Waukee, Iowa and Bellevue West were looking for a game and they found one. Tuesday, Feb. 9th the Warriors will travel to Bellevue West for a 6 p.m. tip.
The NSAA needed to give approval to Bellevue West to play in the game, one in which will not count towards wild card points for the T-Birds. The NSAA is allowing teams to reschedule or find alternative games if they had a game cancelled due to COVID-19 precautions.
Originally scheduled to play Des Moines North at the Recruit Look High School Showcase in Des Moines. Bellevue West had to cancel that game because Bellevue Public Schools prohibits schools from traveling outside of the state and Metro area due to pandemic restrictions.
There is precedent for the game to be scheduled. Most notably Omaha Westside playing Overland Park (Ks.) Aquinas last fall due to Omaha Public Schools cancelling the fall sports seasons leaving the Warriors with three open dates on their schedule.
Waukee (7-1), is led by Drake signee and four-star prospect Tucker DeVries, Iowa signee Payton Sandfort, and 5-star prospect sophomore Omaha Biliew.
DeVries, a 6-foot-7 senior, leads the Warriors in scoring (19.7), assists (5.8), steals (4.5) and second on the team in rebounds (7.7) per game. Sandfort, a 6-7 senior, is averaging 19.5 points and 7.4 rebounds. Biliew (6-7) , is the fourth ranked 2023 prospect in the nation according 247Sports, is leading the Warriors in rebounding (7.8) and blocks (3.1).
The matchup with Waukee will be the third game this season versus a team outside of Nebraska. Earlier this season the T-Birds defeated Council Bluffs Abraham Lincoln 74-72 on Jan. 8. Bellevue West will play Sunrise Christian (Bel Air, Ks) in Grand Island at the Heartland Hoops Classic on Feb. 13.