Coach Tracy Dempsey and his team hosted their first home game at Heritage Christian Academy on Thursday, Nov. 29, as Heritage IJN WV faced off against Wesley Christian Select from Allen, Kentucky.
With the season taking a rocky start, losing their first four games, the team welcomed their first win at home with a score of 91 to 63.
“A great, great show was put on by these youngsters, very raw but the talent is there,” spectator Clair Thompson said.
Leading the way in scoring was 6-foot-5 Robertas Jonaitis with 20 of the team’s 91 total points, which included a pretty impressive slam dunk.
Following closely behind Jonaitis was 6-foot-9 Eloge Ntumba with 16 points and 8 rebounds.
Jerome Beya, 6 feet 8 inches, was third in scoring with 12 points and 5 amazing blocks allowing his teammates to gain control and take over the court.
Uziel Muteba contributed 2 points, 6 steals, and 6 assists while Przemek Zygmunciak also had 6 steals and 8 points.
Fourteen-year-old Congo natives Debaba Tshiebwe, 6 feet 5 inches, added 4 points and Daniel Ntambwe, 6 feet 3 inches, netted 7 points.
Landry Palata had 8 points and Shaumba Ngoyi credited 9.
Local Jackson County native, Tyler Lanham, captured 5 points from a grand three-point shot and earned the additional two from the foul line.
“Taking the home win gave the boys some confidence, and we grew some as a team tonight,” Dempsey said. “Now, we must keep working and stay focused on getting better.”