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12-22-03: Homan hits for career-high


Led by a career-high 32 points from senior swingman Tim Homan, Celina was able to move to 4-1 on the season with a convincing 69-45 win over Greenville Saturday night at the Fieldhouse.
Celina led just 22-19 with 6:29 left in the second quarter, but with Homan blistering the nets for 25 first-half points it wasn’t long before the ’Dogs took full control before the break.
The Bulldogs finished the half with a 19-3 run to take a commanding 41-22 halftime lead.
Homan scored 12 of the Bulldogs’ points during that crucial run, and finished the first half by draining 10 of his 12 shots from the field.
“The guys did a nice job finding him, he shot the ball real well, he’s a very good shooter and if you leave him open he’s going to knock them down,” said Celina coach Mike Kanney. “I thought we came out a little flat after last night, once we got ourselves established defensively it helped our offense, and everyone got involved and it was a good night.”
The Bulldogs defense forced 23 Greenville turnovers and once the ’Dogs got them flustered, the Wave abandoned what had been an effective offense early on.
“I thought our kids sort of got out of our offense, we started doing too much one pass and a little bit too much one-on-one individual stuff,” said Greenville coach Brian Stickel. “I told the kids when we ran the offense we got decent shots, but when we started making one pass I think that hurt us.”
With the game appearing secure for the Bulldogs, the storyline at the half was Homan as he was well on pace to break a number of Celina single game scoring and field goal marks including the single game mark of 41 points set by Mike Hoyng against Dayton Roth in 1981.
Unfortunately, the Bulldogs were playing too well for those marks to be reached, and with Celina’s lead extending to as much as 28 points, Homan and the rest of the starters were used sparingly in the second half.
Homan didn’t appear to care much about records after the game, but he did say breaking 30 points was a goal he wanted to achieve this season.
“It means a lot personally, last year I had 25 a couple times but I could never get to that next level. This year I finally got there and it means a lot to me,” Homan said.
Homan displayed a stellar outside shooting touch on Saturday night, as he connected on 5-of-7 shots from behind the three-point arc.
“First couple threes I just kept shooting, they continued to fall all night and I think I only missed two. Couple of shots I didn’t think had a chance and they went in also. Guys looked to screen for me quite a bit, and I was getting open pretty easy,” Homan said.
“He’s a tremendous ball player and a tremendous shooter, I told the kids we got to get to him, but he has the ability to drive too, so you can’t really give him much room,” Stickel said. “Good ball player, and one of the better kids we’re going to face this year.”
Brian Gagle also had a tremendous first half for Celina, with six points, five rebounds and a pair of steals.
Greenville was never able to challenge in the second half, and Celina was able to get contributions from a variety of players, as nine Bulldogs reached the scoring column.
“In the second half the kids came out and played real hard, and it was just a good team win,” Kanney said.
Dane Brinley led Greenville with 10 points.
The Bulldogs inside tandem of Scott Boley and Adam Tindall played well, as Boley finished with nine points and five rebounds while Tindall added seven points and five boards of his own.
Celina returns to action Monday January 6 in the HALLiday tournament against Springfield North.


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