Geneseo (4-1, 1-0 NIB-12) at Ottawa (3-2, 0-1 NIB-12)


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Posted Online: Dec. 06, 2012, 8:46 pm
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Dan Tomlin, dtomlin@qconline.com
Tonight: The Geneseo Maple are at Ottawa for a boys & girls doubleheader. The girls tip off at 6; the boys' begin about 8. Radio: WJRE-FM 102.5 & regionaldailynews.com and WSSQ-FM 94.3. Twitter updates: @Sports_DA.

Saturday: Geneseo is off.

Starting lineups
Ottawa: G: JD Bryant, 5-11 So. (6.5 ppg., 3 rpg.,); John Carroll, 6-4 Jr. (13.2, 6); & Chase Hill, 6-0 Jr. (10.0, 5); F: Jacob Draper, 6-4 Jr. (3.2, 4) & Tabor Griglione, 5-10 Sr. (3.6,3).

Geneseo: G: Jordan Starkey, 5-9 Sr. (16.0 ppg., 2.6 rpg.); Ethan Radue, 5-10 Jr. (11.4, 2.0); Luke Snyder, 5-11 Jr. (3.0, 5.0); F: Nathan Yager, 6-2 Sr. (3.0, 3.6) F Austin Frank, 6-7 Sr. (12.0, 10.0).

Why watch: The Leafs beat Sterling last week to start the Northern Illinois Big 12 West season, and along with the Warriors, Ottawa was the other pre-season team to beat. Last week, the Pirates got upset by LaSalle-Peru as the Cavs put up nearly 30 points in the fourth quarter. ... Ottawa is always known for its hard-nosed defense and physical play, which will be a tough test for the Leafs. ... Geneseo started the season 4-0 but lost to Kewanee when Dayton Ince put up 32 points. Tonight, the Leafs will have to deal with another big scorer in John Carroll who is averaging more than 13 points a game. He put up 21 against L-P last season for a season high. ... The Leafs have had a lot of firepower from Jordan Starkey who is averaging 16 points per game and is shooting 52-percent from the field. Austin Frank has also been a force as the 6-7 senior has had a double-double in three of the Leafs' five games and is shooting 65-percent from the field. ... The Leafs' defense has been pretty solid as opponents are shooting just 33-percent, although Geneseo has averaged more than 17 turnovers per game which came back to haunt them against the Boilermakers.

Geneseo's Brad Storm: "It's a fun place to play; it's loud, everyone's right there on the court, it's different than most places. They're going to bump and push and try to hold us and we need to be able to handle that pressure. If we can do that and rebound we'll be OK."

Ottawa's Mark Cooper: "Geneseo is off to a strong start. It isn't a surprise to me. They return several players that saw significant playing time last year. This series is marked by hotly-contested games. We expect to see a great effort from the Leafs and know we will have to play very well to get a win."

-- By Dan Tomlin, dtomlin@qconline.com
-- By Dan Tomlin, dtomlin@qconline.com
















 



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