The Maple Leafs showed flashes on the court during the Central Bank Thanksgiving Tournament.

The Maple Leafs showed flashes on the court during the Central Bank Thanksgiving Tournament.

However, a young Geneseo team struggled to find consistency during a 53-39 defeat against Rockridge in Geneseo on Nov. 19.

In the first quarter, Geneseo found a nice balance on offense.

Geneseo’s Isaiah Rivera scored seven points and had a dunk waived off at the buzzer.

Jacob McConnell drained a 3-pointer, and Tim Lehman was making an impact inside.

Rockridge employed a box-and-one defense to keep the ball out of Rivera’s hands and slowed down the Maple Leafs’ offense last season.

The Rockets best defender followed Rivera while the rest of the Rockridge defense played a zone against Geneseo’s other four players on the floor.

Keeping Rivera away from the paint and putting the pressure on Geneseo’s young core, Rockridge grabbed control of the game outscoring Geneseo 26-9 stretch during the second and third quarter.

“Not only have these guys not played together, but they are also really young,” Geneseo Coach Brad Storm said. “We are going to show our youth, but I thought we did some really good things too. It was enough things that we can be positive and build on as the season goes on. We are looking at this as a long process.”

McConnell finished with a team-high 14 points on 4-of-9 shooting from 3-point range and added eight rebounds.

Geneseo’s Rivera tallied 13 points, eight rebounds and three steals.

Rockridge only held a 38-33 advantage in rebounding, but the Rockets owned the offensive glass and scored repeatedly in the second half on second-chance baskets.

Rockridge’s Cole Rusk had eight points and 15 rebounds, and Jenson Whiteman scored a team-high 14 points.

“They wanted to rebound more than us,” Storm said. “It’s something we have to have to address. Part of it was technique and part of it was them wanting to get the ball more than we did.”

With a lot of new variables, Storm was satisfied with how the team responded to adversity.

“You have to fail before you can succeed,” Storm said. “We are going to have plenty of failures to build on, and these guys need to have that feeling of what it takes to compete at that level. For almost all of them, this is new. Knowing what it takes, what kind of intensity, effort and focus it takes. Right now, we are not in shape physically and mentally to do that yet. It’s going to be part of the process.”

Geneseo’s Kyle Traphagan finished with five points including a 3-pointer, and Lehman tallied six points and four rebounds.

The Leafs’ Kade Ariano made 1-of-2 from the free-throw line with five rebounds, and P.J. Moser finished with three rebounds and two assists.