February 8, 2011


Homer struggles losing to Mexico

A busy week of basketball got off to an inauspicious start for Homer Central boys.
The Trojans struggled for points for the most part against visiting Mexico on Monday night, an 18-point performance by senior Gavin Stage one of the few bright spots in a 45-32 setback. Stage and sophomore guard Casey Cleary accounted for all but six of the points scored by the Trojans, who are now 1-10 in the OHSL Freedom Division with a 2-12 overall record.
The Trojans host Chittenango this evening before finishing up the regular season entertaining first place neighbor Cortland High on Friday.
Defensively, the Trojans kept Mexico (3-6 Freedom Division, 7-7 overall) from breaking things open. Coach Sean Malone’s squad just never got rolling on offense until a 15-point final quarter, and Mexico took a comfortable 34-17 lead into that final stanza.
Stage had four 3-pointers as part of his team-high scoring output, while Cleary also connected on a trey while finishing with nine points. The Trojans shot around 33 percent from the floor and also struggled from the free throw line, connecting on just half of their 10 charity stripe attempts.
Dana Rowe led the Tigers with 13 points, while Andrew Disanto was also in double figures with 10 points.
HOMER JVs were 47-41 come-from-behind winners over Mexico, a 17-point fourth quarter outburst pulling out the victory. Beau Riley scored 14 points, Payten Boice 11 and Jake Trierweiler nine for the Trojans (5-9).
Riley connected four times from 3-point range in the opening half, the Trojans trailing 25-21 at the break. The deficit was five points heading into the final quarter, when Trierweiler scored seven points to spark the rally.
“Jake Gray gave us some good defense and strong rebounding while in the game,” added Homer coach Jeff Tabel. “Beau Riley shot well in the first half and only had two turnovers for us the whole game.”
Homer JVs get tonight’s games with Chittenango underway at 5:30 p.m.


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