WHEATON – Being relegated to handing out water and cheering on his teammates from the bench got a little boring for Matt Biegalski.
So the Wheaton North senior guard was more than happy to make his return to the basketball court Friday night after missing seven weeks due to an ankle injury. And his Falcons’ teammates were excited to see last year’s leading scorer back in action.
Together, the squad notched a 65-52 road victory over Lake Park.
“It felt great,” said Biegalski, who was hurt back on Dec. 20 in the team’s first meeting with the Lancers. “I saw too many games from the bench. It was great getting back out there and being able to play again.”
Biegalski scored 13 points in his re-entry to the Falcons line-up, a total that was matched by Jake Heggeland. Nick Traversa topped the squad with 14 points.
“It was fun to be able to play four quarters against them and to get a good team win,” Biegalski said.
Biegalski’s injury is just one of many that the Falcons have dealt with this winter. But the team has found a way to keep their head above water, improving to 11-9 on the season after Friday’s win.
“It’s been awesome with everyone rallying around each other,” the senior said, “and buying into the system coach Brackmann is running. If someone goes down, other people step up. It’s great to be a part of this.”
Wheaton North, which dropped a 42-29 decision to Naperville North on Feb. 4, heads to Lombard on Friday for a DuPage Valley Conference matchup with Glenbard East.
“Hopefully we can get on a winning streak,” Biegalski said, “and go into the playoffs as strong as possible.”
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The Tigers dropped a 60-35 decision to Naperville North on Friday. Matt Kienzle knocked down a trio of 3-pointers and had a team-high 15 points in the defeat.