Metea Valley's Justin Kuehn takes off with the ball after a steal from West Chicago's Michael Bibbs. | Mary Beth Nolan/For Sun-Times Media
Metea Valley was able to slow one of the area’s breakout performers this season, West Chicago’s John Konchar, and rode the hot hand of Nick Dodson from the outside to earn its first Upstate Eight Valley win of the season.
After a three-point play from Konchar with 46 seconds left in the third quarter tied the game at 38-38, Metea’s Michael Sfikas hit a three-pointer at the end of the period to give the Mustangs (3-4, 1-2) the lead and they never trailed again.
Konchar shot 10-of-14 from the field and had 15 rebounds to go with his game-high 21 points for West Chicago (5-3, 2-1). He shot an uncharacteristic 3-for-8 from the free throw line.
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Dodson hit four three-pointers en route to a team-high 17 points for Metea Valley.
“He’s obviously a high level player,” Metea coach Bob Vozza said of Konchar. “We had to do our best defensively. He still had 21 on us. I was proud of Nick Dodson, Marquell (Oliver) for shading him at times and the other guys for helping out, overall team defense.”