January 13, 2009
Grimes topples Trojans
Rich Barnes/contributing photographer
Homer’s Joey Rivers (15) gets tangled up between a pair of Bishop Grimes defenders Monday night. Though Rivers scored 13 points, visiting Grimes won 63-46.
Within 23-17 at halftime, Homer Central boys suddenly ran into a hot-shooting basketball visitor on Monday night.
Bishop Grimes really warmed to the task while building a 20-point lead at one third quarter juncture and went on to defeat the Trojans 63-46, as Homer still searches for its first OHSL Liberty Division victory of the season.
The Trojans will chase that elusive victory tonight at Cazenovia, last night’s loss the first of three games over a four-game stretch.
Coach Doug Pasquerella did find some positives in the loss that leaves Homer 0-4 in the division and 3-6 overall, some 18-for-24 free throw shooting in particularly encouraging for a team that has made less than 50 percent of its charity stripe chances. Kane Hartnett had 16 points and Joey Rivers tossed in 13, including a pair of treys, to give the offense a spark.
“The biggest thing again for us was our execution,” said Pasquerella, mistakes often turning into Bishop Grimes points. “I would say Bishop Grimes shot the ball at a high percentage, especially in the early moments of the third quarter. For the first four or five minutes, they shot the ball extremely well from the arc and everywhere else.”
Mike Stone had 17 points including a pair of 3-pointers in leading the Cobras from East Syracuse,who are now 3-2 in the Liberty Division and 7-3 overall. Mike Sugamosto added 14 points for the visitors.
The Trojans, playing without injured sophomore guard Zach Blandon (thigh) and junior Aaron Darr (college visit to Dartmouth) in this game, did trim the Bishop Grimes lead to 15 points by the end of the third quarter and played the Cobras on even terms throughout the final stanza.
HOMER JVs were beaten 61-32 in the prelim by Bishop Grimes, turnovers troubling the Trojans in the setback.
“Our half court defense isn’t bad, but when we turn the ball over so many times they get scoring chances we can’t defend,” said Homer coach Chip Stewart, Homer within 29-19 at halftime before the visitors pulled away. Bishop Grimes’ offensive rebounding also caused problems for the Trojans.
Joe Marchetti led Homer with nine points, while Casey Cleary tossed in eight. Grimes out-scored Homer 32-13 in the second half.
HOMER GIRLS host Cazenovia this evening, the Lakers coached by former Trojan basketball MVP Steve Miles — a 1973 Homer graduate.
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