January 12, 2016
Trojans get early jump on Phoenix
To the delight of the Homer Central boys’ basketball squad, this one was over early.
The Trojans captured a second consecutive OHSL Freedom Division victory on Monday evening with relative easy, holding visiting Phoenix to a mere five points in the opening half en route to a 56-35 triumph.
With team scoring leader Jerrad Reiner tossing in a game-high 15 points including two of the team’s six 3-pointers made at SUNY Cortland’s Corey Gymnasium, the Trojans improved to 2-6 in the National Division and 5-7 overall in lopsided fashion.
Homer built 20-3 first quarter and 31-5 halftime leads to gain the early upper hand.
“It’s always nice to play well from the start and be able to get everyone involved,” said pleased head coach Sean Malone, as 11 different Trojans contributed points.
“It was a nice team win tonight. We give ourselves an opportunity to win games if we play good defense,” he added. “Our offense is starting to improve at a good time. We play at Fowler Friday night and look to keep playing good basketball.”
Outside of enjoying an 18-13 scoring edge in the third quarter, Phoenix struggled to score and had no one finish in double figures. Taylor Ashby had seven points and Alex Sisera six for the last place Firebirds, who are winless in six league outings and 1-10 overall.
While Reiner topped the Trojans offensively, including a perfect 7-for-7 touch from the free throw line, the senior forward also got his hands on seven rebounds.
Riley McEvoy and Jacob Rivers finished with seven points apiece, with each connecting on a 3-pointer. Lannis Dodge finished with six points, four of those coming from the free throw line where the Trojans enjoyed 16-of-20 overall success.
“We kept our turnovers down and moved the ball well,” said Coach Malone. “Our starters got us off to a great start on the defensive end, turning turnovers into points. We settled down in the second half and rotated a lot of guys in and out, which was nice. We tried to run some our offense and use a little clock.”
Homer will look to make in three straight with that trip to Syracuse Friday to face Fowler, the junior varsity game tipping things off at 5 p.m.
HOMER JVs rolled to a 73-28 win over Phoenix in the evening’s prelim, Casey Hayes leading a balanced Trojans’ scoring ledger with 13 points. The winners jumped out to a 39-9 halftime lead and breezed home.
Starter Justin Wainwright and reserve Malik Redding were also in double figures with 11 points for the Trojans.
“We played very good defense and mixed defenses well to confuse them and jump out to big first quarter and first half leads,” said Homer coach Jeff Tabel. “Wainwright had seven of his 11 points in the first quarter and Casey Hayes shot the long ball well again tonight.”
Hayes had a trio of 3-pointers for the Trojans. Nick Barnes hit a pair of treys and finished with eight points off the bench.
— Cortland High boys have a stiff test this evening when Syracuse CBA visits Shafer Gymnasium, the 5:30 p.m. varsity contest followed by the varsity at 7 p.m.
CHS and Homer girls are on the road this evening, Cortland visiting Syracuse CBA while the Trojans head to Phoenix.
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