Homer JV's rally falls short
SEWARD - The Homer Mariners staged a torrid third-quarter barrage on Saturday and threatened to steal a hard-fought victory over the Seward Seahawks. The Mariners reeled off 16 points in the first 6:30 of the third quarter and rallied to within one, at 33-32. Moments later, Clayton Beachy strode to the free throw line and buried the front end of a one-and-one situation to tie the game at 33-33 with 20 seconds left in the third.
Unfortunately for the Mariners, Seward freshman John Moriarty sank a three-point shot from the corner seconds later and enabled the Seahawks to take a slim 36-33 lead into the fourth.
The Mariner offense went cold from there. Seward managed to grind out just five baskets in the final eight minutes of play and dropped a 50-43 decision.
Despite the loss, Homer picked up solid play from Beachy, Parker Downely, River Mann and Ethan Anderson. Beachy scored six of Homer's 17 points in the third and finished as the Mariners' top scorer.
Homer grabbed the lead in the contest early, scoring the first four points before the Seahawks rallied back with a 10-2 run over the final four minutes of the first quarter.
Seward held a 22-16 cushion at the half.