Junior ahead Moses Wilson and his greatest buds — senior ahead Treshawn Blissett and junior level guard Tyreek Coleman — sparked Waubonsie Valley’s protection just like the kitchen crew hierarchy at a high-end restaurant.
They usually’re nonetheless cooking.
Head chef, second-in-command sous chef or chef de partie, heading up a selected space?
The members of this trio are interchangeable on any given evening, and the 6-foot-4 Wilson stepped into the lead position Friday for the Warriors in a DuPage Valley rematch at district rival Metea Valley.
“Moses’ size creates numerous issues for groups,” Waubonsie coach Andrew Schweitzer stated. “When he actually locks in like he did there within the fourth quarter, he strikes his ft and he’s simply powerful.”
In a seesaw second half that featured only one lead of as many as 4 factors, Wilson got here up with three key steals within the closing three minutes and made a 3-pointer with 1:02 left to offer his group the lead for good in a 48-45 victory.
The 6-2 Coleman led all scorers with 21 factors and had a team-high seven rebounds for Waubonsie (21-0, 7-0). The 6-5 Blissett scored 10 factors to match Wilson.
Will Ashford tallied 17 factors and 6 rebounds for the upset-minded Mustangs (16-8, 3-4).
It got here in entrance of a giant, rowdy crowd. Holding a 41-38 lead on Ashford’s dunk with 5:27 left, Metea’s pupil part turned up the “Overrated” chant through the subsequent timeout.
The point out introduced a smile to Coleman’s face.
“Clearly, we’ve acquired a goal on our again as one of many final undefeated groups within the state,” Coleman stated. “We’re going to get everyone’s greatest recreation.
“We all know that so we’ve to come back out sturdy each evening, as if we’re taking part in a (extremely ranked) Regular or any individual like that.”
Wilson’s clutch 3-pointer matched one he had at dwelling within the groups’ first matchup on Dec. 9 — a 52-39 win for the Warriors that was a a lot nearer recreation than the ultimate rating signifies, in accordance with Schweitzer.
“I simply caught it and launched it,” Wilson stated of the go from teammate Matthew Sessom. “I knew it was stepping into. All of us play for these massive moments.”
He couldn’t keep in mind it was Sessom who threw the go however “I do know it had an excessive amount of mustard on it.”
Wilson, Blissett and Coleman encourage one another on protection.
“We attempt to outdo one another, easy as that,” Wilson stated. “We maintain preventing and make it a contest with one another within the video games, attempting to get probably the most steals.”
Coleman stated Wilson and Blissett are the front-runners on the group’s defensive charts that maintain observe of deflections, steals and suggestions.
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“‘Tre’ was forward, I believe, however ‘Mo’ may need him after this recreation,” Coleman stated of Wilson. “He went loopy tonight.”
Metea Valley coach Isaiah Davis stated his group had its possibilities.
“We acquired some open pictures we didn’t hit at instances the place we may have stretched out the lead a bit of bit,” Davis stated.
Sophomore guard Tre Watkins got here off the bench and scored 9 factors for the Mustangs, who additionally acquired eight factors apiece from junior ahead Jake Nosek and senior guard Alex Danehl.
“I believe we outplayed them in between the strains however our baseline out-of-bounds selections, turning the ball over like we did a pair instances underneath the basket, harm us,” Davis stated. “We simply didn’t execute down the stretch.”
Schweitzer is aware of from private expertise his protection can try this.
“Each every now and then I’ll bounce into apply,” Schweitzer stated. “It’s one factor to see how their size impacts groups, however after I’m attempting to make passes and I’m not excellent, it’s a complete totally different animal. It truly is.”