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02-14-04: Homan reaches career milestone

Celina grabs early lead and rolls to win

DEFIANCE — It was a workman like effort for Celina in Western Buckeye League action on Friday night, as the Green and White handled Defiance by a final score of 69-45.

Celina Boys All-Time 1,000-point Scorers

Jay VanderHorst
Mike Reichert
Tim Homan

Homan needs to average 24.7 points per game during the regular season to move into second place all-time at Celina. Homan is currently averaging 19.9 ppg. on the season.

Celina took control of the game early, and after a 20-7 first quarter the the Mercer County Bulldogs were never threatened again.
Last night will most likely be more remembered, though, for a career milestone for Bulldog standout Tim Homan.
Homan entered the game only needing four points to become the third Celina player in history to crack the magical 1,000-point barrier, and it didn’t take him long to accomplish that feat.
He started Celina’s scoring with a three-point bucket and moments later he connected on another triple with 4:50 remaining in the opening quarter for points 1,000 and 1,001.
“I’m real happy for him, we talked about in there (locker room) that it takes more than one guy to score a 1,000 points, his teammates do a lot to get him open and get him the ball,” said Celina coach Mike Kanney. “In the years that he’s played for us he’s done a nice job and I’m real happy for him.”
Homan was also quick to give credit to his teammates on his milestone evening.
“Ever since my sophomore year and scoring around 300 points I kind of thought it might be a possibility later on, and tonight it finally happenend,” Homan said. “I have to credit my teammates, they’re a big part of this, and it was a fun night.”
The Celina fans were obviously aware of the evenings events, and when the senior standout drained his second three-pointer he was quickly given a standing ovation from the visiting faithful.
There was only a small fraction of the Celina crowd that was slightly disappointed with how Homan scored his 1,000th point.
“Everybody (on the team) wanted me to do it on a dunk, but that obviously wasn’t planned out,” Homan said with a laugh.
As for the game, Defiance pulled to within 20-10 on a L.J. Helton three-pointer to start the second quarter, but Celina answered with a quick 9-0 run to essentially put the game away.
Celina led 36-15 at the break behind the strength of 50-percent shooting, and Homan led all scorers at that time with 13 points to go with seven rebounds.
Helton led the home team with 10 at the half, and was the only Defiance player to score in a 16-8 second quarter in favor of Celina.
In fact, the last bucket by any Defiance player besides Helton was a Julian Bostleman inside score with 5:11 to play in the first quarter. Celina held Defiance to 6-of-24 shooting in the first half.
“They played well defensively and we didn’t do a good job screening,” said first-year Defiance coach Kirk Lehman. “Other than L.J., we didn’t do a lot offensively.”
Helton led all scorers with 22 points, and Graham Wagner was the only other Defiance player to reach double figures with 11 points.
Celina continued to shoot the ball effectively in the second half, as it outscored Defiance 33-30 in the final 16 minutes.
The Green and White finished by making 56 percent (28-of-50) of their shots, including 9-of-17 from behind the three-point arc.
“It was nice to see guys step up and make shots. Early on against their zone we were patient and we got the ball inside and scored then we were able to hit some perimeter shots,” Kanney said. “I thought that was the difference in the game, they had to go man and we were able to get into our sets.”
Homan finished with 17 points and eight rebounds for Celina, while Adam Tindall added 13 points and five rebounds. Scott Boley was the third Bulldog to reach double figures scoring with 10 to go with six rebounds.
Celina returns to action tonight when it hosts Lima Central Catholic.


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