MARENGO – Genoa-Kingston knew it needed to find a way to slow down Marengo’s 25-points-a-game scorer Mike Volkening to beat the Indians.
Not only did the Cogs struggle to do that, Volkening’s buddies backed him up with one of their hottest shooting performances of the season.
The Indians knocked down 11 3-pointers to defeat G-K, 70-55, in their nonconference boys basketball game Tuesday night at Homer “Bill” Barry Gymnasium.
“Going into the game, we were saying, ‘Stop 11 [Volkening]. Stop 11,’ ” said forward Justin McNeal, who led the Cogs with 20 points. “He had a good first quarter and their other guys stepped up. They made a lot of shots tonight. Once [Volkening] started going, we started leaving kids and I don’t think they missed an open shot the whole night.”
G-K (9-7) fell behind by 10 points at halftime and pulled no closer than eight in the second half. Volkening finished with 27 points and 10 rebounds, leaving him one point shy of 1,000 points for his career.
Forward Aidan Kirchner came off the bench with 12 points on four 3s.
“Everybody for them was knocking down shots,” Cogs coach Corey Jenkins said. “When that many guys are knocking down shots, it’s kind of tough to guard. They’re on their home floor, playing with a lot of energy. They made them tonight and we didn’t.”
McNeal hit three 3s and had a 3-point play to lead the Cogs. Bailey Foley added 13 points and Griffin Hansen had 12 points on three 3s and a 3-point play.
“They have three really good weapons there [Foley, McNeal and Zach Miller],” Marengo coach Nate Wright said. “Foley gets to the hole and finds a way to get it in against some pretty big guys. If you let Miller get open and he gets one in, he can hit three or four. They played Rochelle here and got second in our tournament (after Christmas). They beat Richmond-Burton twice. When it comes down to the end of the season, that’s a good game to have on your résumé.”