December 24, 2010


Homer still without a win

BasketballJoe McIntyre/staff photographer
Homer’s Casey Cleary (3) passes out of trouble against Moravia’s Chandler Benson (10) in the second quarter of Thursday night’s game.

It was a game effort by Homer Central boys, but the Trojans are still looking for that first win this season.
After falling behind 15-3 in the first quarter, Homer played non-league foe Moravia even during a 39-27 loss in its home opener. The Trojans fall to 0-3 overall while Moravia improves to 7-0.
“It was an outstanding defensive game for us overall,” Homer coach Sean Malone said. “We battled hard the entire game, coming from 20 points down at one stage of the game. We were able to force some turnovers, but we couldn’t make a shot.
“Our guys played hard the entire game,” he added. “We are definitely headed in the right direction.”
Moravia’s 12-point lead after one quarter slipped to 11 by halftime (22-11). In the second half, the Blue Devils held a slim 17-16 advantage.
Dillion Langtry was the only player in double figures for Moravia with 11 points.
Tyler Simonetta paced Homer with nine points. Brent Quinlan added seven points.
Homer will return to action Tuesday in the Cortland High Holiday Tournament. The Trojans will face the Purple Tigers in the first round at 7:30 p.m. The game will also count as Cortland’s home Freedom contest between the two schools. Marathon and Dryden will meet in the 5:30 contest Tuesday. The consolation and championship games are slated for 5:30 and 7:30 p.m. Wednesday.
HOMER JVS fell in an early 8-0 hole, but came back strong to post a 45-29 win over Moravia Thursday night. The Trojans trailed 8-2 after one quarter before tying the game at 14-14 by halftime. In the second half, it was all Trojans as they outscored the junior Blue Devils 28-15 to improve to 2-1 overall.
“They started out 8-0 on us,” Homer coach Jeff Tabel said. “We finally scored with two minutes or so left in the first quarter and our defense really stepped it up. The 17 point in the fourth was big as we increased our output each quarter with the help of our defense.
“Bryan Cavellier and Jake Trierweiler came off the bench in the first quarter and played most of the rest of the first half,” he added. “They both did a good job at settling us and getting us focused.”
Jake Casey scored all of his 10 points in the second half, off of a couple of turnovers and the Trojans half-court offense. He led all Homer scorers. Darius Stevens added nine points to the Trojan attack. Cody Spaulding led Moravia with eight points.


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