Boys Basketball: Geneva blitzes visiting Streamwood
By Paul Johnson For Sun-Times Media December 14, 2012 9:48PM
Updated: December 15, 2012 12:16AM
In the wake of the tragedy in Connecticut on Friday morning, Geneva boys basketball coach Phil Ralston certainly wasn’t the only person finding it difficult to concentrate on a basketball game later that night.
“It really kind of puts things in perspective,” Ralston said. “It’s great that we won tonight, but you hear about stuff like that and it brings it back to reality. For me personally, it was hard to finish off the day when that news hit around lunch time today. All afternoon I was worried about my kids in school. I certainly wasn’t thinking about the game today.”
But the Vikings pressed on and cruised to a 59-33 Upstate Eight River win over Streamwood in front of a subdued crowd Friday.
After a listless first quarter by both teams, the Vikings (9-1 overall, 3-1 UEC River) put the hammer down in the second quarter, closing the half out on a 13-2 run to take a 30-11 lead into the break.
Center Connor Chapman, going up against 6-foot-10 Streamwood center Zack Harris, scored all 11 of his points in the first half before spending the vast majority of the second half on the bench.
“He’s a good player, tried to get him up in the air and draw some fouls,” Chapman said of his strategy against Harris. “We struggled a little bit early, but I think we did well as the game went on. We played well tonight, so it’s a good win.”
Streamwood (4-5, 1-3) didn’t play as poorly as one would suspect for a team that lost by 26 points. The Sabres only turned the ball over nine times in the loss. The problems came from the field (13-of-50 shooting) and with Geneva’s 14-rebound advantage.
“We couldn’t make a shot,” Streamwood coach Tim Jones said. “I’m disappointed a little bit with not rebounding the basketball. They made shots and we didn’t. We’re either really good or we’re really not so good. There’s no middle ground for us.”
Nate Navigato led all scorers for Geneva with 12 points. Jason D’Amico added nine off the bench.
A pair of reserves, Cole Seger and Kyle Strong, paced the Sabres with eight points apiece.