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Geneseo Republic - Geneseo, IL
  • Leafs beat Warriors; fall to Boilermakers

  • The Geneseo varsity boys' basketball team went 1-1 this past week as they nabbed a win over Sterling, but fell to Kewanee.
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  • The Geneseo varsity boys' basketball team went 1-1 this past week as they nabbed a win over Sterling, but fell to Kewanee.
    Geneseo vs. Kewanee
    Geneseo was handed its first loss of the season Dec. 4 on the road to Kewanee, 60-49.
    "It was us playing poorly," said head coach Brad Storm. "We knew enough about Kewanee, and Dayton Ince could put the ball in the hole. He had 32 of the team's 60 points. It was just a matter of us not doing what we needed to do. This was a learning lesson and luckily it came in a game that doesn't matter for conference."
    Kewanee grabbed the lead in the first quarter, 13-10, but the Leafs put up 12 points to Kewanee's eight in the second quarter to take the 22-21 advantage into the half.
    In the third quarter, Kewanee posted 19 points, while Geneseo followed with 17 of its own, keeping the game close, 40-39 in favor of Kewanee.
    The hosts pulled away in the fourth quarter as they outscored Geneseo, 20-10 for the win.
    "There were three main things that happened — not staying on the shooter, if we would have rebounded and took care of the ball we still would have won. We gave up second chance opportunities," said Storm. "We would have liked to win, but if it helps us get better, it was a worthwhile loss for us."
    Jordan Starkey led the offensive effort for Geneseo as he knocked down 19 points off nine shots from the field and a free throw.
    Austin Frank added 10 points as he hit four field goals and went 2-for-2 from the line, while Ethan Radue and Ethan Reschke both scored eight points — Radue drained a shot from beyond the arc, two field goals and a free throw and Reschke hit four field goals. Nathan Yager finished the game with four points on two field goals.
    Geneseo vs. Sterling
    The Leafs claimed their first win in their run at the conference title with a 58-50 victory over visiting Sterling Nov. 30.
    "I thought the big thing was in the second half we did a much better job of executing," said Storm. "Sterling took us out of our game in the first half, but in the second half, we came out and were much more composed. Our kids really played more mature, executed better and did the things we needed to do. We knocked down our free throws, grabbed rebounds and took control, which was nice to see."
    Geneseo took the early 14-8 lead in the first quarter, but in the second quarter Sterling outshot Geneseo, 12-6 to tie the game at 20-20 at half.
    Page 2 of 2 - The Leafs came out after the break and regained control of the game, 36-32 after they knocked down 16 points to Sterling's 12.
    Geneseo sealed the victory in the fourth quarter as the squad posted 22 points, while Sterling had 18.
    Frank paced the Leafs with a game-high 22 points as he knocked down six shots from the field and went 10-of-12 from the free-throw line.
    Starkey chipped in nine more points off two field goals and five free throws, while Luke Snyder scored seven points on a field goal and five free throws.
    Grant Burress added six points of his own as he hit two field goals and two free throws, followed by Radue and Yager with five points apiece — Radue drained a shot from beyond the arc and a field goal and Yager scored on two field goals and a free throw.
    Rounding out the scoring effort were Kevin Wolak and Reschke with two points apiece, both off field goals.
    "I think they were hungry about what they could do to be successful and they relished in it," said Storm. "I think they will continue to do that, but now they realize they have to keep working hard after last night's loss. One loss won't dictate our season."
    The Leafs (4-1 overall and 1-0 in the NIB 12) will be in action tonight against Ottawa on the road at 7:30 p.m.
    "I want to see that excitement and passion back because this is a huge conference game, and we have a chance to be the drivers' seat if we come out with a win," said Storm. "I want to see us trust our stuff and execute our stuff. We need to rebound better and take care of the ball. If we can do that we will be OK.
    "Ottawa is perimeter oriented and what we saw against Kewanee was good practice. They like to shoot three pointers and run and push the ball. They will play physical and that is something we know going in and need to handle that and counter that."

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