The Maple Leafs’ basketball team closed out a win against Orion and fell in the first round of the Marengo Tournament.

The Maple Leafs’ basketball team closed out a win against Orion and fell in the first round of the Marengo Tournament.

Orion at Geneseo

The Maple Leafs need more than just Isaiah Rivera to defeat Orion at Geneseo High School on Dec. 20.

Geneseo trailed Orion 22-19 at halftime, and Geneseo Coach Brad Storm challenged the team at halftime to be better.

After a sloppy first half, Geneseo opened the third quarter by making 7-of-8 shots from the floor to battle their way to a 47-40 victory over Orion.

“Orion put some pressure on us and got up in our grill, and we didn’t handle that very well,” Storm said. “We played scared. When you play scared you do things like put the ball on the floor and drive or fling the ball all over the place. We weren’t getting very good looks, but, in the second half, we came out a little more poised and we started getting those looks.”

With Orion leading 22-19 at halftime, the Leafs’ Tim Lehman scored on back-to-back possessions to give Geneseo a 23-21 lead.

It was Geneseo’s first lead since they started the game leading 4-0.

Isaiah Rivera made a jumper a few plays later slithered his way to the basket to give Geneseo a 29-27 advantage.

Jacob McConnell scored with 1:15 remaining to put the Leafs up 31-29, and Anthony Pierce made a 3-pointer as time expired in the third quarter.

Geneseo led 44-38 with less than a minute to play, but Orion pushed the Maple Leafs until the end.

Rivera put the game away grabbing back-to-back defensive rebounds with less than 30 seconds remaining and making 3-of-4 from the free throw line to ice the win.

After Rivera scored a game-high 14 points and grabbed 10 rebounds, but he was more concerned with earning their third win of the season.

“People are finding their roles,” Rivera said. “It doesn’t matter who is doing the scoring on this team nobody cares. Everybody is just about winning, and winning the past three of four shows what we have been working on in practice to get better.”

Finding contributions from everyone was the biggest factor in Geneseo’s win.

A junior, Lehman finished with nine points and five rebounds, and he believes the team’s effort in the second half turned the tied.

“Hustling is something everyone can do,” Lehman said. “We have to always be working on that and the skills will come. We need to make sure that when those loose balls come we can take advantage of those to put points on the board.”

Jacob McConnell scored eight points and grabbed three rebounds, and Anthony Pierce finished with seven points.

Kade Ariano scored four points, and Geneseo’s Joe McConnell and P.J. Moser each finished with two points.

Marengo Tournament

The Maple Leafs fell against Rockford Christian 57-42 in the opening round at Marengo High School on Dec. 22.

Rivera scored 25 points, and Kyle Traphagan tallied seven points.

Lehman scored six points, and Jacob McConnell added five points.

Geneseo’s Ariano finished with two points.