Tousana, Ivan lead Batavia past Geneva

  • Batavia players huddle before tipoff against Geneva during a basketball game at Geneva High School on Friday, Dec 17, 2021.

    Batavia players huddle before tipoff against Geneva during a basketball game at Geneva High School on Friday, Dec 17, 2021. Sean King/for Shaw Local

  • Geneva's Christopher Suger (15) shoots a three pointer against Batavia's Trent Tousana (20) during a basketball game at Geneva High School on Friday, Dec 17, 2021.

    Geneva's Christopher Suger (15) shoots a three pointer against Batavia's Trent Tousana (20) during a basketball game at Geneva High School on Friday, Dec 17, 2021. Sean King/for Shaw Local

  • Batavia's Austin Ambrose rebounds the ball against Geneva's Hayden Vostal.

    Batavia's Austin Ambrose rebounds the ball against Geneva's Hayden Vostal. Sean King/for Shaw Local

  • Geneva's Michael Lawrence (2) drives to the hoop against Batavia's Ethan Ivan (3) during a basketball game at Geneva High School on Friday, Dec 17, 2021.

    Geneva's Michael Lawrence (2) drives to the hoop against Batavia's Ethan Ivan (3) during a basketball game at Geneva High School on Friday, Dec 17, 2021. Sean King/for Shaw Local

  • Geneva's Max Jensen (22) drives the baseline against Batavia's Ethan Ivan (3) during a basketball game at Geneva High School on Friday, Dec 17, 2021.

    Geneva's Max Jensen (22) drives the baseline against Batavia's Ethan Ivan (3) during a basketball game at Geneva High School on Friday, Dec 17, 2021. Sean King/for Shaw Local

  • Batavia's Trent Tousana (20) drives to the basket against Geneva's Jimmy Rasmussen (11) during a basketball game at Geneva High School on Friday, Dec 17, 2021.

    Batavia's Trent Tousana (20) drives to the basket against Geneva's Jimmy Rasmussen (11) during a basketball game at Geneva High School on Friday, Dec 17, 2021. Sean King/for Shaw Local

  • Geneva's Michael Lawrence (2) drives the baseline against Batavia's Ethan Ivan (3) during a basketball game at Geneva High School on Friday, Dec 17, 2021.

    Geneva's Michael Lawrence (2) drives the baseline against Batavia's Ethan Ivan (3) during a basketball game at Geneva High School on Friday, Dec 17, 2021. Sean King/for Shaw Local

  • Batavia's Austin Ambrose (42) shoots the ball in the post against Geneva's Ryan Huskey (12) during a basketball game at Geneva High School on Friday, Dec 17, 2021.

    Batavia's Austin Ambrose (42) shoots the ball in the post against Geneva's Ryan Huskey (12) during a basketball game at Geneva High School on Friday, Dec 17, 2021. Sean King/for Shaw Local

  • Batavia's A.J. Sanders (4) defends the top of the key against Geneva's Michael Lawrence (2) during a basketball game at Geneva High School on Friday, Dec 17, 2021.

    Batavia's A.J. Sanders (4) defends the top of the key against Geneva's Michael Lawrence (2) during a basketball game at Geneva High School on Friday, Dec 17, 2021. Sean King/for Shaw Local

  • Batavia's Ethan Ivan shoots a 3-pointer over Geneva's Jimmy Rasmussen during the Bulldogs' DuKane Conference victory Friday night at Geneva.

    Batavia's Ethan Ivan shoots a 3-pointer over Geneva's Jimmy Rasmussen during the Bulldogs' DuKane Conference victory Friday night at Geneva. Sean King/for Shaw Local

  • Geneva's Max Jensen (22) plays the ball in the post against Batavia's Ethan Ivan (3) during a basketball game at Geneva High School on Friday, Dec 17, 2021.

    Geneva's Max Jensen (22) plays the ball in the post against Batavia's Ethan Ivan (3) during a basketball game at Geneva High School on Friday, Dec 17, 2021. Sean King/for Shaw Local

  • Batavia's Ethan Ivan (3) drives the baseline against Geneva's Ryan Huskey (12) during a basketball game at Geneva High School on Friday, Dec 17, 2021.

    Batavia's Ethan Ivan (3) drives the baseline against Geneva's Ryan Huskey (12) during a basketball game at Geneva High School on Friday, Dec 17, 2021. Sean King/for Shaw Local

  • Geneva's Jimmy Rasmussen (11) shoots the ball on the baseline against Batavia during a basketball game at Geneva High School on Friday, Dec 17, 2021.

    Geneva's Jimmy Rasmussen (11) shoots the ball on the baseline against Batavia during a basketball game at Geneva High School on Friday, Dec 17, 2021. Sean King/for Shaw Local

 
By Kevin McGavin
Daily Herald Correspondent
Updated 12/17/2021 11:45 PM

There was a different verdict in the nightcap of the Geneva-Batavia doubleheader Friday, as the Batavia boys scored the first 10 points of the game and never looked back in a 55-42 triumph.

The Bulldogs (7-2, 2-1) snapped a minor two-game skid as six different players connected from beyond the line of demarcation in the opening half.

 

Perhaps even more important, Batavia would not allow Geneva (5-4, 1-3) to reach double figures in any of the first three quarters.

The Bulldogs' electric backcourt, point-guard extraordinaire Trent Tousana and 6-foot-7 off-guard Ethan Ivan, were once again the primary agents of the Vikings' demise.

Ivy converted three of the Bulldogs' nine 3-pointers to score a game-high 17 points.

Tousana (9 points, 6 assists) had a 4-point play -- the senior received an extra free throw for an intentional foul -- with exactly 60 seconds to play to single-handedly end a Geneva

uprising.

"This week (the focus has been) defense, defense, defense," Ivan said. "We really stopped them (from) running their offense. We trust everyone with shooting. Everyone

on the team can shoot at all times."

Charlie Saul, who had all 6 of his points on two 3-pointers, gave Batavia a 32-17 cushion at the break.

Geneva would apply its own defensive tenacity to open the third, holding Batavia with a single point for almost five minutes.

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But Geneva could only reduce its 15-point deficit to 11 during the Bulldogs' drought.

Despite scoring only 5 points in the third, Batavia still held a 37-23 lead after three quarters.

"We have struggled all year to score at times," Geneva coach Scott Hennig said. "I thought we had some good looks. They are hard to score against in the paint -- and they

are prepared."

But Geneva finally went on a run to open the fourth quarter.

Chris Suger capped a 13-6 quarter-opening run to reduce the Bulldogs' lead to 43-36.

But Austin Ambrose stopped the Vikings' run with consecutive field goals.

The Bulldogs' post not only finished with 15 points but principally praised Tousana for his production.

"Anybody would dream to have a point guard like him," Ambrose said "He is always finding you and hitting open shots himself."

Michael Lawrence and Max Jensen led Geneva with 13 and 10 points, respectively.

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