AURORA – It was an atmosphere that Waubonsie Valley’s gymnasium has not experienced in a long time, and it was only a late season, non-conference game. However, the combination of two good teams in the Warriors and Oswego East gave a preview of the playoff atmosphere both schools will be seeing in late February, as Waubonsie defeated the Wolves, 67-61 on Friday night.
Eric Cannon and Marcus Skeete each finished with 19 points, while Nikhil Khanna added 14 points.
“We were able to hit shots today, force them out of that zone,” said Cannon, “force them into a man [defense], where they were a little more uncomfortable. It was a great atmosphere, a lot of fun.”
“Today, I was really proud of them for coming out ready to play,” said head coach Jason Mead, “and not just ready to play, but to continue to play, even through some adversity in the first half.”
The Warriors improved to 22-3 on the year. It’s the sixth highest win total in Waubonsie boys basketball history, and the first time the team has reached 22 wins since the 2007-2008 team.
Waubonsie has three straight road games, before returning home for the final time against Metea Valley on February 20.