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Wheaton North has hand in DVC outcome

Published: Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014 12:12 p.m. CDT

While Wheaton North’s boys basketball team won’t win the DuPage Valley Conference title this winter, the Falcons could have a say in who does.

With a three-way tie currently atop the league standings, Wheaton North just happens to close out the regular season against that trio of teams, with a matchup against West Aurora first up tomorrow night.

Naperville Central looms on Saturday before a road contest against Glenbard North on Wednesday.

“Those are three great teams,” Wheaton North coach Dave Brackmann said. “Talk about getting primed for the playoffs; we will definitely be a seasoned team going in. I’m hoping we keep getting better and that no matter what happens, we get ready for the playoffs.”

The Falcons are coming off a successful weekend which began with a 48-46 come-from-behind win against Glenbard East. The visitors didn’t lead until just over a minute remained. A three-point play by Bryan Knoedler proved to be the difference.

Matt Biegalski’s 13 points led the way.

“It’s hard to win on the road in the DVC,” Brackmann said. “We knew it wouldn’t be an easy game. I thought they came out with more energy than us in the first half and it turned into a dogfight. I give our kids credit for continuing to battle.”

Less than 24 hours later, Wheaton North recorded a 49-41 victory against Hinsdale South. Andrew Slivinski scored 18 points and Jake Heggeland added 12.

Possibly even more importantly, the Falcons played last weekend with a full roster for the first time all season.

“We had our full arsenal,” Brackmann said. “It’s nice to have the depth you have envisioned having, but the guys have done a nice job accepting their roles and those roles have changed throughout the year. They’ve done a great job just worrying about what the team is doing and staying unselfish.”

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