The Homer Central boys’ varsity basketball team stumbled to start the second half Thursday night as the Trojans were playing back-to-back games.
After the five-point home loss to Whitesboro on Wednesday, Homer traveled to Syracuse Institute of Technology Thursday and fell 75-69 in the OHSL Liberty American Division contest. The Trojans slip to 3-6 in the division and 7-7 overall. The Eagles improve to 3-5 in the division and 5-7 overall.
“Can’t expect to win games if you give up 75 points,” Homer coach Rex Ryan said. “We need to improve on taking care of the basketball and defensive rebounding. Our inability to play at a consistent level has cost us games this season. We are fortunate to have six games left to try and figure things out.”
Homer trailed 19-14 after the first quarter, but battled back to tie the game by halftime at 31-31. Tech Central put up 26 points in the third quarter as Edwin Seton pumped in 11 points and Terrell McLaughlin added eight points.
Trailing 57-49, the Trojans tried mounting one last comeback bid. Jake Atkins scored nine points in the fourth quarter while Mikyle Franklin netted five points. Homer scored 20 points in the quarter, but fell short at the buzzer.
Ironically, Homer had five players in double figures in the loss. Jarrett Wilbur led the Trojans with 15 points. Atkins finished with 14 points. Franklin and Derek Fickett each netted 12 points while eighth grader Wyatt Wilbur moved up from the JV squad and scored 11 points.
Seton finished with 27 points for Tech Central. McLaughlin added 18 points with Azi Goodrich scoring 12 points and Kytrell Whitley chipping in with 11 points.
Homer will return to OHSL Liberty American Division action Tuesday. The Trojans will make the trip to Mexico for a 6:30 p.m. tip off. The JV contest with start at 5 p.m.
Homer JVs boys ram into a shooting machine as Syracuse Institute of Technology racked up a 74-41 win. The Junior Eagles hit 13 3-pointers and 13 deuces.
Tech Central scored 24 points in the first quarter for an 18 point lead behind Javaughnta Ferguson’s four 3-pointers. Ferguson had six treys for 18 points in the game. The Eagles never looked back. Raquelle Isaac added 19 points to the winning attack.
Izaiah Beard paced Homer with 12 points. Evan Butts chipped in with nine points for the Trojans.