Geneseo's varsity boys' basketball team split in action this past week with a win over Dixon, but a loss to IVC.

Geneseo's varsity boys' basketball team split in action this past week with a win over Dixon, but a loss to IVC.

Geneseo vs. IVC

The Leafs were unable to overcome a third-quarter surge by visiting IVC Jan. 15 as the Geneseo fell in non-conference action, 58-45.

"It was just a nightmarish (third) quarter for us," said head coach Brad Storm. "We told them at the half that IVC has had really good third quarters all season so we needed to match their intensity, but we didn't do that. They made it hard on us on both ends."

IVC grabbed the early two-point lead in the first quarter, 13-11, but Geneseo pulled ahead as the Leafs knocked down 18 points and held IVC to eight. The Leafs took the 29-21 advantage into the half.

After the break, IVC surged back and posted 25 points and held Geneseo to only five to regain control of the lead, 46-34. The Grey Ghosts closed out the game with 12 points to the Leafs' 11 for the win.

"Once we got that deer-in- the-headlights look gone we got back to things like in the second quarter when we controlled the game," said Storm. "If we would have played like that in the third quarter, it would have been a different game. We didn't match their intensity and level of play.

"It wasn't something Xs and Os wise because we were doing things that were working, it was just the mental toughness and intensity in the third quarter. We just couldn't overcome it."

Jordan Starkey led the Leafs on the offensive end with 16 points as he hit six shots from the field and went 4-for-5 from the line.

Grant Burress added 11 points as he knocked down four field goals and three free throws, while Jordan Mielke had six off two field goals and two free throws.

Luke Snyder finished the game with four points off a field goal and two free throws, followed by Ethan Radue and Kevin Wolak with three points apiece — Radue drained a shot from beyond the arc and Wolak hit a field goal and a free throw. Ethan Reschke ended the game with two points off two free throws.

Geneseo vs. Dixon

With Starkey and Snyder almost outshooting the entire Dixon squad with a combined 35 points, the Leafs cruised to a much-needed 65-37 road win over the Dukes Jan. 11.

"It was a really good night, especially not knowing what we were going to see from the team after losing Austin (Frank) to injury," said Storm. "The kids had confidence against Dixon and imposed their will and did what we needed to do. We did a pretty good job of dictating offensively and defensively. Everyone stepped up."

The Leafs started the game with a 13-8 lead and put more distance between them and the Dukes at the half, 32-12 as Geneseo outscored Dixon, 19-4 in the second quarter.

Geneseo continued its offensive attack as the boys put up 20 points in the third quarter to Dixon's 13 to take the 52-30 advantage. The Leafs scored another 13 points in the fourth quarter to seal the victory and held Dixon to only seven.

"I think we've done pretty well (making up for missing Austin)," said Storm. "The guys have done a better job and realized they have to box out better because we don't have that height."

Starkey raked in 24 points to lead the Leafs as he drained 11 shots from the field and two free throws. Snyder added 11 as he knocked down five field goals and a free throw.

Radue, Reschke and Burress chipped in seven points apiece — Radue and Burress each hit three field goals and a free throw, and Reschke had two field goals and went 3-for-4 from the line.

Nathan Yager and Austin Lindstrom both finished the game with four points, each with two field goals, and Mielke scored two points off a field goal.

The Leafs (7-9 overall and 3-2 in the NIB 12) will next host Morris at 6 p.m. Jan. 19.

"I think we will see a similar team (in Morris) to IVC. They shoot it, are pretty active and have big, strong bodies," said Storm. "The biggest key is we need to put four quarters of basketball together, and that is what I want to see. I want to see us build on our intensity and be more consistent."