Geibel boys endure early struggles, drop fourth straight game
Coming into the season, Geibel boys basketball coach Ed Kroupa knew that his team would likely endure some tough stretches. Unfortunately for the Gators, one of those rough patches has come right out of the gate as the Gators have started the season with four straight losses, including Thursday's 78-51 nonsection setback against visiting Waynesburg.
“It's the same things we knew we had to work on coming into the season,” Kroupa said. “It's defense and rebounding, and we haven't gotten there yet. But we'll keep working.”
Many of Geibel's problems Thursday were directly attributed to the Raiders (3-4). Waynesburg applied a pressure defense that was extremely effective. The Gators (0-4) failed on numerous occasions to connect on outlet passes out of the zone, and Waynesburg was there many times to clean up the mess and turn it into easy points.
“I give them credit,” Kroupa said. “They ran the floor, and they did a nice job.”
It didn't take long for Waynesburg to take control of the game as Adam Fox connected for five baskets and 11 points in the first quarter to help the Raiders build a 27-11 lead. Waynesburg never looked back; Fox finished with a game-high 23 points.
“(Fox) is a senior and a returning starter,” Waynesburg coach Dave Sarra said. “A team is only as good as its senior leadership, and he stepped up.”
Waynesburg had several other players step up as well. John Davis dropped in 15 points, followed by Dom Sarra with 14 points and Cameron Jacobs with 10. The win snapped a two-game losing streak for the Raiders.
“Our defense set up our transition game early, and our kids played with the energy we needed to play with,” Dave Sarra said. “It's good to see them have that energy.”
Geibel's bright spots in the scoresheet were Aaron Agostoni, who led the team with 18 points, and Martin Berish, who finished with 12 points. Eight Geibel players put points on the board.
For the Gators, it was another tough night all around. Waynesburg built a 43-25 lead at the half, and Geibel got into foul trouble early in the third quarter, which eliminated any chance it had for a rally.
“We're just not a disciplined team at this point,” Kroupa said. “But we're working to get there.”
Geibel will have a week off before returning to action Thursday for a nonsection game at Bishop Canevin.
Jason Black is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 724-626-3534.