November 28, 2015
Reiner paces unbeaten Trojans
CHITTENANGO — Jerrad Reiner led the charge as Homer Central boys overcame a slow start to improve to 2-0 on the young season.
Reiner pumped in 22 points as the Trojans (2-0 overall) overcame a 14-6 first quarter deficit with 21 points during second quarter play to come away with a 54-51 non-league victory over Rome Free Academy at Chittenango High School Friday. It was the season-opener for the Black Knights.
The guys pulled out another nice win today to start the season,” Homer coach Sean Malone said. “We had contributions from every guy that stepped on the floor.”
Homer had trouble scoring in that first quarter, but the 11-point difference in the second quarter gave the Trojans a 27-24 halftime lead. The Trojans edged the Black Knights 15-11 in the third quarter to open up a 42-35 cushion which was maintain most of the fourth quarter.
“We started slow struggling to score in the first quarter, but once we switched our defense, we went on a nice little run over the next two quarters to take a lead going into the fourth quarter,” Malone said. “We got up by nine early into the fourth quarter. With under a minute to go we managed to let them back into the game and it was a tie.We shot 4-for-11 from the foul line in the last three minutes to allow them back into the game.
“Jerrad and Jacob Rivers led us in scoring tonight and really managed the flow of the game well,” he continued. “The young guys continue to improve and play well. We had to go small for most of the second half due to their size and quickness. We handled their pressure for the most part, but did give them a few live ball turnovers that they turned into points.”
Rivers finished with 12 points for the Trojans.
RFA had three players in double figures with Isaiah Harris topping the list with 20 points. Tyrone Cowell chipped in with 11 points while Gavin Mosher netted 10 points for the Black Knights.
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