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Geneseo Republic - Geneseo, IL
  • Leafs edged out by Pioneers, 52-49

  • The Geneseo boys’ basketball team had a busy week as they closed out the NIB 12 season with a win, notched a first round regional win and also saw the season come to an end in the semifinals.


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  • The Geneseo boys’ basketball team had a busy week as they closed out the NIB 12 season with a win, notched a first round regional win and also saw the season come to an end in the semifinals.
    Geneseo vs. Alleman
    In a rematch of the first game of the season, Geneseo and Alleman squared off in the regional semifinals Feb. 28 in Dixon where the Pioneers managed to slide past the Leafs, 52-49.
    The Leafs jumped out to a commanding 16-9 lead in the first quarter, but the Pioneers reversed the roles in the second quarter and knocked down 18 points and held Geneseo to nine. Alleman took the two-point advantage into halftime, 27-25.
    Alleman managed to extend its lead in the third quarter to 37-29 when the Pioneers outscored the Leafs, 10-4.
    The Leafs fought back in the fourth quarter as they posted 20 points to Alleman’s 15, but were unable to upset the No. 1 seeded team in the regional.
    Landon Hoon closed out his basketball career at Geneseo with a team-high 19 points as he knocked down five shots from the field and three triples.
    Jordan Starkey raked in 10 points of his own off five field goals, while Alec Cheek posted eight points as he hit two three pointers and a field goal.
    Drew?DeCap added six points as he drained two shots from beyond the arc, followed by Luke Snyder with four points on a field goal and two free throws, and JJ Rivera with a field goal for his two points.
    Geneseo vs. Dixon
    Playing the same team for the third time in a matter of two weeks, let alone for the second time in four days, doesn’t leave much room for surprises.
    That was a case for Geneseo’s and Dixon’s boys’ basketball teams as the two squads squared off Feb. 27 in the first round of action in the Dixon Regional. The Leafs prevailed with their third victory over Dixon, 32-21 to advance to the semifinals.
    The Leafs took the early 5-4 lead in the first quarter and held on to the one-point advantage at the half, 12-11. Both squads scored seven points in the second quarter.
    Geneseo extended its lead to five in the third quarter, 20-15 as the Leafs outscored the Dukes, 8-4. The Leafs sealed the victory in the fourth quarter as they knocked down 12 points and held Dixon to six.
    Hoon and Snyder led the way for the Leafs’ offense with eight points apiece — Hoon knocked down three shots from the field and two free throws, while Snyder drained 4-of-6 shots from the free-throw line and two field goals.
    Ethan Radue chipped in six points off two field goals and two free throws, followed by Cheek, who drained a shot from beyond the arc and two free throws for his five points.
    Page 2 of 2 - DeCap finished the night with three points as he hit a field goal and a free throw, while Rivera and Starkey both scored one point as the each went 1-for-2 from the line.
    Geneseo vs.?Dixon
    In their final conference game of the season, the Leafs knocked off host Dixon by four points, 40-36 Feb. 24.
    Geneseo grabbed the 8-4 lead in the first quarter, but Dixon responded with 13 points in the second quarter to Geneseo’s nine for a 17-17 tie at the break.
    The Leafs regained control of the game in the third quarter, 31-29 after Geneseo scored 14 points to Dixon’s 12. Geneseo managed to hold off the Dukes in the fourth as the Leafs scored nine points to Dixon’s seven for the win.
    Hoon led the way for Geneseo with a team-high 15 points as he knocked down 6-of-8 shots from the free-throw line, three field goals and a three pointer.
    DeCap drained two shots from beyond the arc for his six points on the night, while Snyder added fives points on a field goal and a three pointer.
    Cheek chipped in four points off a triple and a free throw, while Austin?Frank also came in with four points as he hit two shots from the field.
    Starkey finished the game with three points as he went 3-for-4 from the line, followed by Rivera with two points on a field goal.
    The Leafs end their season at 6-19 overall and 3-7 in the NIB?12.
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