April 18, 2024

Waubonsie Valley’s Matthew Sessom can idiot you.

Whereas he usually 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 chunk.

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

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

It got here at Marmion that includes 12 native groups in three women 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) regarded 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 had 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 nearly 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 among our low guys within the zone, and he has been taking the following step so far as being a vocal chief.

“Down there, you see the whole lot, and you must speak essentially the most.”

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

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

“Bench vitality has been a key and everybody taking part in as a crew.”

Schweitzer shrugged and smiled when requested concerning 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 companies of Smith and Marshall for a similar disciplinary difficulty 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 crew expectations, we’ll go away it at that,” West Aurora coach Michael Fowler stated of the problem.

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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 shedding streak, additionally play Thursday at Yorkville and have a Saturday nonconference matchup at New Trier (19-4).

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

“You could have to have the ability to take conditions as they arrive at you,” he stated. “You continue to need to exit and play. You could have 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 evening, 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 huge for us and is closing in on 1,000 factors,” Yorkville coach John Holakovsky stated of Jakstys. “Everybody saved saying Whitney Younger is actually down, what they need to have been saying is they’re actually younger. They’ll be a high 5 crew in state the following couple years.

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