YORKVILLE-- The Geneseo boys' basketball team was in a dogfight on Saturday night, with a junior and a newcomer paving the way to a much-needed win.|
In the nightcap of a boys/girls doubleheaders, Geneseo (8-11, 3-3 NIB-12) defeated Yorkville 49-42, for its second win in the past 11 games.
Four late free throws from junior Ethan Radue put the game out of reach, but it was sophomore Drew Himmelman who gave the Maple Leafs an early lead in the fourth quarter.
Trailing by one to start the quarter, Himmelmanbullied his way into the paint for four hard-earned points to give the Leafs a 36-33 lead.
From there, the Leafs never looked back.
"I had one practice with these guys before tonight," Himmelman said. "I'm happy tocome up and do anything to help this team get a win. They work hard, and I'm really happy to help the team get a win."
Himmelman finished with five points and three rebounds in the fourth period alone. It was his first stretch of varsity minutes.
"Guys stepped up," Geneseo coach Brad Storm said. "Our sophomore hadn't played a secondof varsity before. What agreat time for him to step up."
Therookie wasn't the only one. Himmelman's work started the job in the fourth, but Radue finished it.
Raduescored 14 points -- nine in the fourth quarter-- including four free throws that turned a three-pointadvantage into a seven-point leadto close out the game.
"I just dug deep down and really focused on what I needed to do," Radue said. "It was a good scoring night, but we can always do better. But, it was good enough for tonight."
Radue shared the team-high of six rebounds with Jordan Starkey. Starkey had a team-high in points with 20.
""Last night was going the same wayuntil it went the opposite way at the end," Starkey said. "It will be good to have momentum going into next week."
Neither team lead by more than five points. Geneseo enjoyeda nice 33-23 advantage on the boards. Yorkville outshot33 percent (16-for-44) to the Leafs 33 percent (15-for-45), but the Leafs made six more free throws than the Fox did.
Leaf girls fall to Yorkville:The Lady Leafs (12-13, 4-4 NIB-12) fell 47-40 to Yorkville in the opener.
Emily Ford, with a team-high 15 points, knocked down a jumper with 1:15 left in the third period to bring the Leafs within a point at 32-31.
That was the finalGeneseo points for a three-minute stretch that carried into the fourth
"The effort was not questioned," Geneseo coach Scott Hardison said. "We justhad a couple buckets not drop. We executed the plays we wanted and got open looks, but they just rolled in and out. Some night you have that."
Molly DeBrock scored 12 points,seven in the fourth and five of those at the charity stripe.
Hardison did see improvement.
"This is a team that beat us by 25 at our Christmas tournament," Hardison said. "You can never be happy with a loss, but when you compete with that same team a month later, it shows improvement. We have igotten better."
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