The Geneseo High School varsity boys’ basketball team went 1-1 this past week with a win over Streator, but a loss to Rochelle.
Geneseo vs. Rochelle
It just wasn’t the Leafs’ night Feb. 12 as the Geneseo boys suffered an 85-55 loss on the road to Rochelle.
“Rochelle did a lot of good things, but it was just a case of us not showing up to compete and not implementing anything in our game plan, which is disappointing,” said head coach Brad Storm. “We were flat-footed and not interested in being there. There was no excitement or intention of carrying out what we wanted to do.”
The Hubs jumped out to a commanding 26-11 lead in the first quarter and went up 48-22 at the half. Rochelle put up 22 points in the second and Geneseo scored 11.
After the break, the Hubs continued their scoring attach with 20 more points, while the Leafs put up 16 to make it a 68-38 ball game. Both squads scored 17 in the fourth quarter for the final.
Leading the Geneseo effort was Jordan Starkey with 10 points, hitting five shots from the field.
Ethan Reschke added nine points off two four field goals and a free throw; followed by Drew Himmelman who went 4-for-4 from the line and had two field goals.
Austin Frank chipped in seven points with two field goals and three free throws; while Ethan Radue and Grant Burress each scored six points — Radue hit three field goals and Burress had two field goals and two free throws.
Others contributing to the effort were Jordan Mielke with a trey for his three points; and Kevin Wolak, Jake Scott and Nathan Yager, all with two points — Wolak and Scott on a field goal apiece and Yager went 2-for-3 from the line.
Geneseo vs. Streator
On the road Feb. 8, the Leafs emerged victorious in conference action 38-33 over Streator.
“We played hard and executed what we wanted to do. We executed our game plan,” said Storm. “We took Streator out of what they wanted to do. It was a low scoring, physical grind-out game, and we proved we can play that way. I thought we did a pretty good job.”
Geneseo took the early lead 7-4 in the first quarter, but Streator kept the game close as the Bulldogs scored seven points to Geneseo’s six in the second to give the Leafs the 13-11 advantage at the half.
The Leafs came out in the third quarter and put up 13 points, while Streator scored 10 to make it a 26-21 ball game in favor of Geneseo. The Leafs were able to hold on for the victory as both squads posted 12 points in the fourth quarter.
Page 2 of 2 - Radue led the Leafs’ offense with 11 points as he sank a shot from beyond the arc, four free throws and two field goals.
Mielke chipped in nine points as he knocked down a triple, two field goals and two free throws; while Starkey scored five points on two field goals and a free throw.
Luke Snyder and Himmelman both finished with four points — Snyder hit two shots from the field and Himmelman had one field goal and went 2-for-2 from the line.
Burress scored three points off a field goal and a free throw, and Frank ended the game with two points on a field goal.
The Leafs (9-14 overall and 4-4 in the NIB 12) will be on the road tonight at 7:30 p.m. against Sterling.