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December 2, 2011

 

Trojans defuse Rockets

BasketballBob Ellis/staff photographer
Casey Cleary, of Homer Central, reaches for a rebound against DeRuyter during the second half of the Trojans’ 46-26 win Thursday night.

By TOM VARTANIAN
Staff Writer

Homer Central controlled all phases of the game and rolled to an easy season-opening boys’ basketball win Thursday night.
Casey Cleary scored a game-high 19 points to lead the Trojans to a 46-26 non-league victory over visiting DeRuyter. It was the opening game for the Rockets as well.
In addition to his points, Cleary pulled down seven rebounds, had three steals and dished out three assists. “It’s real nice to get off to a good start,” he said. “Hopefully we can keep it up throughout the season.”
“Everyone who stepped on the floor gave us some quality minutes,” Homer coach Sean Malone said. “The guys did show good intensity. Our big guys, JT (Jake Trierweiler) and Q (Brent Quinlan), really stepped up. We are going to rely a lot on them this season.
“We’re deep at every position,” he added. “We have guys that each have different skill sets. Some can press and some can’t. Some guys play better in man defense and others play better in a zone. Rex (Ryan) helped stretch the floor out for us. He was more active tonight.”
Homer controlled the boards with a 45-35 edge. They enjoyed a 12-7 advantage in steals on the defensive side and forced the Rockets into 16 turnovers compared to nine turnovers of their own.
Despite being on the short end of every category, DeRuyter coach Tom Springer was pleased with his team’s play.
“When we were patient and ran the offense, we did very well,” Springer said. “Our zone defense did a good job. We were outmanned because they are big. Homer did a nice job rebounding.
“Offensively,” he added. “We have some things to work on. We can’t just settle on 3-point shots all the time. We need to settle down and we just need to rotate the ball around better. Once we start doing that, we’ll be fine.”
Austin Recor got Homer on the scoreboard first when he connected on a 3-pointer. Quinlan followed with a jumper. Cleary made a free throw and connected from the field to give the Trojans an 8-0 lead. Quinlan buried another jumper and then brought the home crowd to its feet with a nice dunk off a baseline drive for a 12-0 cushion.
T.J. Moade scored five straight points for DeRuyter, but Trierweiler gave Homer the final points of the quarter and a 14-5 advantage.
The Trojans maintained a 10 to 12-point cushion most of the game. Both teams scored seven points in the second quarter as the Trojans enjoyed a 21-12 advantage at the halftime break.
Homer pulled away during second-half play and coasted to the victory.
Quinlan finished the night with 10 points, five rebounds and three steals. Ryan came off the bench and grabbed eight rebounds and blocked two shots. Recor netted six points with six rebounds while Tom Austin added five points and six boards.
Moade, Tim Roodenburg and Zack Thomas each scored seven points.Thomas pulled down a team-high 10 boards. Moade grabbed six caroms and Connor Grimes snared five rebounds.
Homer will return to action Tuesday. The Trojans will travel to Phoenix for a 6:30 p.m. non-league contest. DeRuyter is back in action Tuesday at home against McGraw. Tip-off in the CCL opener is slated for 7 p.m.
HOMER JVS ran the floor all night long and cruised to a 76-22 victory over DeRuyter Thursday in its season opener.
“It was a good way to start the season,” Homer coach Jeff Tabel said. “It really was a total team effort.”
The Trojans jumped to an 18-5 lead in the first quarter and built the advantage to 35-13 by halftime.
Jake Hayes and David Augur led the Homer offense with 10 points each. Nicholas Holcomb chipped in with 10 points and Connor Simonetta netted nine points.
John Merkle scored nine of DeRuyter’s points. Chris Thomas added seven points while Dan Wood totaled four points.

 

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