December 14, 2013
Winning touch for Trojans
The winning continues for Homer Central boys, thanks to some stingy second half defensive work.
Overcoming a slow start with the help of a crucial defensive change, the Trojans improved to 3-0 on the season with a 59-36 OHSL Freedom Division basketball victory over visiting Chittenango Friday night.
“We got off to a slow start, trailing by two points at halftime,” Coach Sean Malone said of his Trojans, who were down 24-22 at the break. “We switched to a man-to-man defense in the second half and shut Chittenango down.”
The Bears (0-1 Freedom Division, 0-2 overall) managed just 12 second half points against the Trojans, who are off to the best start in recent memory.
Offensively, the Trojans were led by Jayden Gavidia with 14 points, while Rex Ryan chipped in with an 11-point effort.
“We had a nice balanced night of scoring and played team basketball,” noted Malone after the victory, as Homer points were spread around pretty evenly.
Bradley Sovocool added eight points to this winning effort, Igor Sokolik and sophomore Jarred Reiner made seven-point contributions, and Bryan Cavellier and Nick Holcomb finished with six points apiece.
The Trojans held a slim 10-8 lead after the opening eight minutes. Chittenango, whose Conor Delaney with 10 points was the lone Bear scoring in double figures, rallied for that two-point halftime lead before being shut down the rest of the way.
While the defense clamped down, Homer scored 37 second half points to pull away.
“We are averaging 17 assists a game as a team and had only four turnovers in the second half. It was two different halves of basketball,” noted Coach Malone. “Overall we are 3-0 and very pleased with our performances.”
Homer will carry this early-season momentum into a long Freedom Division road trip to Mexico on Tuesday. The junior varsity teams will tip-off at 5:30 p.m. with the varsity sides to follow around 7 o’clock.
HOMER JVS picked up their second straight win Friday, but it was anything but easy as the Trojans nipped Chittenango 58-57. The Trojans are now 2-1 overall.
“We were lucky to get the win as we did not take care of the ball at all with 30 or so turnovers,” Homer coach Jeff Tabel said. “We worked really hard at physically boxing them out and found ourselves with a win at the end of the game.”
Homer led 29-26 at halftime, trailed 42-41 heading into the final quarter and then staged a rally to produce the close victory.
Kyle Hess led Homer with 12 points. Ryan Wainwright added 11 points and Nate Cottrell netted 10 points.
Purple Tigers Postponed
The Cortland High boys’ basketball home openers against Fulton were postponed by the weather on Friday, as the Fulton City Schools were closed. That game will now take place on Jan. 31, with the junior varsity game tipping off at 5:30 p.m.
The Purple Tiger squads will now meet Jamesville-DeWitt in their home openers on Tuesday, the JV game again slated to get underway at 5:30 p.m. at Shafer Gymnasium.
In other Freedom Division contests last night, Bishop Ludden rolled past East Syracuse-Minoa 74-47 and Syracuse CBA knocked off Fowler 77-47. Mexico’s slated visit to J-D was another weather casualty and will be rescheduled.
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