The Geneseo boys' basketball team got back on the right track with a home win over Princeton and then pushing Sterling to the limit on the road.
The Geneseo boys’ basketball team got back on the right track with a home win over Princeton and then pushing Sterling to the limit on the road.
Princeton at Geneseo
The Maple Leafs had three players score in double digits and topped the Tigers 51-39, on Feb. 10.
Geneseo’s Isaiah Rivera made his return to the lineup coming off the bench and scoring a game-high 15 points and seven rebounds.
Rivera was cleared to play just before the game after dealing with Mononucleosis.
“We knew conditioning-wise, he was ready as soon as he was cleared,” Geneseo Coach Brad Storm said. “We decided we should start working him in a little bit.”
A sophomore standout, Rivera had been working out and doing some shooting on his own to prepare for his return to action, but he still needed a game to get his timing back.
GHS’ Jarron Nordstrom has stepped up in a big way over the last month.
Against Princeton, the Leafs’ Nordstrom continued his hot streak scoring 12 points and grabbing five rebounds.
Kaden Rink tacked on 10 points, and Griffin Tracey finished with five points and four rebounds.
Jacob McConnell finished with four points, and Mick Haverland finished with three points.
Geneseo’s Ty Johnson added two points, and the Maple Leafs finished 5-of-8 from 3-point range.
“Maybe those couple of weeks with Isaiah out have forced guys to find ways to do a little bit more for us,” Storm said. “Maybe they will gain a little bit of knowledge on how to be successful and help us as a team.
“Hopefully, that’s the silver lining of Isaiah being out is that others had to develop.”
Geneseo at Sterling
The Maple Leafs came in looking to show growth from when the Golden Warriors dominated Geneseo in December.
The Leafs showed a lot more than growth against Sterling on Feb. 13.
Sterling had to mount a furious comeback in the fourth quarter to knock off the Maple Leafs, 66-64.
Geneseo led 54-51 to start the fourth quarter, but Sterling’s Tyler Willman drained a pair of free-throws with just 2.9 remaining in the game to give the Golden Warriors the advantage.
Rivera scored a game-high 27 points, and Nordstrom finished with 16 points.
Rink continued to contribute scoring 13 points, and Haverland finished with six points.
McConnell tacked on three points, and Johnson made 1-of-2 from the line.
With less than a month until regionals, Geneseo’s Rivera, Rink and Nordstrom finished in double digits in back-to-back games.
Storm believes the team just needs to continue grow to solidify the Maple Leafs’ identity to be a tough out once regional play begins.