After earning two wins at home over the weekend, the Geneseo boys’ basketball team suffered a non-conference loss in its regular-season finale.


After earning two wins at home over the weekend, the Geneseo boys’ basketball team suffered a non-conference loss in its regular-season finale.

Geneseo vs. UTHS

Geneseo was hoping to continue gaining momentum as the Leafs head into postseason play next week. However in Geneseo’s final regular season game of the year, the UTHS?Panthers got the best of the Leafs, 62-40 Feb. 23 in East Moline.

The Panthers jumped out to an early 19-2 lead in the first quarter and then went up by 20 at the half, 30-10. UT scored 11 points in the second quarter and held Geneseo to only eight.

Geneseo started to chip away at the Panthers’ lead in the third quarter as the Leafs posted 17 points and only allowed UT nine. UT led 39-27 at the end of the third.

In the final minutes of action, the Panthers drained 23 more points to put the game out of reach, while the Leafs hit 13 for the final score.

Michael Ashpole and Jared Kuban both posted double figures for the Leafs, each with 10 points — Ashpole hit four field goals and two free throws and Kuban knocked down five shots from the field.

Blake Croegaert, Sam?Hamer and Anthony Roome added four points apiece — Croegaert with a field goal and two free throws and Hamer and Roome, two field goals each.

Rounding out the effort were Jonathan Staab, Chase VanOpdorp and Connor Johnson with two points each, all with a field goal.

Geneseo vs. Alleman

The Leafs turned around on Saturday and capped off the weekend with another victory. Geneseo defeated visiting Alleman, 50-45 Feb. 20.

Geneseo led 14-7 at the end of the first quarter and then took a 22-16 advantage into the break. Alleman outscored Geneseo by one in the second, 9-8.

The Leafs came out in the third quarter to extend their lead to 36-25. Geneseo knocked down 14 points in the opening minutes of the second half, while Alleman scored nine.

In the fourth quarter, the Pioneers surged a comeback, posting 20 points to Geneseo’s 14, but it wasn’t enough as the Leafs were able to hang on for the five-point victory.

Kuban and Ashpole paced the Leafs with 11 points apiece — Kuban with five field goals and a free throw and Ashpole hit four field goals and three free throws.

VanOpdorp chipped in nine with triple and hit 6-of-6 from the foul line, while Croegaert  added seven on a field goal, a three pointer and two free throws.

Sam Hamer ended the game with six points as he went 4-for-5 from the free-throw line,along with a field goal, while Staab finished with four on two field goals and Billy Hamer, two points on a field goal.

Geneseo vs. Ottawa

In their final conference contest of the season and on Senior Night for the team’s five seniors, the Leafs captured a 56-37 win on their home floor Feb. 19 over Ottawa.

Geneseo’s offense came out in the opening minutes and found its groove and never looked back.
The Leafs led 16-10 at the end of the first quarter and then hit another 17 points in the second, while holding the Pirates to six. Geneseo took a 33-16 advantage into halftime.

Geneseo’s offense and defense got back to work in the third quarter as the Leafs scored 11 points and held Ottawa to five for a 44-21 score.  In the fourth quarter, Geneseo added another 12 points to secure the win, despite Ottawa scoring 16.

Kuban led the way for the Leafs with 14 points, hitting five shots from the field and going 4-for-5 from the line.

VanOpdorp added 12 points as he drained two shots from beyond the arc and three field goals, while Ashpole finished with nine on four field goals and a free throw.

Croegaert contributed six points to the win with two triples, followed by DePauw with five points on a field goal and a three pointer.

Billy Hamer ended the contest with four points on a field goal and two free throws, while Sam Hamer had two on a field goal.

The Leafs (13-12 overall and 7-5 in the NCIC) start postseason action at 7:30 p.m. March 1 when Geneseo hosts Sterling in the first round of regionals.