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Geneseo Republic - Geneseo, IL
  • Sophomores edge Pioneers

  • The Geneseo sophomore boys' basketball team opened the season with a 2-1 finish at the Geneseo Thanksgiving Tournament this past weekend.
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  • The Geneseo sophomore boys' basketball team opened the season with a 2-1 finish at the Geneseo Thanksgiving Tournament this past weekend.
    Geneseo vs. Alleman
    Geneseo rebounded from its loss earlier in the day to beat Alleman by 10, 58-48 Nov. 24.
    The Leafs jumped out to a 16-5 advantage in the first quarter and extended their lead to 32-15 at the half after they hit 16 points to Alleman's 10.
    Alleman hit 10 points after the break and held Geneseo to seven to make it a 39-25 game at the end of the third quarter. The Pioneers then posted 23 points and the Leafs added 19 in the final minutes of play.
    Drew Himmelman, Greg Rusk and Josh Beard led the squad as all three posted double figures for the Leafs — Himmelman with 18 as he hit six shots from the field and six free throws; Rusk, 14 on two field goals, two three pointers and four free throws; and Beard, 11 as he drained three shots from beyond the arc and a field goal.
    Logan Lanphere added six points with two field goals and two free throws, while Alex Dichiser had five points as he went 5-for-8 from the line. Kyle Gilmore scored four points off a field goal and two free throws.
    Geneseo vs. Chicago Raby
    The Leafs suffered their first loss of the season as they were edged out by Chicago Raby, 44-38 Nov. 24.
    Geneseo grabbed the early 6-5 lead at the end of the first quarter, but Raby knocked down 16 points and held the Leafs to three in the second quarter to take control of the game, 21-9 at the half.
    The Leafs cut into Raby's lead in the third quarter outscoring them 13-8 for a 29-22 Raby advantage. Geneseo posted 16 more points in the fourth quarter, but it wasn't enough as Raby scored 15 to secure the win.
    Leading the effort for Geneseo was Rusk, raking in 17 points, draining four shots from beyond the arc, a field goal and three free throws.
    Lanphere and Himmelman chipped in seven points apiece off three field goals and one free throw, while Beard had five points with a field goal and a three pointer, and Adam Lavine finished with two points off a field goal.
    Geneseo vs. Ag Science
    In the opening round the Geneseo Thanksgiving Tournament, the sophomore Leafs trounced Ag Science, 50-12 Nov. 23.
    The Leafs posted 13 points in the first quarter and 16 in the second quarter, while holding Ag Science scoreless for a 29-0 lead at the half.
    Geneseo raked in another 15 points in the third quarter, while Ag Science got on the board with nine points to make it a 44-9 ball game. The Leafs scored six points in the fourth quarter to Ag Science's three.
    Page 2 of 2 - Rusk and Himmelman led the team in double figures — Rusk with 11 off three field goals and going 5-for-5 from the free-throw line and Himmelman had 10 points on four field goals and two free throws.
    Lanphere and Lavine chipped in nine points apiece, both hit three shots from the field and three free throws, while Dichiser added five points on a three pointer and two free throws.
    Tyler Mackey and Adam Smith finished the game with two points each on a field goal, followed by Beard and Gilmore, both with one point on a free throw.
    The sophomores (2-1 overall) will host Sterling tonight at 6 p.m. in the Geneseo Foundation Activity Center.

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