The Geneseo varsity boys’ basketball team had a rough start to their holiday break as the Leafs went 0-2 in tournament action over the weekend in the Chuck Dayton Holiday Tournament.
Geneseo vs. Marmion
The Leafs and Marmion battled back-and-forth in second round action at the Chuck Dayton Holiday Tournament Dec. 22 in a contest that needed two overtimes to declare the winner. After two extra periods, Marmion edged Geneseo, 68-61.
Marmion led by two at the end of the first quarter, 17-15, but Geneseo countered with 13 points to Marmion’s 10 in the second to take a one-point lead, 28-27 at the half.
Marmion regained control of the lead in the third scoring nine points to Geneseo’s six for a 36-34 advantage. The Leafs fought back and notched 19 points, while Marmion scored 17 for a 53-53 tie at the end of regulation.
“It was tight the whole way through,” said head coach Brad Storm. “We were behind in the first quarter, but were able to take the one-point lead at the half. It was pretty much close the whole way.”
In the first overtime, both squads scored seven points for a 60-60 tie. In overtime No. 2, Marmion managed to outscore Geneseo, 8-1 to nab the win.
“I thought we did a good job making some plays at the end of regulation to give us a chance to win, but also made some of the same mistakes that put us in the hole to begin with,” said Storm. “We shouldn’t have been in that situation where we had to come from behind, but once we were, we did some good things to keep competing.
“We had three possessions to start the second OT and had two turnovers and a missed shot, and Marmion got out to a quick start. It is hard to play from behind in a four-minute overtime.”
Jordan Starkey led the Geneseo charge as he raked in 32 points with seven shots from the field, a three pointer and 15-of-18 from the free-throw line.
Luke Snyder and Ethan Radue both scored 10 points for the Leafs with four field goals and two free throws by Snyder and two shots from beyond the arc and two field goals for Radue.
Ethan Reschke added four points on two field goals, followed by Nathan Yager with three on a field goal and a free throw, and Grant Burress hit 2-of-2 from the line for his two points.
Geneseo vs. Chicago
In the opening game of the Chuck Dayton Holiday Tournament in DeKalb, the Geneseo Leafs were defeated by Chicago Vocational, 51-44 Dec. 21.
Page 2 of 2 - “(The) Chicago Vocational game was not a very good effort,” said Storm. “I wish I knew for sure what was different. It was a case where the guys weren’t themselves. They weren’t excited and enthusiastic. We weren’t very crisp and sharp, which wasn’t what we were seeing the weekend before.”
Chicago Vocational took control of the game early with a 13-9 lead in the first quarter. Geneseo trailed by only four at the half, 28-24 as the both squads posted 15 points in the second quarter.
Chicago Vocational pulled away after the break as the squad outscored Geneseo, 18-9 for the 46-33 advantage, while in the fourth quarter the Leafs scored 11 points to Chicago Vocational’s five for the 51-44 final.
“These were two games we could have won that we didn’t get done,” said Storm. “We need not to make the unforced mistakes.”
Leading in the Geneseo offensive was Starkey posting 14 points, knocking down two shots from beyond the arc, three field goals and two free throws.
Radue added eight points with two field goals, a three pointer and two free throws, while Jake Scott also hit eight points off three field goals and two free throws.
Austin Frank finished the game with seven points on three field goals and a free throw, followed by Burress with six on two shots from the field and two free throws. Kevin Wolak scored four points off two field goals and Snyder had two points on a field goal.
“We want to clean up two things: taking care of the ball better and better boxing out,” said Storm. “If we do both a little better we would probably be sitting 2-0 in the tournament and it would be a whole different story.”
The Leafs (6-4 overall and 2-1 in the NIB 12) will conclude action in the Chuck Dayton Holiday Tournament in DeKalb today.
“We want to finish strong those last two days and get better,” said Storm. “In tournaments, you see different things from teams and you see what you need to work on in a quick turn around. It builds better character and play from our guys.”