The Geneseo Maple Leafs boys’ basketball team earned a last-second victory over Sycamore and battled against Sterling

The Geneseo Maple Leafs boys’ basketball team earned a last-second victory over Sycamore and battled against Sterling.

Geneseo at Sycamore

The Maple Leafs just found a way to win against Sycamore on the road, on Jan. 5.

With 15 seconds to play in the game, Sycamore secured its first lead of the game by hitting a 3-pointer.

Geneseo Coach Brad Storm elected not to call a timeout, and the Maple Leafs’ Isaiah Rivera dished a pass to Ty Johnson underneath for the go-ahead layup with 3.3 seconds remaining.

Sycamore got off one final shot but it was too strong, and Geneseo stole a win the Northern Illinois Big 12 Conference game, 44-43.

Geneseo led most of the game, but Sycamore stormed back in the third quarter to tie the game at 37 to start the fourth quarter.

The Maple Leafs avenged a close loss against Sycamore at the recent Marengo Tournament, 53-51.

However, in the NIB 12 Conference contest, Geneseo made game-winning plays.

Rivera was held to 15 points, but other players stepped up to help carry the load.

GHS’ Mick Haverland scored nine points, and Johnson finished with seven points.

The Maple Leafs’ Jarron Nordstrom tacked on six points, and GHS’ Jacob McConnell finished with four points.

Geneseo’s Griffin Tracey drained a 3-pointer.

Storm thinks it’s a sign that the Maple Leafs are starting to find guys who are capable of taking advantage when teams collapse on Rivera.

Strom believed that even if things didn’t go Geneseo’s way, the Maple Leafs achieved their main goal of progressively getting better.

Sterling at Geneseo

The Golden Warriors’ effort on the offensive glass paved the way for a 62-36 victory over the Maple Leafs, on Jan. 9.

Sterling out-rebounded Geneseo 33-16 and dominated the boards to give themselves extra chances in the first half.

Sterling came bursting out of the gate taking a 34-8 lead.

Geneseo’s Rivera ended the run with a three-point play, but the Leafs trailed 36-15 at halftime.

Rivera did his best to keep Geneseo in the game scoring seven points in the second quarter on his way to a game-high 17 points.

The Leafs’ Kaden Rink scored seven points, and Tracey finished with six points.

The Leafs’ Nordstrom finished with five points and five rebounds, and McConnell made 1-of-2 from the free-throw line.

Geneseo’s next game will be on the road against Morris, on Saturday, Jan. 13 at 5:30 p.m.