The Geneseo Maple Leafs offered glimpses of what they can do on the court this season. Against DeKalb, they finally put it all together.
The Geneseo Maple Leafs offered glimpses of what they can do on the court this season.
Against DeKalb, Geneseo finally put together a complete game to earn a 64-61 victory for the Maple Leafs’ first win of the season.
Geneseo’s Isaiah Rivera had a season-best 37 points, and he lit up the Barbs from beyond the arc making six 3-pointers at Geneseo High School on Dec. 8.
Rivera has proven why he’s one of the top recruits in Illinois this season, but Geneseo Coach Brad Storm believes the victory came from getting key contributions from everyone which raised the entire team’s level of play.
“We’ve been trying to get them to understand the fact that if you get a lot of positive energy you are going to feel better and play better,” Storm said. “I think that was a little bit of proof there.”
This was the first game of the season Geneseo won the rebounding battle with the Maple Leafs holding a 20-9 advantage.
Kyle Traphagan scored seven points and added three rebounds, and Tim Lehman finished with six points and four rebounds.
A junior, Lehman helped Geneseo close out the game in the fourth quarter making 4-of-5 from the free-throw line.
Jacob McConnel finished with five points and three rebounds, and Joseph McConnell drained a 3-pointer.
Kade Ariano chipped in four points, and P.J. Moser finished with two points.
After a 68-43 loss against Ottawa to open the Northern Illinois Big 12 conference season, Geneseo used the eight days between games to regroup and recover after six games in 12 days to start the season.
Storm said a good week of practice contributed to the Maple Leafs finishing with a different result, and the team’s belief in the process has helped them stay focused on getting better every day.
“We don’t want to be a results-based,” Storm said. “We want to focus on the process. I think that’s what we did last week.”