March 4, 2024

Waubonsie Valley’s Matthew Sessom can idiot you.

Whereas he typically retains a decrease profile, it’s sensible to not overlook the 6-foot-3 senior ahead.

So says junior level guard Tyreek Coleman, Sessom’s teammate.

“He’s quiet on the court docket, form of soft-spoken,” Coleman stated. “However the truth is, he’s a canine.”

And one with some chew.

“If there’s a possibility on the glass, he can actually assist,” Coleman stated of Sessom. “He’s an aggressive participant — the workhorse of the workforce.”

Sessom was positively the spark Saturday within the first quarter of Waubonsie’s 46-29 victory over West Aurora in a battle between the realm’s top-ranked groups.

It got here at Marmion that includes 12 native groups in three ladies and three boys video games in a daylong Aurora vs. Most cancers occasion that raised cash to combat pediatric most cancers.

Thirty 5 seconds in, short-handed West Aurora (14-7) seemed thunderstruck.

Coleman opened with a driving layup and Sessom promptly stole the ball and scored on a reverse layup. Junior ahead Moses Wilson then made a steal and fed senior guard Treshawn Blissett for an additional layup and a 6-0 lead for Waubonsie (20-0).

The margin was 18-3 after one quarter, however West Aurora acquired a spark from the 3-point capturing of senior guards CJ Savage and Jordan Brooks and rallied to inside 28-26 halfway by means of the third quarter.

Savage and Brooks completed with 11 and 10 factors, respectively, however the Blackhawks have been outscored 18-3 over the ultimate 12 minutes.

Sessom, who had eight factors, 4 rebounds and three steals within the first quarter, matched Blissett in ending with 16 factors.

“That’s pretty much as good a recreation as Matt can play on each ends of the court docket,” Waubonsie coach Andrew Schweitzer stated. “Typically, he can go off. He’s one in all our low guys within the zone, and he has been taking the subsequent step so far as being a vocal chief.

“Down there, you see all the pieces, and you must speak probably the most.”

Sessom stated the Warriors realized the morning of the sport that West Aurora can be with out beginning ahead Terrence Smith and sixth man/guard Kewon Marshall, each of whom are juniors.

“We’ve gotta play our recreation regardless of who’s on the opposite facet,” Sessom stated. “We thought (20-0) was attainable. We knew we had a superb workforce however we didn’t take it with no consideration.

“Bench power has been a key and everybody taking part in as a workforce.”

Schweitzer shrugged and smiled when requested in regards to the streak.

“I’m simply right here for the experience,” he stated. “It’s only a enjoyable group to be round.”

West Aurora was additionally with out the providers of Smith and Marshall for a similar disciplinary subject Friday throughout a 73-60 Southwest Prairie Convention loss to Joliet West.

At 8-1, the Blackhawks nonetheless maintain a one-game lead over each the Tigers and Oswego East, who’re 7-2, within the 16-game convention race.

“They didn’t meet workforce expectations, we’ll go away it at that,” West Aurora coach Michael Fowler stated of the difficulty.

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Requested if they might return Tuesday in opposition to Plainfield South, Fowler stated, “We’ll have a dialog and see.” The Blackhawks, who’re on a three-game dropping streak, additionally play Thursday at Yorkville and have a Saturday nonconference matchup at New Trier (19-4).

Whereas upset in his workforce’s begin in opposition to Waubonsie, Fowler was happy to see the Blackhawks rally.

“You have got to have the ability to take conditions as they arrive at you,” he stated. “You continue to should exit and play. You have got to have the ability to face adversity.”

Yorkville's Jason Jakstys (32) finishes off a dunk in the fourth quarter against West Aurora during a Southwest Prairie West game in Yorkville on Friday, Dec. 2, 2022.

Jason Jakstys averaged 15 factors and 17 rebounds throughout a pair of weekend wins in a 24-hour span for Yorkville (11-8).

Behind the Illinois recruit, the Foxes beat Romeoville 57-49 Friday night time, then slipped previous Whitney Younger 67-65 Saturday on a driving layup by Dayvion Johnson with three seconds remaining within the When Sides Collide Shootout at Benet.

“He was actually massive for us and is closing in on 1,000 factors,” Yorkville coach John Holakovsky stated of Jakstys. “Everybody stored saying Whitney Younger is basically down, what they need to have been saying is they’re actually younger. They’ll be a high 5 workforce in state the subsequent couple years.

“We had a bit little bit of adversity however did a pleasant job of battling again. We have been down double digits and needed to come again a number of occasions in that recreation.”