The Geneseo boys’ basketball team capped off the week with two weekend wins over Davenport North and Streator.
Geneseo vs. Davenport North
The Geneseo boys’ basketball team captured the first win for the Illinois side in the Illinois/Iowa Shootout Dec. 15 with a 42-32 victory over Davenport North.
“There was some good and some bad,” said head coach Brad Storm. “What worried me most was we had an emotional win the night before, which is hard to come down from, and when you do crash it is hard to get back up that quickly (Geneseo played Streator Friday night and faced Davenport North Saturday morning). My concern was if we were able to get back up, and I thought we did a good job mentally, but physically we were a little weary and made some tired mistakes.”
The Leafs jumped out to a 14-8 lead in the first quarter and took the 22-14 advantage into halftime. Geneseo scored eight points in the second to North’s six.
North began to close the gap on the Leafs in the third quarter outscoring Geneseo, 11-6 for a 28-25 score in favor of GHS. The Leafs sealed the victory in the fourth quarter as the posted 14 points and held North to seven.
“I thought we played really good basketball in the fourth quarter,” said Storm. “If you look at the last 10 minutes of our two games, teams didn’t score on us and that is huge. We may not have played very well and it may not have been pretty, but we found ways to win.”
Luke Snyder led the way for the Leafs with 10 points as he hit one field goal, a three pointer and went 5-for-6 from the free-throw line.
Austin Frank chipped in nine points off four shots from the field and a free throw, while Jordan Starkey scored eight on a field goal and six free throws.
Ethan Radue finished the game with six points off a field goal and four free throws, followed by Ethan Reschke, who drained a shot from beyond the arc and a field goal for his five points. Nathan Yager ended the game with four points on two field goals.
Geneseo vs. Streator
It was a low-scoring outing for the Leafs and Bulldogs Dec. 14 in Geneseo with the Leafs ending up on the winning end, 39-33.
“We didn’t expect Streator to slow the game down that much because what we have seen was more up tempo,” said Storm. “Streator took us out of our stuff, and we had to slow down and look for good shots.”
Page 2 of 2 - Geneseo opened with a 9-8 lead in the first quarter and held on to the one-point advantage at the half, 16-15 after both squads scored seven points in the second quarter.
Streator gained control of the lead in the third, 26-25 as the Bulldogs outscored the Leafs, 11-9. Geneseo battled its way back in the fourth and knocked down 14 points to Streator’s seven to earn the win.
“The key was being mentally and physically tough enough and not giving in to what Streator wanted us to do, which was to look for quick scores,” said Storm. “We did a good job of not giving in to that and, late in the game, did a good job of executing our things. We were down four or five points late in the game and found ways to win. We never gave up and that was huge.”
Leading the offensive effort for Geneseo was Starkey with a game-high 14 points, knocking down a shot from beyond the arc, two field goals and 7-of-10 from the line.
Reschke and Frank both posted six points — Reschke hit two shots from the field and two free throws and Frank scored on a field goal and four free throws.
Kevin Wolak added five points to the win on a field goal and three free throws, while Snyder went 4-for-4 from the free-throw line for his four points. Radue and Jake Scott finished the night with two points apiece — Radue with a field goal and Scott, two free throws.
The Leafs (6-2 overall and 2-1 in the NIB 12) will take on CVS at 8 p.m. tonight in the DeKalb Holiday Tournament.