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Homestead Misses Key Players in Loss to Palmetto

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Posted: Friday, December 7, 2018 8:26 am

Homestead head coach Connie Moore knew his Broncos had a tough challenge ahead in facing Palmetto even if they were at full strength.

Playing without two of the team’s top players made the task insurmountable despite a standout performance from senior forward Terrill Cobbs, who scored a game-high 27 points in a 69-49 loss.

“He plays hard every game,” Moore said. “But the lack of discipline with this team right here—once we get the discipline down and the defense right, we’ll be alright.”

Homestead (2-1) played without senior point guard Alejandro Caula (suspension) and senior center Rahmod Smith (football recruiting visit).

“You had freshman guys in there who are not ready for this level yet, but they gave it a good go,” Moore said.

Senior guard Grevaughn Goodman looked to help pick up the scoring void left behind by Caula and Smith, but scored just four points on 2-of-15 shooting.

Cobbs, a 6-foot-5 lefty, was on early making three shots in the first quarter including a 3-pointer, but the Broncos trailed 19-10.

Palmetto blew the game open in the second outscoring Homestead 21-6 as the Broncos were held to 2-for-14 shooting from the floor as the Panthers took a 40-16 lead into the break.

Homestead, powered by a 15-point quarter by Cobbs, cut the deficit to 44-31 in the third after a dunk by Cobbs.

“That’s usually when they start playing harder,” Moore said.

However, Palmetto continued its surge the rest of the way.

“Too much selfishness,” Moore said.

Palmetto was led by senior guard Jovan Debrito’s 20 points with five 3-pointers while senior forward Alex Rodriguez added 15 points and nine rebounds, senior forward Josmel Martinez scored 13, and junior guard Martin Mercedes had 10 points and six assists.

Cobbs was the only Bronco who scored in double figures as Homestead shot 31.6 percent (18 of 57) from the floor and 47.1 percent (8 of 17) from the free-throw line.

Palmetto shot 49.0 percent (25 of 51) from the field and hit 10 of 13 (76.9 percent) of its free throws.

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