January 28, 2012


One bad quarter costly to Trojans

DunkJoe McIntyre/staff photographer
Homer’s Brent Quinlan (15) dunks over Skaneateles players Austin Gardner (34) and Ben Eppolito (2) early in the first quarter Friday night. Quinlan had 13 points in a 64-52 loss.

Despite a very strong effort by host Homer Central on Friday night, a rough second quarter sealed the Trojans’ fate.
Homer scored just four points in that second stanza and that was the difference as Skaneateles walked away with a 64-52 OHSL Liberty Division boys’ basketball win.
Homer dips to 1-7 in division play and 4-9 overall. The Lakers improve to 7-4, 9-6 overall.
“The guys played great tonight,” Homer coach Sean Malone said. “Besides a few mistakes and little scoring in the second quarter, we played nose to nose with them.
“Everyone contributed, “ he added. “ (Brent) Quinlan and (Jayden) Gavidia, a freshman, kept us close in the second half. The guys fought until the end and didn’t quit.”
Homer started fast and enjoyed a 12-7 lead after one quarter of play. The offensive second quarter speed bump ensued as Skaneatles put up 18 points while the Trojans struggled. The Lakers enjoyed a 25-16 halftime lead.
The second half was closely contested as Skaneateles claimed both quarters by narrow margins.
The Lakers held a huge edge at the free throw line thanks to the fouling Trojans. Skaneatles made 17-of-31 attempts from the charity stripe. Homer was 4-for-16.
Brandon Barron led the Lakers’ offense with 26 points. Austin Gardner and Ryan McQuiggan chipped in with 12 and 10 points respectively.
Quinlan was one of three Homer players in double figures with 13 points. Thomas Austin netted 12 points and Gavidia tallied 10 points.
Homer wants to close out the regular season on a positive note with five games remaining, but the next two contests will be the toughest.
“We have a tough week coming up with Bishop Grimes and Bishop Ludden, but we are hoping to finish the year strong,” Malone said.
The Trojans travel to Bishop Grimes Wednesday before hosting Bishop Ludden next Friday. Both nights have JV action tipping off at 5:30 p.m.
HOMER JVs saw visiting Skaneateles take control of a close game during second half play as the Lakers used a 16-0 run to post the 65-46 win. The Trojans fall to 4-9 overall with the loss.
“We were in a close game until midway through the third quarter,” Homer coach Jeff Tabel said. “They went on that run which overlapped into the fourth quarter. We passed the ball well as we had many assists for easy baskets around the hoop against their tough, physical man-to-man defense.”
The game was tied 14-14 after one quarter before Skaneateles built a slim 32-28 cushion by halftime. The Lakers second half run allowed the visitors to lead by 10 through three quarters before they continued to pull away in the final eight minutes.
Igor Sokolik was on the receiving end of five of the Trojan assists as he netted a team-high 16 points. Chris Knupp led Skaneateles with a game-high 18 points with Collin Jones helping out with a 15-point effort.


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