Senior Night Special for Leahy, Vikings

By Brueske, Craig | Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, IL), February 9, 2012 | Go to article overview

Senior Night Special for Leahy, Vikings


Brueske, Craig, Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, IL)


Byline: Craig Brueske Daily Herald Correspondent

Brendan Leahy and his Geneva basketball teammates made sure that Wednesday's Senior Night would be a memorable one.

Leahy exploded for a game-high 25 points, 10 rebounds, and 3 blocked shots, to help lead the Vikings (13-9, 7-2) to a 60-32 Upstate Eight Conference River Division victory over visiting Larkin (14-8, 5-5).

The 6-4 senior guard was virtually unstoppable throughout the opening half, as he poured in 21 points and outscored the Royals' entire team during the first 16 minutes.

Geneva led 32-14 at halftime.

At one point, Leahy connected on 7 consecutive field-goal attempts, including three from 3-point range.

"No, never," Leahy said when asked if he had ever experienced a half quite like the one he enjoyed Wednesday night. "It was just a Senior Night special, I guess."

Leahy scored Geneva's last 12 points during a 14-1 run that enabled the Vikings to take a 17-6 first-quarter lead.

"On both ends of the floor, Brendan did some really nice things," said Vikings coach Phil Ralston, whose team remained 1 game ahead of St. Charles North (8-3) and Elgin (6-3) in the loss column atop the UEC River standings.

"He played inside-out, made some nice passes, made some nice cuts, took a charge, and was on the boards," Ralston said of Leahy's performance. "He was a man among boys tonight. He really took his game to the next level."

Leahy received plenty of support from his teammates, as Phil Lorenz (7 points, 4 rebounds), Mark Becker (6 points), Ryan Willing (5 points, 6 assists, 3 steals), John Swiderski (5 points), and Mike Trimble (5 points) also made significant contributions. …

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