The Homer Central boys’ varsity basketball team opened the 2019-2020 season Wednesday night and lost a tough 49-46 OHSL Liberty Division contest to visiting Jordan-Elbridge.
Despite falling behind in the first and third quarters, the Trojans put together a fourth quarter rally to tie the game at one point, but fell by three points in the end. Homer trailed 17-14 after one quarter and 27-24 by halftime. Jordan-Elbridge increased its advantage to 40-31 after three quarters before the Trojans rally that
eventually fell short.
“Our rebounding and ability to take care of the basketball killed us tonight,” Homer coach Rex Ryan said after making his debut after being promoted from the JV head coaching spot this season. “We got off to a really slow start and were down double digits early. Early foul trouble for our bigs (Derek Fickett and Jarrett Wilbur) really hurt us and made it hard to match J-E’s size. When you give the other team 33 attempts at the free throw line compared to our seven, it’s going to be hard to win any game.”
Jordan-Elbridge made 18 of those free throw attempts. Homer made three of its chances.
“A positive to take from tonight was we never quit and had a bunch of quick runs which kept us in the game,” Ryan said. “We could have easily gone down 15, 20 points, but kept ghting and gave ourselves a chance to win the ball game.”
Despite their foul trouble, Wilbur scored a team-high 12 points and Fickett added 11 points to the Homer offense. Mikyle Franklin netted 11 points of his own while Gavynn Aldrich just missed double gures with eight points.
Alexander Pond paced Jordan-Elbridge with 15 points. Tyler Waldron added 14 points and Mitchall Holt had 10 points for the Eagles.
“I feel moving forward our guys will definitely be more cohesive and work on playing all 32 minutes,” Ryan said. “We appreciate the positive support from students, staff, parents and the community members who showed up.”
Homer boys’ basketball will return to action Tuesday with a road trip to Cazenovia for OHSL Liberty Division action at 6:30 p.m. The JV game will open the night at 5 p.m.
Homer JVs boys opened their season with a 41-22 loss to Jordan-Elbridge.
The Junior Trojans trailed throughout starting with a 9-2 deficit in the first quarter and 15-11 differential by halftime. The Eagles pulled away in the second half.
Wyatt Wilbur led Homer with 14 points. Izaiah Beard contributed four points to the Junior Trojan attack.
Wade Brunelle paced a balanced Jordan-Elbridge effort with nine points. Jordan Kuhn added seven points while Caleb Rouse and Caleb DeCola each netted six points.