The Maple Leafs won a comeback thriller against Rochelle, toppled DeKalb and battled rival Sterling.

The Maple Leafs won a comeback thriller against Rochelle, toppled DeKalb and battled rival Sterling.

Rochelle at Geneseo

Cayson Frerichs admitted he was struggling to make free throws during practice leading up to Geneseo’s game against Rochelle.

A senior, Frerichs knocked down some big shots from the line when the Maple Leafs needed them on Feb. 10.

Frerichs made 3-of-4 from the free-throw line with under 30 seconds remaining to help Geneseo score a 69-65 victory over Rochelle.

The Leafs overcame a 12 point third quarter deficit behind a 22-point effort from Jacob Pauley.

Frerichs was also at the forefront of the Leafs’ defensive effort which left Rochelle 0-of-7 from 3-point range in the fourth quarter.

“I just go out and try to play good defense,” Frerichs said. “I try to do what I can do and stay as confident as possible out there.”

After Rochelle built a 46-34 lead in the second half, Geneseo went on a 15-3 run capped by Matthew Ganson’s layup with 2:20 in the third quarter.

With a crazy atmosphere and big crowd, Geneseo’s Pauley didn’t really remember the 3-pointers he and Bravata knocked down to start the fourth quarter.

“We just got to relax and did not get too into it,” Pauley said. “We had to calm down and understand what’s going on.”

Ganson tied the game at 63 with a layup with 3:18 left to play

Bravata gave the Leafs the lead with a 3-pointer, but Geneseo struggled to finish the game from the line.

Geneseo finished 19-of-34 from the stripe and missed four consecutive shots in 7.3 seconds with the game still on the line.

Frerichs stepped to the line and made a pair to give the Leafs a 68-65 lead, and he split a pair of free throws with 4.3 remaining.

“This is how we have to play every game now,” Geneseo coach Brad Storm said. “There’s no team we are going to be able to blow out, but we can play with any team when we play with that intensity. We did it as a group. There was no one putting themselves ahead of the team and as a team we got the job done.”

The Leafs’ Isaiah Rivera took over in the second half creating off the dribble and getting to the basket.

GHS’ Rivera finished with 16 points, and Bravata tallied nine points.

Keaton Rice hustled on the offensive boards, and he finished with seven rebounds and 10 points.

DeKalb at Geneseo

The Maple Leafs’ Bravata showed had worked his way back into the rotation after dealing with a cold.

Against DeKalb, Bravata was red hot scoring 18 points in Geneseo’s 57-39 victory in Geneseo on Feb. 11.

Geneseo looked like a different team from the free-throw line making 16-for-18 in the fourth quarter and finishing 20-of-27 in the game.

Rivera continued to play well scoring 13 points, and Rice chipped in eight points.

Geneseo’s Noah Aper tallied six points, and Ganson tacked on two points.

The Leafs’ Frerichs and Pauley each finished with five points.

Sterling at Geneseo

The Maple Leafs were unable to upset rival Sterling falling 57-54 in overtime in Geneseo on Feb. 14.

Geneseo was in the drivers seat most of the game but couldn’t contain the

Golden Warriors in the fourth quarter.

Sterling’s Sean Gingrich tied the game at 49 with seven seconds left in regulation.

In overtime, the Warriors’ Ryan Blackburn scored to give Sterling a 55-54 lead that held up as the game-winner.

Bravata led the Maple Leafs’ offense with 24 points including four 3-pointers.

Pauley scored 17 points, and Rivera finished with six points.

Rice tacked on five points, and Frerichs finished with two points.

Geneseo’s next game will be on the road against Ottawa on Feb. 17 at 7:30 p.m.