Basketball (Boys 8)
West Lafayette Jr-Sr High School
Red Devils 8th Grade Boys Capture WCJC Championship Over Roosevelt, 34-32
By Troy Parker | Jan 17, 2023 8:00 AM
Playing the second-seeded Roosevelt (Twin Lakes) Indians for the second time in 4 days, the top-seeded Red Devil 8th Grade Boys narrowly won the WCJC Championship, 34-32.
Roosevelt opened the game in a 2-3 zone, but Cody Boyle hit 3 first quarter 3s to lead the Red Devils early. Battling turnovers and multiple players with foul trouble in the first half, West Lafayette trailed 14-16 at halftime. West Lafayette opened the 3rd quarter with a basket by Ash Modessit followed by a steal and two free throws by Joey Bae. Kojo Steffey helped turn over the Indians and scored 6 points off of breakaway baskets also in the third quarter. The Red Devils took a 27-22 lead at the end of the third. In the fourth quarter, the Indians made two free throws with 2:34 left to cut the lead to 32-30. Roosevelt tied the game up at 32-32 with 1:16 left and then Henry Umulis hit a jumper from the baseline at 56 seconds to put WL up by two. Ash Modessit got a steal with 9.7 seconds left, but the Red Devils were then fouled and missed a one and one with 6.4 seconds and Twin Lakes got the rebound and called timeout. After WL burned a foul, Roosevelt took the ball out of bounds with 3.4 seconds on the clock from beyond half court. After inbounding the ball, Twin Lakes shot a deep three which hit the back of the rim at the buzzer despite good defense by West Side, and the Red Devils captured their second WCJC title in the past three years.
West Lafayette finishes the season at 15-1.
Key Stats for WL:
Boyle - 9 points
Modessit - 2 points, 5 Rebounds, 2 Steals
Steffey - 11 points, 4 Rebounds, 4 Steals
Umulis - 10 points
Bae - 2 points, 2 Steals
Game video can be found on YouTube: