The Homer boys basketball team struggled from the opening tip Monday night, falling to Chittenango 83-23 at Homer High School.
“We got our butts kicked. It happens,” Homer head coach Rex Ryan said. “Sometimes the day just isn’t your’s and today was that. The ball didn’t fall.”
Chittenango used a pressure 3-2 zone to make sure Homer didn’t get into any sort of offensive flow, stretching it out the length of the floor and trapping every Trojan that touched the ball. The Bears only ran the zone for the first half, but that was all they needed to break the game wide open. Chittenango led 26-10 after a quarter and 51-16 at the half.
The Bears got balanced scoring all night, with four players going into double figures. Ryan and Alex Moesch both had over 10 points in the first half, with Ryan Moesch leading the way with 15 points. He ended with a game-high 18, including four threes.
Homer wasn’t able to hit shots when they got them, which led to a lot of Chittenango fast breaks. The Trojans also struggled rebounding, giving up second-, third- and even fourth-chance shots on many Chittenango possessions.
Homer’s young players were no match for the Bears’ veteran roster. Ryan acknowledged that and knows that they have work to do before the two teams meet again on Jan. 7 at Chittenango.
“They’re a really good team,” Ryan said. “At least we have something to look forward to. We see them again, so hopefully we can just make improvements.”
For Homer to continue developing as a team, they need to learn to play through tough situations, according to Ryan.
“You’ve got to show up every game,” Ryan said. “You can’t take things for granted. When adversity does hit you in the face, you’ve got to keep fighting. You can’t just back down when you’re losing a game big. You’ve got to keep playing.”
The Trojans’ leading scorer was Wyatt Wilbur, who had 10 points. Evan Butts (4), Troy Tinkham (3), Max Franco (3), Jon Barnes (2) and Reid Partis (1) also scored for Homer.
The Trojans’ next game is at 1 p.m. Dec. 29 at Fowler. For the young team, it’s important to put a game like that in the rearview mirror while still trying to grow.
“I’d rather have this now; we’re only a quarter of the way through the season,” Ryan said. “I’d rather have this happen now than later on in the year. Luckily for us, we’ve got a little bit of a break now and we have two winnable games coming up. We’ve got to learn from it and focus on playing better defense and rebounding.”
MORAVIA 62, TIOGA 30
Chloe Hanson led Moravia with 10 points and six rebounds as the Blue Devils won their fifth game in a row. Allison Kehoe also scored 10 points, while Kate Baylor added nine points, three assists and two blocks.
Cortland at Fowler, 6:45 p.m.
DeRuyter at Cincinnatus, 7 p.m.
Candor at Marathon, TBD (JV game starts at 6 p.m.)
Brookfield at McGraw, 7 p.m.
Elmira Notre Dame at Dryden, 7:30 p.m.
Groton at Newfield, 7 p.m.
Dryden at Elmira Notre Dame, 7:30 p.m.
Marathon at Candor, 7:30 p.m.
Newfield at Groton, 5:30 p.m.
Fabius-Pompey at Tully, 7 p.m.
Cortland/Homer at Whitesboro, 7 p.m.
Faith heritage at Tully, 6 p.m.
Marathon at Newark Valley, 6 p.m.
Elmira Heights at Moravia, 6 p.m.
Auburn at Cortland, 3:30 p.m.
Marathon at McGraw, 4 p.m. (Boys only)
BOYS SWIMMING & DIVING
Watking Glen at Dryden, 5:15 p.m.