February 10, 2007


Trojans turn back pesky Eagles


Joe McIntyre/staff photographer
McGraw’s Anthony Powell (right) tries to strip the basketball from Homer’s Tristan Hartnett in the second quarter of Friday’s court clash. Hartnett scored 18 points as visiting Trojans prevailed 50-42.

McGRAW — Both coaches saw hopeful signs coming out of the Homer Central boys’ basketball team’s 50-42 victory over host McGraw Central Friday night.
“It was a good win for us, a good way to end the regular season, and now we’ll wait for sectionals,” Homer coach Jim Luchsinger said. “We finished 7-12, the most wins a Homer team has had in awhile. I’m proud of the way the kids worked hard for me and I appreciate it.”
Seven wins were the most for the Trojans since going 8-13 in the 2003-04 campaign.
“We did a better job against then than we did the first time,” McGraw coach Ben Albright said, in reference to a 70-47 victory by host Homer on Jan. 12. “We were able to keep it close. We got to within three points a few times in the third and fourth quarters, but couldn’t get any closer than that.”
Homer led by three, 10-7, after one quarter, and 24-21 at the half. The visitors expanded the advantage to six, at 37-31, entering the final eight minutes. Mike Carboine, Homer’s 6-5 junior center, played a big role in the win, scoring 10 of his 14 points in the second half.
“Mike got in some foul trouble, but came off the bench to get some big baskets at the end,” Luchsinger said. “Tristan Hartnett (game-high 18 points) had a good game. He handled the ball well and did a great job of controlling the game and leading the defense. Steve Schillo did a good job off the bench, and had a couple of big rebounds.
“McGraw gave us a good game. They worked hard and made it awfully difficult for us. We didn’t make free throws (4-for-18), as usual, which made it more difficult for us than it should have been,” he added.
“We started out slow offensively,” said Albright, whose team finished the regular season with a 9-9 record. “We tried to mix it up on defense and double up on their big guys down low. We gave up a lot of size. We wanted to get them to shoot from the outside, then get the defensive rebound to limit them to one shot, and we did a pretty good job. But sometimes only three guys would be boxing out when we need five on defense. That continues to hurt us. Especially giving up size like that, we need everyone working.
“We held Carboine to four points in the first half, but in the second half he was able to get to the basket when they got him the ball in the paint. He and (Joe) May each picked up their third four in the third quarter, and Carboine got his fourth early in the fourth, which gave us the opportunity to do some things down low.”
Brad MacLean led the Eagles with 13 points, while Evan Emery had 12 and Ryan Russell 11. Russell and MacLean had 11 rebounds apiece as McGraw had a 40-36 advantage in that department.
Both teams will await the results from Wednesday’s sectional seeding meeting to find out their next opponent, plus where and when the contests take place.


Red Dragons win streak reaches 20

Yeoman’s 200th win at Cortland

BUFFALO — A second half revival not only kept SUNY Cortland women unbeaten in conference basketball play, it gave Jeannette Yeoman her 200th career coaching victory with the Red Dragons.
The Red Dragons rallied to beat Buffalo State 68-60 in Friday’s SUNY Athletic Conference road contest, with freshman forward Jessica Laing leading a balanced scoring attack with 19 points.
Point guard Maggie Byrne added 11 points including a pair of 3-pointers, while senior forward Erin Dabe came off the bench to match her career high of 10 points to go along with seven rebounds.
Also contributing to the victory were sophomore forward Ali Canale with nine points and seven rebounds, senior guard Kerry Costello with eight points and had a career high seven assists and junior forward Sara Cavanaugh with a team high 13 rebounds and blocked three shots.
Coach Yeoman now has a 200-46 record in nine seasons directing the Cortland program. She also spent four seasons at Alfred, her all-time coaching record at 233-111.
Cortland improved to 13-0 in conference play and 20-1 overall, with 20 consecutive wins since a season-opening stumble. That’s the second longest win streak in school history, as the 1999-2000 squad won its opening 22 contests.
It was the sixth time the program has reached 20 wins in a season under Yeoman, and the 10th time overall.
Cortland had to earn this win at the Buffalo State Sports Arena, where the host Bengals fell to 3-10 in SUNYAC play and 6-16 overall.
The Red Dragons trailed 28-25 at halftime, but took the lead for keeps early in the second half. Tied at 32-32, a Byrne free throw and Canale bucket over the next minute of play put Cortland ahead.
Buffalo State, which got 14 points from Jacey Brooks and 13 from Toya Parks and Gina Apa, fell down by nine points only to battle back.
The Bengals were within 56-52 after a pair of Apa free throws with 4:05 to play. But after a scoreless stretch of nearly two minutes, Laing made a 3-point shot with just over two minutes to play.
Buffalo State never got closer than four points the rest of the way, Cortland going up by 10 points twice thanks to free throws by Costello and Dabe before the hosts scored a last second basket.
Cortland visits Potsdam on Tuesday.