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  • Leafs cruise past Hampshire 75-59

  • The Geneseo varsity boys’ basketball team got its holiday break started on the right foot this weekend as the Leafs grabbed back-to-back wins.
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  • The Geneseo varsity boys’ basketball team got its holiday break started on the right foot this weekend as the Leafs grabbed back-to-back wins.
    Geneseo vs. Hampshire
    Geneseo capped off the day Dec. 21 with a tournament opening win in the Chuck Dayton Tournament in DeKalb over Hampshire, 75-59.
    “I think part of it was our guys felt so good about their improvement they were ready to play and excited to get back on the court against a much better opponent,” said head coach Brad Storm. “We knew we would get tested so to come out and win by 16 was just another great night. We did a great job on offense and defense.”
    Geneseo took the early 15-12 lead in the first quarter, but Hampshire hit 21 points to Geneseo’s 17 in the second to take the one-point advantage into the half, 33-32.
    The Leafs regained control of the game in the third quarter as they outscored Hampshire, 22-14 for the 54-47 lead. Geneseo sealed the victory with 21 points in the fourth quarter and held Hampshire to 12.
    Leading the way for the Geneseo offense were Drew Himmelman, Jordan Mielke, Ethan Radue and Luke Snyder, all posting double digits. Himmelman sinking 6-of-8 from the free-throw line and seven field goals for his 20; Mielke knocking down three shots from beyond the arc, three field goals and three free throws for his 18; Radue hitting 6-of-6 from the line, a triple and three field goals for his 15; and Snyder knocking down a three pointer, three shots from the field and a free throw for his 10.
    “I think Ethan gave us a little stability because he is someone who has been through it,” said Storm. “Plus, he can handle the ball really well and having him out there everyone is a little more at ease. He also knocks down his free throws which helped us seal the victory.”
    Greg Rusk added five points off two field goals and a free throw; followed by Kevin Wolak with four points on two field goals, and Anthony Bravata with three points off three free throws.
    Geneseo vs. Davenport North
    In game one of the Geneseo boys’ basketball team’s Dec. 21 doubleheader, the Leafs dominated Davenport North, 74-38 in the Illinois/Iowa Shootout in their morning showdown.
    “You always worry about a 10 a.m. game and how the guys will come out, but they were ready to play and executed what we wanted to do,” said Storm. “The effort they gave mentally and physically was so nice to see early in the morning. We pretty much controlled the entire game and won every quarter except the last. It was a great performance overall.”
    Page 2 of 2 - The Leafs opened the game with a 17-11 lead in the first quarter, and pulled ahead 37-15 at the half after they knocked down 20 points and held North to four.
    Geneseo continued its scoring attack in the third quarter as the Leafs outscored North, 20-4 for the 57-19 advantage. In the fourth quarter, North hit 19 points and Geneseo scored 17 to give the Leafs the 36-point victory.
    The Leafs got 11 of its 14 players in on the scoring action in the contest with Himmelman, Mielke and Humphries leading the charge in double figures.
    Himmelman posted 19 points as he knocked down six shots from the field and went 7-of-10 from the line; Mielke drained four shots from beyond the arc and two field goals for his 16; and Humphries put up 11 points as he hit a three pointer, three field goals and two free throws.
    Austin Lindstrom chipped in six points off three field goals; while Radue and Brandon Rumler each scored five points – Radue hit a trey and went 2-for-2 from the line, and Rumler scored on a field goal and three free throws.
    Wolak and Snyder finished the game with three points apiece – Wolak on a field goal and a free throw and Snyder went 3-for-4 from the line; while Jordan Schnowske, Bravata and Adam Lavine, all scored two points, each with a field goal.
    “The outcome (of the two games) made it even better, and I am proud of how they handled it,” said Storm. “(Two games in one day) is something that stretched our comfort level and it can be straining, but they were focused and it showed.
    “The week (of practice) was great for us. We made a lot of strides and got a lot more comfortable and carried it over to the game. We showed we were a lot more comfortable. We made leaps and bounds.”
    The Leafs (4-6 overall) will conclude action in the Chuck Dayton Holiday Tournament today. Geneseo will be back in action at 8:30 p.m. Jan. 4 against Rock Falls.

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