Boys basketball: Waubonsie Valley blitzes Lake Park
By Eddie Burns For Sun-Times Media February 15, 2013 11:54PM
Updated: February 16, 2013 12:56AM
Bryan Jefferson can score, but he’s suddenly discovered and mastered the art of passing.
Jefferson’s full array of skills were on display as he and the rest of his Waubonsie Valley teammates blitzed Lake Park by a 74-49 margin on Friday night in Aurora.
The Warriors, who swept the season series from their Upstate Eight Conference Valley Division foe, made 11 of their 12 first quarter shots to take a 24-11 lead. Nine of Waubonsie’s first 11 shots were from point-blank range thanks to dribble penetration and unselfish passing as the Warriors (19-7, 8-4 UEC) had assists on eight of the 11 baskets.
“Teams are really keying in on me and Jared (Brownridge) on offense,” said Jefferson, who finished with 15 points, seven assists and six rebounds. “When teams draw in on me, I kick it to my open teammates and that has been really working pretty well.”
Waubonsie coach Steve Weemer is pleased with what he’s seen from the Warriors these past few weeks as they’ve won 10 of their last 11.
“We’ve been waiting to see this type of play out of Bryan for a while,” Weemer said. “We shared the ball really well. We had some nice assists. Overall, our passing was good and Bryan was really facilitating very well tonight. We’re playing well right now.”
Brownridge led the Warriors’ fast-paced attack with 20 points as Waubonsie took a 43-25 lead at halftime. Lake Park (14-11, 4-8) did close within 13 points midway through the third quarter, but the Warriors extended their advantage 27 points in the late stages of the fourth quarter.
“Basketball, I don’t care the level, is a game of runs,” Weemer said. “I thought we did a really nice job of finishing.”
Jay DeHaan tallied 12 points as he joined Brownridge and Jefferson in double figures as nine different Warriors scored.
Lake Park’s Mikey Van Aswegen had six three-pointers to lead the Lancers with 18 points.
“In the first half, we didn’t compete and that was unfortunate for our kids because if we compete, it could be somewhat of a close game,” Lake Park coach Josh Virostko said. “Our kids did compete in the second half, so that was a positive.”
Virostko also sees Waubonsie making a potential run in the upcoming Class 4A postseason.
“I think they are so talented,” Virostko said. “They have parts. There is a reason why they were picked to win the conference. I think they have the most talent in the league. That might carry them to make a run in the regionals and sectional.”