GENESEO — After suffering a setback loss in Warsaw on Friday, the Geneseo boys’ basketball team came back with a decisive win at home over a 12-1 Caledonia-Mumford team, 70-61, earlier tonight.
The game was everything you’d expect from a 12-1 squad, the Red Raiders, battling an 11-2 team, the Blue Devils. Both teams traded blows through the first half with the Blue Devils having the nine-point advantage at half. The third quarter was the Red Raiders turn to shine, as they cut the deficit to two, trailing 48-46 going to the fourth. In the fourth, the Blue Devils proved to be too much and pulled away to a 70-61 victory, in front of their home crowd.
Blue Devils head coach Brian Stout felt the game was a solid return to form, after their game against Warsaw.
“We had a really good two days of practice after Friday night,” Stout said. “Friday night we shot 11-48, we struggled from the outside, played good defense, still. Tonight, the effort was there and the same defense was there, which is good.”
The Blue Devils won the game on their balanced offensive attack with featured point guard Mo Carlon with 16 points, shooting guard Bryan Rollins with 15 points, forward Elton Johnson with 15 points and center Sam Lofquist with 12 points.
Stout addressed how important multiple scores are.
“We know our top six guys can do it any night,” Stout said.
With the game only being a nine-point win, the Red Raiders received strong efforts from guard Madison Suhr, who scored 12 points, forward Kyle Kline, who scored 11 points and guard Steve Gaffney, who also scored 11 points.
Blue Devils point guard Mo Carlon also said it was good to come home and pick up a big win.
“It was a great feeling, coming off a week where we were really focused and guys were coming together as players,” Carlon said. “Last week, we were more focused on the individual and not on the team, but it was great coming out and regaining our confidence in this victory.”
Geneseo (12-2) will play again this Friday, at home against Pavilion. Caledonia-Mumford (12-2) will also see action Friday, at home against Avon.