Posted Online: Jan. 03, 2013, 6:21 pm
Geneseo (6-7, 2-1 NIB-12w) at LaSalle-Peru (7-5, 3-0 NIB-12w)
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By Dan Tomlin, email@example.com
Tonight: The Geneseo Maple Leafs boys basketball team looks to get back in the win column and keep pace in the Northern Illinois Big 12 West race. Tip time is set for 7:30, with the girls playing the prelim at 5:30 p.m. Twitter updates: @DanTomlin
LaSalle-Peru: G Noah Lamboley, 6-0, Jr. (15.3 ppg., 2.9 rpg.); Bret Storm, 5-11, Sr. (2.3, 1.5); Cameron Hight, 6-1, Sr. (6.9, 1.4); F Jon VonBehren, 6-2, Sr. (5.9, 4.3); C: Jens Soderholm, 6-5, Sr. (22.1, 11.7).
Geneseo: G: Jordan Starkey, 5-9, Sr. (14.7 ppg., 3.3 rpg.); Ethan Radue, 5-10, Jr. (8.2, 1.2) and Luke Snyder, 5-11, Jr. (5.1, 3.8); F: Grant Burress, 6-1, Sr. (3.7, 2.5) and Austin Frank, 6-7, Sr. (8.6, 8.2).
Why watch: Geneseo started the season by matching its win total from last year, six, in its first eight games. Since then, the Leafs lost all five games at the DeKalb Chuck Dayton Holiday Tournament. ... The Cavs are the top team in the league so far, and have Ottawa on the road. With home court always an important factor in the NIB-12, the Leafs would be right back in the race with a win. ... Soderholm is going to be trouble for the Leafs down low. He is averaging 22 points a game, and it will be up to Frank and Burress to keep him in check. ... At guard, the Cavs will try their best to slow down Geneseo's Starkey who has been hot, averaging more than 14 points per contest.
What they said: "The thing that concerns me is being able to play defense for 20-30 seconds each possession. … From what I've seen, they're very patient and methodical. If we can be patient and play solid, fundamental defense we'll be OK." — LaSalle-Peru coach Jim Cherveny
"We gotta finish games off. Of the five games we played (in DeKalb), in four of them we had chances to win them late. You can't just play well enough to be there, you have to play well enough to win .... Tonight's going to be a tough task." — Geneseo coach Brad Storm
- By Dan Tomlin, firstname.lastname@example.org