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Boys basketball: Batavia surprises Geneva with blowout

Updated: January 12, 2013 12:31AM

When Batavia traveled to Geneva on Nov. 30, 2012, the Bulldogs had several empty scoring columns in a 49-38 defeat.

In Friday’s Upstate Eight River game in Batavia, the Bulldogs were able to empty their bench with 1:28 in the fourth quarter as they routed the Vikings, 59-37, in front a vocal, capacity crowd.

“I thought we did a real strong job in being at the right spots defensively,” Batavia coach Jim Nazos said. “I think it’s a great win against a great team.”

Batavia (8-8, 2-4) needed more than its defense though and senior Jake Pollack delivered in each half. Pollack drained three of his four three-pointers in the first half but also scored 10 of his game-high 23 points in the second half.

“It obviously feels good,” Pollack said. “It’s Batavia tradition to have a lot of people at home, to have the Bulldog pride. It was a nice game, a nice win.”

Geneva (13-4, 4-2) actually enjoyed a 13-9 lead after one quarter. Cam Cook and Nate Navigato both had three-pointers in the opening quarter, but neither had a field goal the rest of the game against the stifling Batavia defense.

“We had a single-digit second quarter and that pretty much sealed it for us,” Pollack said. “We held them to three single-digit quarters and that’s what we aim to do in each game. That’s why we excelled in this one.”

The teams were tied at 21-21 with 1:44 remaining in the first half, but the Bulldogs closed the quarter with a 6-0 run to take a 27-21 lead into the second half.

Geneva was able to stay relatively close until the end of the third quarter when Batavia started a game-ending run. The Vikings trailed 36-29 with 10 seconds left in the third quarter, but the Bulldogs scored 12 consecutive points to take a commanding 48-31 lead with 4:52 on the clock.

“Plenty of blame to go around and it starts with me. We obviously didn’t get prepared,” Geneva coach Phil Ralston said. “We needed another week to get ready for this game. We were emotional without playing with emotion.”

Despite foul trouble, Luke Horton contributed 12 points and Zach Strittmatter added 11 for the Bulldogs. Connor Chapman led the Vikings with 9 points and Mike Trimble had 8 points and 5 rebounds.

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