The Geneseo boys’ basketball team split in action this weekend with a win over LaSalle-Peru, but a loss to Alleman.

The Geneseo boys’ basketball team split in action this weekend with a win over LaSalle-Peru, but a loss to Alleman.

Geneseo vs. Alleman

The Leafs couldn’t make it a sweep of their games this weekend as Geneseo fell on the road to Alleman, 68-51 Jan. 11.

“I wish I knew what happened (Saturday night),” said head coach Brad Storm. “I don’t know. It was one of those things. We didn’t have the intensity and fire we needed.”

Alleman jumped out to a 20-12 lead in the first quarter and went up 32-20 at the half. The Pioneers scored 12 points to Geneseo’s eight in the second quarter.

The Leafs put up 18 points in the third quarter; while the Pioneers scored 14 for a 46-38 score in favor of the Pioneers. Alleman put the game away in the fourth quarter when the Pioneers outshot Geneseo, 22-13.

Greg Rusk and Drew Himmelman led the offensive effort for Geneseo with 30 of the team’s 51 points with 15 apiece — Rusk drained three shots from beyond the arc, two field goals and two free throws, and Himmelman knocked down seven shots from the field and a free throw.

Luke Snyder chipped in 11 points as he hit five field goals and a free throw; followed by Ethan Radue with four points on two field goals. Jordan Mielke finished with three points off a triple; while Anthony Bravata had two points with a field goal, and Kevin Wolak went 1-for-4 from the line.

“I think it was a mental thing following a big emotional win Friday night. It is hard to have that mental toughness,” said Storm. “But what we learned is we don’t have any room for error. We have to be ready to play every game, and anybody can beat us if we are not ready to play. The margin of error is small.”

Geneseo vs. LaSalle-Peru

Geneseo grabbed its first conference win of the season when the Leafs slipped past visiting LaSalle-Peru, 58-56 Jan. 10.

“I was really proud of them,” said Storm. “We made plays when we needed to, and L-P played well, also. Both teams shot well and did a lot of good things. It was a fun game to be a part of. It was a well-played game and both teams went back-and-forth the entire game.”

The game stayed close through most of the contest, and L-P grabbed the early 18-17 lead in the first quarter. Geneseo took control at the half, 31-30 when the Leafs put up 14 points to L-P’s 12.

The Leafs gave themselves a four-point lead in the third quarter, 48-44, after they posted 17 points in the quarter to L-P’s 14. Geneseo was able to hang on despite missing several free throws down the stretch as L-P hit 12 points and Geneseo had 10 in the fourth.

“We missed a lot of free throws, and didn’t execute our offense in a three-minute span where I thought we could put the game away,” said Storm. “At the end, we tightened up and did what we needed to do, which was good to see.”

Himmelman paced the squad with 22 points as he drained nine shots from the field and four free throws.

Radue added 17 points to the win as he sank four shots from beyond the arc, two field goals and a free throw; while Mielke put up nine points on two triples, a field goal and a free throw.

Bravata finished the night with six points as he knocked down two three pointers, and Snyder went 4-for-4 from the line for his four points.

The Leafs (8-9 overall and 1-2 in the NIB 12) will be on the road tonight against Streator at 7:30 p.m. tonight.

“We have to realize we are back in the conference race,” said Storm. “We need to learn from the Alleman game, and bounce back with mental toughness when we travel to Streator, which is always a tough game.”