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Geneseo Republic - Geneseo, IL
  • Leafs fall to Pirates, 64-54

  • The Geneseo varsity boys’ basketball team jumped out to an early lead on visiting Ottawa in conference action Dec. 14, but the Pirates surged a comeback to steal the win, 64-54.
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  • The Geneseo varsity boys’ basketball team jumped out to an early lead on visiting Ottawa in conference action Dec. 14, but the Pirates surged a comeback to steal the win, 64-54.
    “I thought we looked a lot more comfortable on the court against the best team we have seen since Rockridge,” said head coach Brad Storm. “That is a testament to three good days of practice.”
    Geneseo grabbed the early 11-8 lead in the first quarter and went up 23-19 at the half after the Leafs scored 12 points and Ottawa had 11 in the second quarter.
    Ottawa claimed its first lead of the game in the third quarter as the Pirates outscored the Leafs, 22-8 for a 41-31 Ottawa lead. Both squads knocked down 23 points in the fourth quarter for the 64-54 final.
    “We were really happy, especially with the first half,” said Storm. “The second half got a little out of control, but we kept battling all the way through. Ottawa put the pressure on in the second half, and we got careless, sloppy, and we stopped attacking against the pressure. We got back on our heels and that allowed Ottawa to get the lead.”
    Leading the way for the Leafs was Drew Himmelman posting 22 points, knocking down nine shots from the field and 4-of-6 from the line.
    Jordan Mielke chipped in 11 points as he drained a shot from beyond the arc, three field goals and two free throws; followed by Greg Rusk with six points off two triples.
    “I hope Jordan has found his groove,” said Storm. “He attacked the basket better, was more aggressive and played good defense,” said Storm.
    Luke Snyder added five points on a field goal and three free throws; while Kevin Wolak scored four on two field goals. Cooper Humphries and Brandon Rumler finished the game with three points apiece — Humphries hit a field goal and a free throw, and Rumler a three pointer.
    The Leafs (2-6 overall and 0-2 in the NIB 12) will be in action in the DeKalb Tournament and the Illinois/Iowa Shootout Dec. 21.
    “We are going to have a full week of practice, which will be nice, and I think we will make another jump with our timing and will be able to add to our arsenal some different things,” said Storm. “I think by the weekend we will be better and better prepared which will be exciting.
    “We always want to have some success with wins (in the DeKalb Tournament), but, at the same time, we want to use it as an opportunity to work on things so when we get into the conference season in January we are that much father along. DeKalb gives us a chance to go against bigger schools who will test us.”
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