCaffery three, the Trojans got within four points to end the half.

The third quarter was when West really got things moving. Earl finished the and-one play, for a 35-33 lead. The Trojans never looked back after that. Freshman Julian Manson had a quick steal and layup to put West ahead 41-35. Two consecutive McCaffery threes forced Liberty to take a timeout with 2:45 left in the third quarter. A Brady Simcox ’23 three and a last a second assist by Stevens to Daniel Robinson ’24 put West up 13 points at the end of the third quarter.

The Trojans continued their momentum into the fourth quarter. McCaffery got a bucket using a nifty spin move. Ben Hoefer ’23 kicked it out to Simcox for a jumper giving West a 15-point lead. Earl grabbed the ball for a steal and easy layup with two minutes to go in regulation. There was no way the Lightning could recover and West won 68-51.

You can catch the boys at home next Friday, Dec. 16 vs. Linn-Mar at 7:30 p.m.