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  • Leafs edge Wildcats; fall to Boilermakers

  • The Geneseo varsity boys’ basketball team went 1-2 this past week as the Leafs fell to Kewanee and Sterling, but nabbed a win over Galva.
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  • The Geneseo varsity boys’ basketball team went 1-2 this past week as the Leafs fell to Kewanee and Sterling, but nabbed a win over Galva.
    Geneseo vs. Kewanee
    A slow start for the Leafs left Geneseo trailing 34-17 at the half to Kewanee Dec. 10 as the Boilermakers claimed a 69-49 victory.
    “Kewanee did exactly what we expected, and, right now, we are not prepared without many practice reps,” said head coach Brad Storm. “We were better at times, but it looked like we were really sloppy and we were. That is what it is going to be and there is nothing we can do.”
    Kewanee took the early 15-9 lead in the first quarter, and outscored Geneseo, 19-8 in the second to put them up 34-17 at halftime.
    Geneseo put up 15 points in the third quarter and Kewanee scored 13 for a 47-32 Boilermaker advantage. Kewanee put the game away in the fourth as the Boilermakers knocked down 22 points to Geneseo’s 17.
    Luke Snyder led the offensive effort for Geneseo with nine points as he hit four shots from the field and a free throw.
    Kevin Wolak, Anthony Bravata, Greg Rusk and Drew Himmelman, all scored eight points for the night — Wolak and Rusk both drained two field goals, a shot from beyond the arc and a free throw; while Bravata knocked down two treys and a field goal, and Himmelman had four field goals.
    Cooper Humphries added four points on two field goals; while Jordan Mielke and Adam Lavine finished with two points apiece, both with a field goal.
    Geneseo vs. Galva
    In non-conference action Dec. 7, the Leafs edged out visiting Galva, 70-68 in an overtime victory.
    “Given our situation, I don’t think there is anyone we would be able to handle and I wasn’t expecting a blowout by any means,” said Storm. “I knew it was going to be a tough match up, but we were in control most of the game and had a double figure lead. We just got to a point where Galva got us out of our comfort zone and took advantage, but credit to our guys because they could have folded and instead they regrouped, dug in the trenches and came out with a win. It was encouraging to see the fight was there.”
    Geneseo jumped out to a 15-8 lead in the first quarter, and extended its lead to 10 at the half, 31-21. The Leafs posted 16 to Galva’s 13 in the second quarter.
    Galva outscored Geneseo by one in the third quarter for a 47-38 score in favor of the Leafs. Galva knocked down 20 points in the fourth quarter and Geneseo had 11 to make it a tie ball game at 58-58 at the end of regulation.
    Page 2 of 2 - In overtime, the Leafs held on for the win as the squad scored 12 points to Galva’s 10.
    Himmelman and Rusk led the offensive charge, both in double figures.
    Himmelman put up 28 points as he knocked down 10 shots from the field and eight free throws; while Rusk chipped in 18 points as he drained four shots from beyond the arc and three field goals.
    “I knew Drew had an advantage over Galva if we could just get the ball inside. He had a really good game,” said Storm. “Greg was not a surprise because we saw him working on his game in the fall and he put some time in. He has that capability and it was nice to see him step up.”
    Mielke added nine points on a three pointer and three field goals; followed by Bravata with seven points on a trey and two field goals.
    Snyder finished the night with four points off two field goals; while Wolak and Lavine each added two points, both with a field goal.
    Geneseo vs. Sterling
    Geneseo opened conference play Dec. 6 in Sterling where the Golden Warriors hand the Leafs their first NIB 12 loss of the season, 62-54.
    “It was a good game and both teams led back-and-forth,” said Storm. “It was the same story, Sterling was more comfortable with situations and they took advantage of it. We can’t get that comfort level without a lot of reps in. We have to try and battle through the best we can.”
    Geneseo led 8-7 after the first quarter, but Sterling claimed the lead in the second quarter as the Golden Warriors outscored the Leafs, 13-8 to take the 20-16 advantage into halftime.
    The Leafs responded in the third quarter as they posted 23 points to Sterling’s 19 to tie the game at 39-39. Sterling sealed the victory in the fourth quarter with 23 points and Geneseo scored 15.
    Leading the scoring for Geneseo was Himmelman with 18 points as he hit eight field goals and two free throws; followed by Rusk chipping in 11 off a three pointer, three field goals and two free throws.
    Mielke added seven points on a shot from beyond the arc, a field goal and two free throws; while Humphries scored six off two field goals and two free throws.
    Snyder and Wolak both ended the game with five points — Snyder hit two shots from the field and a free throw and Wolak drained a trey and a field goal.
    The Leafs (2-5 overall and 0-1 in the NIB 12) will next host Ottawa at 6 p.m. Dec. 14.
    “Ottawa is a really tough team and is favored to win the conference,” said Storm. “The key will be showing poise and playing like we are comfortable. We have to be able to perform.”
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