In the final athletic action of the semester, Geneva's men's and women's basketball teams split a doubleheader with Bethany on Saturday night. After the women fell by the score of 65-55, the men's team gave all of those in attendance an early Christmas present of excitement with a thrilling 98-94 overtime victory over the defending conference champions.
In the first game of the night, Geneva's women were unable to overcome a 21-3 deficit just six minutes into the game. Despite the heroic efforts of senior Michawn Rich, the Golden Tornadoes were never able to grab the lead. Rich rallied Geneva back to within three points at halftime with 20 of her career high 31 points coming in the first 20 minutes. Rich also finished with a career high 19 rebounds in the loss. Beth DeLuca, who was making her first collegiate start, scored 14 points to help the Geneva effort. The women finished the first semester with three straight losses and an overall record of 3-4. They will be back in action on December 30 at Carlow.
Late in the second half of the men's game, it appeared as though the Golden Tornadoes were set to suffer another heartbreaking loss, but junior Bryan Hill managed to break the hearts of the Bethany faithful instead. Trailing by three points with only 2.2 seconds remaining in regulation, Hill took a feed from Richard Colick and nailed a game tying three-point field goal at the buzzer which sent the game into overtime. Geneva managed to escape the extra session and put an abrupt end to its five-game losing skid. Geneva got 21 points from Justin Nardi and 15 from brother Emilio Nardi off the bench. Richard Colick added 17 points and Lambros Svingos scored 15 in the victory. With the win, the Golden Tornadoes improved to 2-5 to end the semester. Geneva will be back in action on December 28 in the first round of the Defiance College tournament against Calvin.
No athletic events scheduled this week. The Golden Tornadoes wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and Blessed New Year!! See you in 2009!!
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