December 19, 2013
Unbeaten streak ends for Trojans
MEXICO – Mexico Central only had four players in the scoring column Wednesday night, but that quartet did enough to hand visiting Homer Central boys their first basketball loss of the season.
Justin Marsden scored 28 points as the Tigers recorded the 68-59 victory over the Trojans in an OHSL Freedom Division contest.
Mexico improves to 2-1 overall, 1-1 in the Freedom’s National Division. Homer drops to 1-1 in the division, 3-1 overall.
“The guys played tough,” Homer coach Sean Malone said. “We just never really got things going tonight in the game. We had advantages all over the floor but never consistently went to them. Hopefully we can use this game as a learning experience and build upon on it.
“We have a great opportunity to bounce back Friday at ES-M,” he continued, the Trojans on the road again to take on East Syracuse-Minoa. “They are playing really good basketball.”
Homer took a 10-8 lead in the first quarter, but Mexico scored 22 points in the second quarter and took a 30-23 advantage into halftime. The Tigers improved their lead to 46-34 through three quarters before Homer tried to rally in the fourth quarter.Rex Ryan hit three 3-pointers in the final period as Homer scored 25 points, but the Tigers netted 21 points to prevent a Trojan comeback.
The difference was really Mexico hitting nine 3-pointers to Homer’s seven, plus the Tigers were 26-for-32 at the free throw line. Homer took just a dozen free throws, hitting six.
“We had balanced scoring and shot the ball okay,” Malone said. “The free throw line was the deciding factor in the game. We will play better Friday night.”
Ryan finished with 21 points to pace the Homer attack. Jayden Gavidia added 15 points to the Trojans’ offense and Igor Sokolik netted 10 points.
In addition to Marsden’s big night, Mexico got 19 points from Jake Delosh, 11 from Jacob Cleveland and 10 from Colin Warington.
HOMER JVs ran their winning streak to three games rolling to a 51-22 victory over Mexico. The Trojans are now 3-1 overall.
“We played a little better overall, especially taking care of the ball, with very few turnovers,” Homer coach Jeff Tabel said. “As a team, we seem to play a little better each game as far as seeing the open man.”
Jacob Rivers was the top Homer player in scoring 13 points. Kyle Hess chipped in with 10 points and Ryan Wainwright netted nine points. Mexico had no players in double figures.
Homer JVs will get Friday’s visit to ES-Minoa started at 5 p.m., with the varsity contest to follow.
HOMER GIRLS WILL be seeking a third consecutive victory this evening, to host Mexico in an OHSL Freedom Division that was postponed from earlier in the week when bad weather arrived. Homer also had a Monday contest with Jordan-Elbridge postponed.
Homer is coming off back-to-back wins over Fowler and Chittenango prior to hosting the Tigers tonight, with the 5 p.m. junior varsity opener to be followed by the 6:30 p.m. varsity contest.
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