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Boys Basketball notes: Geneva’s Max Jensen gives maximum effort in loss to Lake Park

GENEVA – Max Jensen wouldn’t give up on the play.

Jensen, Geneva’s senior forward, scooped up a Mick Lawrence missed shot on the rebound and put it right back to pull the Vikings within 10 points during their eventual 41-30 loss to Lake Park on Wednesday.

Jensen remembered a double overtime loss to Wheaton North from last week that partially fueled his fourth-quarter spark.

“I felt like I didn’t play my best [against the Falcons],” Jensen said. “I felt like, this game, I owed it to my team to give it my all. Or give them more than my all because I feel like I disappointed.”

“I was turning the ball over,” Jensen continued. “I was thinking way too much and a lot of it ended up costing us down the stretch. So I wanted to try and give the best opportunity to try and win.”

Correcting some of those mistakes, moving forward, includes “not thinking so much.”

“I think if you sit there and think before the play, it’s when the mistakes happen,” Jensen said. “I’ve done it thousands and thousands of times. So, if you just don’t think and go with what you’re used to [and react], instead of thinking about everything, I think it’s a much easier game to play.”

Jensen, who finished with 15 points and five rebounds against Lake Park, “is having an all-conference type season” to Geneva coach Scott Hennig.

Holding the Lancers to a near-season low in points – an achievement in its own right – still wasn’t enough to pull off the win.

“[Lake Park] has two really experienced guys in [Vito Lagioia and [Sebastian Blachut],” Jensen said. “They’re really, really good. I’ve played them since freshman year. They control the game the whole time. They’ve always done that. Those two were our main focus.”

St. Charles North avoids a repeat of history

Batavia’s Trent Tousana heaved a buzzer-beater to beat St. Charles North last season. On Wednesday, the North Stars made it a priority to not let history repeat itself.

“[He] did that on our home floor last year,” St. Charles North senior Max Love said. “Leading up to the game, that was just always in the back of our mind. They beat us twice last year, so we needed to get them back.”

St. Charles North pulled out the close 49-47 victory, and in the process, completed the first leg of sweeping Tri-Cities teams St. Charles East, Geneva and now Batavia.

“…We knew [Batavia] was a big game for us,” said Max Love, who had 15 points in the win, as did his twin brother Jude. “…We couldn’t let [Tousana beat us again].”

Love, admittedly, “was a little nervous” when the shot by Tousana to close Wednesday’s game went up.

“Everybody knew he was going to go for it; he was going to be the one shooting it, too,” Love said.

A year ago, Ethan Marlowe was a bit behind in closing on Tousana.

“It was the same play they ran,” Love said of the final shot. “But we were kind of in a scramble. It was the same play they ran last year, I think, they just gave him a flat ball screen and let him work with it.”

Justin Hughes and Jude Love were the closest to Tousana.

“Justin was on Trent and then they switched,” Love said. “There wasn’t [any] miscommunication. Jude switched on to Trent and then just played good defense and made him take a tough shot, which is good.”

Winning the tight battles in the fourth quarter, Love said, “shows that we’re learning as a team this season.”

The North Stars had an 11-point third quarter lead Wednesday. Batavia whittled it to one, but Ned Hayes hit a pair of three-pointers to stop the bleeding.

“We’ve lost six games and a lot of those games, we’ve been winning at some point going into the fourth quarter,” Love said. “It shows that we’ve learned, grown and figured out how to control a lead and play with it.”

Jacob Bartelson

Jacob Bartelson

Jake is a full-time sports reporter writing primarily for the Kane County Chronicle covering preps. His collective work is featured across several Shaw markets and platforms, including Friday Night Drive and Bears Insider. Jake began full-time in 2017.