It’s hard to tell what to expect from the Maple Leafs’ basketball team.

It’s hard to tell what to expect from the Maple Leafs’ basketball team.

Geneseo played a solid first half against Alleman, but with only a seven-man rotation fatigue became a factor in the second half for the Maple Leafs who fell 47-33, in Geneseo, on Feb. 3.

The Pioneers outscored Geneseo 16-4 in the third quarter to take control of the game.

“I thought we battled, competed and played inspired basketball in the first half,” Geneseo Coach Brad Storm said. “In the third quarter, they went on a run and we started playing tired, which is understandable. We started making decisions that were not very good and got a little bit lazy.”

With Geneseo star small forward Isaiah Rivera recently diagnosed with Mononucleosis, the Maple Leafs have a pillar of their identity out of the lineup.

Storm will keep Rivera sidelined as a precaution until he’s able to return, but they have been told things are headed in a positive direction on his road to recovery.

With the future being unknown, Geneseo has been forced to change things on offense and defense.

“He makes a lot of the other players better,” Storm said. “Not only by creating for them but by taking a lot of the defense’s attention. He allows us to get our feet under us. When he’s not there, they don’t have that. It’s a totally different team when you don’t have someone of that caliber out there.”

The Maple Leafs’ Jarron Nordstrom led the team with 14 points against Alleman, and Storm thinks Nordstrom has found his rhythm after missing most of last season with a hip injury.

“I think part of it is he’s just getting mentally and physically back into where he could have been,” Storm said. “Secondly, I think we’ve needed more from him, and he’s looking to be more aggressive.”

Mick Haverland finished with six points, and Geneseo’s Kaden Rink and Tim Lehman each scored four points.

The Maple Leafs’ Jacob McConnell and Ty Johnson each scored two points, and Griffin Tracey made 1-of-2 from the free-throw line.

“We have to try to take it as an opportunity to try to get better,” Storm said. “We just need to try to get better to be a tough out at regional time. If that means doing it without Isaiah for a couple more game, that means more guys will have to step up and absorb what he gives us each night.”