Boys basketball: Brownridge sparks Waubonsie Valley
By Gary Larsen For Sun-Times Media December 21, 2012 11:44PM
Updated: December 22, 2012 12:06AM
Jared Brownridge knows what Waubonsie Valley coach Steve Weemer expects, and he always tries to give it to him.
In Waubonsie’s Upstate Eight Conference clash against Lake Park on Friday, the Santa Clara-bound senior gave his coach a game-high 26 points to help the Warriors to a 68-60 win in Roselle.
But it was the Warriors’ play in the face of a gritty effort from Valley Division rival Lake Park that keyed the win.
“I thought we came out tougher than the last two games we had,” Brownridge said. “We had to get all the 50-50 balls, dive on the floor and we had to grind it out today.”
Waubonsie Valley (7-4, 3-3 UEC Valley) led 30-28 at halftime, with Bryan Jefferson scoring nine points despite limited minutes due to foul trouble. Jake Ktsanes scored 11 of his 17 points in the first half for Lake Park.
Every time the Warriors seemed on the verge of expanding a five- or six-point lead in the second half, Lake Park (7-5, 2-4) had an answer.
“That was a battle,” Weemer said. “Both teams played hard and every time we got a lead, we couldn’t sustain a lead because they’d come fighting back. They played hard and I thought we played hard.”
The Lancers tied the game at 48-48 to start the fourth quarter but that’s when Brownridge hit a corner jumper, a three-pointer in transition, and then stole a pass and hit a layup to spearhead a 7-0 run.
“After halftime we made sure to get into our transition offense and we started to push the ball up more,” Brownridge said. “And when they got it to me I was able to get to the hoop and get fouled.”
Waubonsie floor general Gary Sutton was solid throughout and Weemer spread the credit around at game’s end.
“I thought our bench was key tonight,” Weemer said. “I thought Jack Cordes and Jay Dehaan gave us some good minutes off the bench. It was a good team win tonight.”
Brownridge went 5-for-6 from the free throw line down the stretch to ice the game, and Jefferson (12 points) went 3-for-4 from the line in the final quarter. Dylan Warden chipped in eight points for Waubonsie.
Sean Moore led Lake Park with 18 points and Carlos Cortez netted 17 for the Lancers.