The Wheaton North coaching staff encouraged Bonga to take his shots with confidence and not be worried about missing them. The results are apparently showing.
"He's really taken to that," Brackmann said. "I think it's really great to see because now it becomes really hard to guard if he's shooting the ball from outside and he's able to kind of get to the rim. He's just playing with a lot of confidence that he wasn't necessarily playing with those first few weeks. It's made a big difference in our team."
Wheaton North (9-4, 2-3) took a 29-20 lead into the fourth quarter and still led 37-29 with 1:25 left, but Drew Johnson and the Vikings competed to the very end.
Falcons guard Emanuel Wilson hit 3-of-4 free throws before Vikings guard Nate Valentine sunk a three pointer to make it 40-32 Falcons with 34 seconds remaining.