The Maple Leafs let too many things start to stack up against them on the court in the second half against LaSalle-Peru.

The Maple Leafs let too many things start to stack up against them on the court in the second half against LaSalle-Peru.

The Cavaliers defeated Geneseo 58-44 on the road against LaSalle-Peru on Jan. 26, after playing a solid first half.

The Maple Leafs led 30-27 at halftime, but the Cavaliers forced Geneseo away from their gameplan and things started to snowball from there.

Geneseo mistakes were compounded by a rowdy Cavaliers’ student section and close calls by the officials tested the Maple Leafs’ mental toughness.

“We can’t afford to let that happen,” Geneseo coach Brad Storm said. “We don’t have a margin or buffer where we can do that and have things turn out like we want. We can compete if we are on the same page working together and playing hard and smart. We did some good things when we played that way.”

GHS’ Jarron Nordstrom scored a game-high 16 points, and Isaiah Rivera finished with 15 points.

The Leafs’ Kaden Rink scored seven points, and Tim Lehman finished with four points.

Geneseo’s Griffin Tracey tacked on two points.

A sophomore, Rivera earned the PrepHoopsIllinois Player of the Week honor on Jan. 26.

The Leafs’ Rivera garnered 50.1 percent of the vote online after he scored 33 points in Geneseo’s game against Ottawa on Jan. 19.