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Sam Cybulski (left) of Lyons Township is about to have his layup blocked by Jared Brownridge (23) of Waubonsie Valley as Warrior Javaris Stewart (33) also defends. | Jon Cunningham~For Sun-Times Media
Early in the third quarter of Waubonsie Valley’s 65-55 win over Lyons on Thursday, Waubonsie’s Bryan Jefferson set a pick for teammate Jared Brownridge and then rolled to the basket.
Brownridge found Jefferson with a bounce pass in traffic for a layup, a play that embodied the chemistry and unselfishness that punctuated what coach Steve Weemer called “the best game we’ve played as a team this year.”
The win put Waubonsie Valley (9-4) at 2-0 in this year’s York Holiday Classic, and a win on Friday over Lane Tech would send the Warriors into the tournament’s semifinals on Saturday.
“[LT] beat us here last year and we wanted to play a whole game against them today,” Jefferson said. “We showed how deep our bench is and how capable we are of playing as a team. If we can play like that every game, we’ll be a tough team down the stretch.”
The Warriors led 22-11 after a quarter of play, with Brownridge scoring eight of his team-high 22 points. LT senior sharpshooter Jarryd Heath (25 points) buried three of his seven three-pointers to start the second quarter and Waubonsie led 38-28 at halftime.
Weemer knew his boys had to slow Heath down, and the defense of Waubonsie senior Dylan Warden (11 points) helped key the neutralization of Heath in the second half.
Lyons cut the Waubonsie lead to eight points late in the third quarter, but a baseline drive and a free throw from Jay Dehaan to start the fourth gave Waubonsie a double-digit lead for good.
“It was a great high school game,” Weemer said. “We made some nice runs and so did they, and we really competed tonight.”
Jefferson netted 10 of his 16 points with Brownridge on the bench in foul trouble in the second quarter and Waubonsie junior Jack Cordes (seven rebounds) played a fine all-around game.
“Jack played an outstanding game and did a lot of things that were intangible,” Weemer said. “For us to be successful we have to continue to do those things and I was really proud of them tonight. We shared the ball very well tonight and I like the direction we’re going.”
Brownridge also had five rebounds, two blocks, and two assists, point guard Gary Sutton had five assists, and Jefferson finished with six rebounds and three assists.
“My role all year has been the extra scorer when Jared’s cold or on the bench,” Jefferson said. “But we’re okay with other people scoring, too, and everyone played well tonight.”