April 14, 2024

“Sure, Chef!”

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.

And so they’re nonetheless cooking.

Head chef, second-in-command sous chef or chef de partie, heading up a specific space?

The members of this trio are interchangeable on any given night time, 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 loads of issues for groups,” Waubonsie coach Andrew Schweitzer mentioned. “When he actually locks in like he did there within the fourth quarter, he strikes his toes and he’s simply robust.”

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 present his staff 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 scholar part turned up the “Overrated” chant throughout 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 mentioned. “We’re going to get everyone’s greatest recreation.

“We all know that so we now have to return out robust each night time, as if we’re taking part in a (extremely ranked) Regular or any person like that.”

Wilson’s clutch 3-pointer matched one he had at residence 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 response to Schweitzer.

“I simply caught it and launched it,” Wilson mentioned of the move from teammate Matthew Sessom. “I knew it was getting into. All of us play for these large moments.”

He couldn’t bear in mind it was Sessom who threw the move however “I do know it had an excessive amount of mustard on it.”

Sure, Chef!

Wilson, Blissett and Coleman encourage one another on protection.

“We attempt to outdo one another, easy as that,” Wilson mentioned. “We preserve preventing and make it a contest with one another within the video games, making an attempt to get essentially the most steals.”

Coleman mentioned Wilson and Blissett are the front-runners on the staff’s defensive charts that preserve observe of deflections, steals and ideas.

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“‘Tre’ was forward, I feel, however ‘Mo’ might need him after this recreation,” Coleman mentioned of Wilson. “He went loopy tonight.”

Waubonsie Valley's Treshawn Blissett (3) and Moses Wilson (4) defend against Metea Valley’s Tre Watkins during a DuPage Valley Conference game in Aurora on Friday, Jan. 26, 2024.

Metea Valley coach Isaiah Davis mentioned his staff had its probabilities.

“We acquired some open pictures we didn’t hit at instances the place we might have stretched out the lead somewhat bit,” Davis mentioned.

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 feel we outplayed them in between the traces however our baseline out-of-bounds selections, turning the ball over like we did a pair instances below the basket, harm us,” Davis mentioned. “We simply didn’t execute down the stretch.”

Schweitzer is aware of from private expertise his protection can do this.

“Each every now and then I’ll bounce into apply,” Schweitzer mentioned. “It’s one factor to see how their size impacts groups, however after I’m making an attempt to make passes and I’m not superb, it’s a complete completely different animal. It truly is.”