[Mary Beth Nolan]
“We started hot. We all played together for a while,” senior guard Matt Olson said. “We know what each other can do. We know [Heimerdinger] is a great shooter, we know Rhett [Espe] is a great player, Blake [Feiza] is a big post presence and [Kyle] Stuart is a great defender and we can all make shots.”
However, Geneseo mounted a charge of its own in the second quarter. The Maple Leafs capitalized on five Kaneland turnovers in the period and ended the half on an 11-4 run.
Maple Leafs sophomore Isaiah Rivera provided an enormous amount of energy for the visitors with an impressive steal and rim-rattling dunk to cut the Kaneland lead to 25-20. He then immediately followed that sequence with a big help-side block.
At the end of the half, Geneseo senior Jarron Nordstrom also knocked down a running half-courter at the buzzer to make the score 27-25 Kaneland heading to the half.