The ending wasn't pretty, but the result was exactly what it needed to be.
The Geneva Vikings boys basketball team beat Streamwood 45-41 at home Tuesday night, upping its record to 11-7 overall and 6-1 in the Upstate Eight River Division.
This is a game the Vikings should have won handily, and almost did. But the Sabres rallied late in the fourth quarter and put a little scare into the hometown crowd.
With the loss, Streamwood falls to 4-15 overall, 1-6 in conference play.
With under a minute to play, Brendan Leahy hit two free throws to give Geneva a 43-36 lead. Streamwood got a good look at a 3-pointer and nailed it to cut the lead to 43-38 with 35 seconds remaining.
The Vikings then stepped over the line on the inbound pass—so Streamwood had the ball down 5 with 35 seconds still on the clock. Geneva did a good job defensively, denying a shot until the 16-second mark. But a carromed shot went to the floor, where it was tied up, and the possession was in Streamwood's favor.
Streamwood hit another 3-pointer, this from the baseline, on the inbounds play, making it 43-41 with 9 seconds on the clock. The Sabres fouled—but they had no choice but to get Leahy, the wrong guy to put on the line with the game in the balance.
He knocked down both free throws with 5 seconds left, and Geneva escaped with the win.
As has been the case most of the year, the Vikings distributed the ball well and spread the scoring.
# Name Pts.
5 B. Leahy 16
10 B. Rogers 5
11 M. Becker 2
15 P. Lorenz 8
21 M. Trimble 3
22 R. Willing 7
33 A. Bragg 2
44 C. Chapman 2