April 18, 2024

“Sure, Chef!”

Junior ahead Moses Wilson and his finest 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 function 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 stated. “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 offer 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 big, rowdy crowd. Holding a 41-38 lead on Ashford’s dunk with 5:27 left, Metea’s scholar part turned up the “Overrated” chant in the course of 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 all people’s finest recreation.

“We all know that so we have now to return out sturdy each night time, as if we’re enjoying 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 stated of the cross 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 cross 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 stated. “We hold preventing and make it a contest with one another within the video games, making an attempt to get essentially the most steals.”

Coleman stated Wilson and Blissett are the front-runners on the staff’s defensive charts that hold monitor of deflections, steals and ideas.

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“‘Tre’ was forward, I believe, however ‘Mo’ might need him after this recreation,” Coleman stated 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 stated his staff had its probabilities.

“We acquired some open photographs we didn’t hit at instances the place we might have stretched out the lead just a little 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 choices, turning the ball over like we did a pair instances beneath 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 now and again I’ll leap into observe,” Schweitzer stated. “It’s one factor to see how their size impacts groups, however once I’m making an attempt to make passes and I’m not superb, it’s a complete totally different animal. It truly is.”