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Boys Basketball: Waubonsie survives Batavia’s upset bid

Updated: December 8, 2012 4:19PM

Disappointed with some mental mistakes down the stretch, Waubonsie Valley coach Steve Weemer was a little frustrated with his team despite its 52-43 win over Batavia Friday night.

Upset, that is, until one of his assistant coaches reminded him of one important thing.

“I was told a long time ago that any road win is a good win,” Weemer said. “I don’t care how it is, that if you win on the road, it’s great, and there is a lot of truth to that. We won and I’m pleased with how we finished.”

The Warriors (5-2) led by or near double digits most of the first half, and only trailed for about three minutes in the game. Still, it was far from easy for Waubonsie as Batavia (2-4) wasn’t going to go quietly on its home floor.

Making eight of its 14 shots in the first quarter, the Warriors raced out to an 18-7 lead, but saw Batavia slowly grind its way back in the game — tying it for the last time at 41-all after Mike Rueffer (14 points) canned a 3-pointer with 4:04 left in the game.

But the Warriors answered with a 7-0 run, keyed by an old school three-point play by Jared Brownridge, who later stretched the lead to 46-41 with a driving layup, then closed out by two free throws from Bryan Jefferson, who posted game highs of 20 points and 14 rebounds.

Brownridge finished with 18 points, including seven in the fourth quarter.

“I knew I had to take the ball to the basket more,” Brownridge said. “All I did (on the layup) was pump fake and go into them and try to get to the free throw line. We knew we were in their gym and they have some tough players, so we knew we had to make a collective effort to get out of here.”

Luke Horton had eight points for Batavia, which for the third game in a row — along with games with Quincy and Geneva — trailed in the first quarter, led late but couldn’t finish out the game.

“It seems like we fight so hard to get there (back in the game) we can’t put it over the top,” Batavia coach Jim Nazos said. “Games aren’t handed to us late, we have to go get it. It was an opportunity for us to get a great team but to their credit they weathered the storm and grabbed it in the fourth.”

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