WAVERLY – Waverly senior Mike Pete only needed to score five points in his team’s season-opening game to make his presence felt.
With just over a minute remaining in the Warriors’ 51-47 win over Holt last week, the 6-foot-2 forward received a pass in the heart of the paint and finished in front of the rim to give his team a one-point lead. Waverly didn’t trail again.
The go-ahead bucket was voted as the State Journal’s high school video of the week.
“I expected Keshaun (Harris) to go up with the shot,” Pete said. “I saw (the pass) was open, and he saw the pass was open, so I stopped to get the pass and went up to not get the shot blocked.”
Here is Mike Pete's go-ahead basket that gave Waverly the lead for good late in its win over Holt. pic.twitter.com/g1ypvvGHek— Brian Calloway (@brian_calloway) December 7, 2016
Pete saw the victory as a big win for the Warriors (2-1), as the program was looking forward to kicking off the season with an impressive road victory. Senior guard Jaden Sutton scored all 21 of his points in the second half to help aid the late rally.
“We wanted our first game of the season to be a win so that we could keep the momentum going throughout the whole season,” Pete said. “We were down going into the half. Our coaches and teammates talked and picked everybody back up.”
Waverly welcomed several newcomers to its team this season, and Pete said the program is looking to get the young players acclimated to the varsity level while getting better each day. He’s hoping his team can continue to build its chemistry as it looks to win the CAAC Red.
“We want to get our young guys playing because they’ll be the ones playing next year,” Pete said. “We want to go as far as we can.”
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