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Boys basketball: Roby's shotblocking highlights dominant defensive effort

That's Dukes was a capital 'D'

Dixon's Laron Carr (14) controls the ball in the middle of the Geneseo defense during Saturday's game at Lancaster Gym. Dixon won 52-28.
Dixon's Laron Carr (14) controls the ball in the middle of the Geneseo defense during Saturday's game at Lancaster Gym. Dixon won 52-28.

DIXON – There was only one 6-foot-7 Dixon Duke on the floor, though he did wear two uniforms.

Dixon's Isaiah Roby was everywhere the Geneseo Maple Leafs turned Saturday night. Roby blocked six shots and altered numerous others in leading the Dukes to a 52-28 Northern Illinois Big 12 West win at Lancaster Gym.

Several of Roby's blocks came against Geneseo's own 6-foot-7 post Drew Himmelman, who plays on the same Quad City Elite travel team as Roby.

"It was kind of a personal challenge," said Roby, who had to switch uniforms after his first was bloodied. "I have really long arms, so I like to use my length to my advantage. I'm getting better at walling up and not jumping and swatting."

Roby, who also scored 13 points, did not feel bad about blocking his travel teammate's shots.

"Not at all," he said. "I was trying to get in his head a little bit and make him alter his shots."

Cal Jarrett led Dixon (15-4, 4-1) in the scoring column with a game-high 17 points. Laron Carr added 12.

But, it was defense that stood out for the Dukes. Dixon held Geneseo (7-10, 1-4) to 29 percent (11-for-38) shooting. The Leafs did not score more than nine points in a quarter.

"After the Mendota game on Thursday [a 55-52 loss], Coach [Jason Mead] really challenged us," Jarrett said. "He said we weren't playing tough at all. Today, we felt like we had to make a statement, and we did that."

The Dukes took control early and built a 24-10 lead late in the first half. The Leafs scored the last five points of the second quarter and the first two of the second half to make it 24-17.

Dixon responded in a big way, using a 13-0, 4-minute and 28-second tear to all but put the game away. When it was over, the Dukes led 37-17 with 1:22 left in the third quarter. Jarrett scored six points in the burst, and Roby four.

Himmelman and Ethan Radue led Geneseo with nine points apiece.

The Dukes jumped in front 12-4, and led 12-6 after one quarter. They went up 18-6 on a breakaway dunk by Roby with 6:07 left in the first half. A 3-pointer from Carr made it 24-10 at the 2:06 mark.

Mead was thrilled with his team's defensive performance.

"They gave great defensive effort, and what's good about it is we only had 1 day to prepare," he said. "That's what you have to do if you want to win in the playoffs."

Dixon 52, Geneseo 28

Star of the game: Isaiah Roby, Dixon, 13 points, 6 blocks

Key performers: Cal Jarrett, Dixon, game-high 17 points; Laron Carr, Dixon 12 points; Drew Himmelman & Ethan Radue, Geneseo, 9 points apiece

Up next: Oregon at Dixon, 7:15 p.m. Tuesday

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