Beachy powers M's to romp over Seward
SEWARD - Jordan Beachy knocked down five three-pointers and Charles Rohr spearheaded a stingy press defense on Saturday and helped carry the Homer Mariners to a clutch 41-32 victory over the Seward Seahawks in Southcentral Conference action.
With the victory, Homer improved to 7-6 for the season.
"I thought we played decent, but there's no doubt we could have played better. The middle was there but we just didn't get it (ball) in. The press gave us a little energy there in the second half," said Beachy. "That helped get us into a rhythm."
Rohr gave Homer's offense a boost early on against Seward. After Seward's Zen Petrosius had given the Seahawks a quick lead, Rohr took the air out of the large crowd in the SHS gym by draining a go-ahead three-point shot from the wing. Joel Carroll followed with a running floater that upped the Mariner lead to 5-2.
Beachy was far from through. After Seward had fought its way back to within 9-6, the Homer junior pushed home the first of his treys to put the Mariners up by six, at 12-6, with 37 seconds left in the first.
Patrosius helped Seward rally in the second. The 6-foot-5 forward scored six points in the frame and keyed an 11-8 spree that pulled the Seahawks to within 20-19 at the half.
Beachy tallied all eight of the Mariners' eight points in the third, including a three-point shot from the corner that squelched an early SHS run that had tied the game at 15-15 with 3:34 left in the half.
The Mariner press defense began taking its toll in the third. Homer outscored Seward by a 15-7 clip in the frame and stretched its lead to as large at 10 points, at 35-25.
Petrosius managed to score a bucket in the closing seconds to pull Seward to within eight, at 35-27, at the start of the fourth.
Beachy all but sealed the Homer's win midway through the final frame when he tossed up his fifth trey, a shot from the wing that pushed The M's lead to 38-28.
Homer's weekend didn't get off to a rousing start. The Mariners suffered a 61-35 setback to Grace Christian on Friday in Anchorage.
Homer will travel to Niksiki on Feb. 3.