Maple Leafs topple Kewanee

Chris Steele
Noah Aper passes the ball up-court during Geneseo’s game against LaSalle-Peru. Aper scored a team-high 16 points at the Iowa/Illinois Shootout on Dec. 17.

Geneseo rebounded from a pair of disappointing outings with a victory over Kewanee.

Geneseo at Rochelle

Maple Leafs turnovers allowed a Northern Illinois Big 12 West Conference win to slip through Geneseo’s fingers.

The Leafs’ committed 25 turnovers during their 87-71 loss in Rochelle on Dec. 16.

Despite the turnovers, Geneseo was able to hang around late into the game.

With extra chances, the Hubs’ up tempo play allowed them to fire a blistering 27-of-64 from the floor for 42 percent.

Mistakes allowed the Hubs (5-3, 2-1 NIB 12) to pull away.

A Rochelle score to close out the third quarter provided the Hubs with a 60-52 cushion, and a 3-pointer to open the fourth quarter dashed Geneseo’s comeback hopes.

A freshman, the Maple Leafs’ Isaiah Rivera displayed his offensive prowess scoring 22 points.

Geneseo’s Anthony Bravata finished with 12 points and seven rebounds, and Jacob Pauley tallied 11 points.

The Leafs’ Keaton Rice and Noah Aper each scored six points for Geneseo.

The Leafs’ Charlie Wiese and Kyle Wise each added five points.

Matthew Ganson scored four points.

Genesis Iowa/Illinois Shootout

The Maple Leafs’ struggles continued in the 23rd annual Genesis Iowa/Illinois shootout and ended Geneseo’s winning streak at the cross-river rivalry.

The Assumption Knights defeated Geneseo 64-46 at Augustana’s Carver Center, in Rock Island, on Dec. 17.

It was the first time since 2011 Geneseo lost at the Genesis shootout, and teams from the Iowa side claimed a 4-3 decision in the 23rd annual tournament.

The Knights went on an 11 point run to end the first quarter leading 16-8.

After Geneseo closed the gap to 27-22 at halftime, big runs from Assumption put the game out of reach in the second half.

The Knights finished the game shooting an incredible 21-of-33 from the floor (64 percent).

Geneseo’s Aper led the team in scoring with 16 points, including 3-of-3 from beyond the arc.

The rest of the Maple Leafs combined to shoot 3-of-18 from 3-point range in the game.

Rivera scored 11 points, and Bravata finished with eight points.

Geneseo’s Pauley tacked on five points, and Ganson finished with four points.

Rice made a pair of free throws for the Leafs.

Geneseo at Kewanee

Following a pair of unnerving games, the Maple Leafs found the right formula against Kewanee on Dec. 20.

Geneseo turned up the intensity and beat the Boilermakers a 69-56 in their final game of 2016.

Despite a 32 point performance from Kewanee’s Juan Contreras, Geneseo (3-5) controlled the game from start to finish against the Boilermakers (8-4).

A big run in the second quarter gave Geneseo their largest lead of the game at 31-17.

The Leafs made 25-of-45 shots from the field (56 percent) and made 6-of-15 from 3-point range.

Geneseo’s Bravata and Pauley each scored a team-high 16 points, and Rivera finished with 13 points and eight rebounds.

Rice put together a nice game scoring 10 points and grabbing five rebounds, and Aper finished with six points and five rebounds.

Ganson and Wise each finished with three points, and Cayson Frerichs scored two points.

Geneseo will begin the New Year with a home game against Erie on Tuesday, Jan. 3 at 7:30 p.m.