December 7, 2013


Trojans clip Falcons in opening shootout

ShootJoe McIntyre/staff photographer
Homer’s Jayden Gavidia (10) and Nick Holcomb (42) strip the ball from Fowler’s Josh Ramos in the second quarter of Friday’s season opener. Host Homer prevailed 73-69.

This highly-anticipated season opener was a Friday night success story for Homer Central boys.
Rex Ryan scored 20 points, including a trio of 3-pointers, as the Trojans won a 73-69 non-league basketball shootout with visiting Fowler High out of Syracuse. It was 2013-14 debut for both sides.
“The guys played great tonight,” Homer coach Sean Malone said. “Everyone who stepped on the floor played big minutes and contributed.
“Rex led us in scoring,” he continued of Ryan, his veteran 6-foot-8 senior. “He did get in foul trouble early but maintained and came up big in the end with some free throws. We had 17 assists and only 10 turnovers as a team which shows that we are playing team basketball.”
Homer scored 20 points in the first quarter to take a two point lead, but Fowler held the slight 18-16 scoring edge in the second quarter as the teams headed to the locker room deadlocked at 34-34. The Trojans again took a two-point through three quarters at 54-52. Homer built the advantage to 11 points with 4:55, but needed to weather a furious Falcon comeback bid down the stretch.
Ryan was just one of four Homer players in double figures. Jayden Gavidia added 15 points while Igor Sokolik and Jerrad Reiner added 14 and 12 points respectively.
Fowler also had four players in double figures. Josh Ramos led the Falcons with a game-high 22 points. William Reome added 13 points while Luis Cirano netted 11 points and Jay Harp tallied 10 points.
HOMER JVS did not fare as well in their opener. A taller, stronger and quicker Fowler team doubled up the host Trojans 60-30.
“Fowler had size, strength and speed that we did not match up with at all,” Homer coach Jeff Tabel said. “We displayed very little confidence in our ability to shoot the ball.”
James Denkenberger and Jacob Rivers paced the Trojans with eight points each. Ryan Wainwright added five points.
Homer will return to non-league action Monday traveling to Onondaga Central with the JV tip-off at 5 p.m. and the varsity game follows.


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