Trojans romp in court debut
PARISH — The Homer Central boys’ basketball team got its season off to a strong start right out of the chute Tuesday night.
The Trojans outscored non-league host Altmar-Parish-Williamstown 20-9 in the first quarter and never looked back en route to a 59-35 win to open the season. “The guys played well for the first night out,” Homer coach Sean Malone said. “We came out and made some shots early, which relaxed us a bit and we beat their defense consistently to give us a double-digit first quarter lead. A few guys got in foul trouble early but we had guys come off the bench and contribute.
“A-P-W played tough and pressured us most of the game back into zone. We moved the ball well around the perimeter but can still improve in that area; we made a few sloppy passes that resulted in turnovers. We shot close to 50 percent as a team which was pretty good for our first game out.”
Jerrad Reiner and Jacob Rivers led the winners with 16 and 14 points, respectively.
“Jacob was 50 percent from behind the arc and had a really nice baseline drive for the bucket and the foul in the third quarter that gave us a little more energy to pull away,” Malone said of his starting guard. “Jerrad also had a nice game on the defensive end with four steals to go along with his 16 points.
“A few of the sophomores looked good. Stephen Walter had a nice game in the post and Bryant Quinlan gave us some nice size and energy off the bench, blocking four shots and bringing in five rebounds to go along with four points,” the coach added. “Kyle Hess missed most of the first half with early foul trouble but played most of the second half and contributed at both ends.”