GENEVA – The Geneva boys basketball team might have been tempted to look beyond Friday’s contest with struggling Streamwood to their upcoming games against Quincy, Larkin and St. Charles North.
However, the Vikings took care of business and downed the Sabres, 75-42, in the Upstate Eight Conference River Division game.
It was Geneva’s 10th win in 11 games.
“Right now we are focusing on us. We are just worrying about our next game,” Geneva coach Phil Ralston said. “I’m not worried about Larkin right now just Quincy, who we play tomorrow night. We will worry about Larkin after we play Quincy.”
Geneva’s Justin Durante scored the first basket of the game 10 seconds into the contest and the Vikings never trailed. Streamwood (2-22, 0-9 UEC River) didn’t score its first basket until the 3:31 mark of the first quarter on a layup by Antonio Harris (13 points).
“It was nice to see us come out and play hard early and jump out to a 10-0 lead,” Ralston said. “We were patient tonight. We were a team that made the extra pass and took the high percentage shot. We play ball like we did tonight and we will have a nice stretch run to our season.”
Led by Nate Navigato’s four 3-pointers, Geneva (18-4, 7-3) led 18-9 after the first period. The junior led all scorers with 19 points, 18 in the first half.
“We ran some sets and I got some good looks and I hit them,” Navigato said of his four 3s.
The Vikings held Streamwood to two baskets and a free throw in the second quarter and held a 41-14 advantage at halftime.
“Defensively in the first half we were stellar,” said Ralston. “We did not give them many good looks at the basket and the shots that they put up were contested.”
By the end of the third quarter, Geneva led 64-31.
Chris Parrilli scored 17 points for the Vikings and Durante contributed eight.
Jacob McGlone tallied nine points for the Sabres and teammate Jacob Siewert had eight.