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12-30-03: Homan carries Bulldogs to finals


Incredible finishes in the first two games of the 23rd Annual HALLiday Shootout left the fans begging for more as Celina and Bryan will play tonight for the holiday tournament title.
Celina’s Tim Homan scored 30 points, including a three-point play late to give the Bulldogs a 56-54 win over Springfield North while Bryan’s Chris Carpenter, who scored 25 points, drilled a buzzer-beating three-pointer to lift the Golden Bears past Grandview Heights, 41-38.
The Bulldogs (5-1) will meet Bryan tonight at approximately 7:45 p.m. in the championship game while Springfield North (5-1) will meet Grandview Heights in the consolation contest at 6 p.m.
“It was just a great couple of games tonight,” said Celina head coach Mike Kanney. “Our kids were able to execute down the stretch and we were able to come away with a win against a very good team.”
Homan is the two-time defending tournament Most Valuable Player and he’s got to be the front-runner to make it three in a row heading into tonight’s action after the game-winner against Springfield North.
It was a back-and-forth affair all evening and Springfield North held a 54-51 lead following two free throws from Tryvan Leech with 31.4 seconds to go in the game.
Celina’s Eric Klosterman found himself open under the basket and Joe Kanney made a nice pass finding him for his only field goal of the contest pulling the Bulldogs to within one point at 54-53 with 19 seconds to play in the contest.
Springfield North’s E.J. McCockman, who scored 11 points in the contest, missed the front-end of a one-and-one opportunity with 14 seconds in the game and Celina drew up the final play with 6.3 seconds to play after a foul stopped the action.
Celina’s Scott Boley took the ball out of bounds and was looking for the hot hand from Homan who curled off a perfect screen from a teammate and hit a difficult jumper off the glass while getting fouled giving the Bulldogs the lead late.
“They had two guys waiting for me on top, but I rubbed off a good screen and went to the basket and Scott found me open,” said Homan. “It all happened so quick that all I remember is getting a tingling feeling from the crowds reaction.”
“I threw the pass a little behind Tim but he made a good catch and made a great shot to win it,” said Boley, who finished the game with six points. “We got a good screen and Tim came open off of it and made an athletic play. When he gets hot like he was tonight, all we have to do is get him open and he’ll do the rest.”
Homan hit the free throw putting Celina on top 56-54 with 4.6 seconds to play in the game.
Gagle stole the ensuing inbounds pass and had a chance to tack on a couple of points off of free throws but the senior guard missed the one-and-one opportunity.
Leech grabbed the rebound and pushed the ball quickly up the floor but turned the ball over at midcourt ending any threat.
Homan’s game-high 30 points came on 11-of-15 shooting from the field and five-of-five from the charity stripe. It’s the second 30-point game of the season for Homan who’s averaging 24.7 ppg. this year.
“I’ve been coming in early and doing a lot of shooting and I think that it has helped me out a lot,” said the Hillsdale-bound Bulldogs standout. “l was feeling pretty good tonight.”
Leech led Springfield North with 15 points while Chris Jones netted 14 points.


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