The Cogs (3-5) led by as much as 38-17 late in the third quarter after a steal and layup by Kollin Fugate with 1:55 left. Sycamore (0-7) cut the lead to 10 with 1:22 left on a 3-pointer by Ethan Heinrich, but never scored again.
“We hit the panic button a little bit,” Genoa-Kingston coach Corey Jenkins said of his team’s 15 second-half turnovers. “It cost us. But we got our composure back, hit our free throws down the stretch and held on for the ‘W.’ ”
Nesler said he was impressed with how the Cogs improved from the last meeting between the teams, a 56-46 G-K win Nov. 25 at the Strombom Holiday Tournament in Sycamore. He pointed out that the Spartans added Heinrich since that game, while the Cogs were without one of their top scorers, Jason Szczepanski.
Likewise, Sycamore coach Ryan Picolotti said that his team took a step back.
“I thought in the games since then we had (improved), but not tonight,” Picolotti said.