Huskies shows why they are No. 1 with win over Hillbillies

The Olean Huskies (8-0) proved why they are the No. 1 team in the state Friday night with an impressive 94-48 victory over the Fredonia Hillbillies (6-2, 9-4) in CCAA Division 1 boys high school basketball.

The Huskies jumped out to a quick 28-6 first-quarter lead and made the score 51-23 by halftime.

“We just didn’t come out ready to play,” Fredonia coach Greg Lauer lamented. “We weren’t ready to play the way we are capable of. They are the No. 1 team in the state and you have to be ready to play against them. We are having a fantastic year so far and we expected to compete and we just didn’t do it tonight. The kids are certainly frustrated in themselves.”

The visitors did not let up in the third quarter as Olean outscored Fredonia 27-9.

Sam Eckstrom led the charge for the Huskies with 24 points while Wil Bathurst added 21 points. Pat Scola and Max Portlow added 14 and 12, respectively.

John Piper led the Hillbillies with 15 points while Dylan Meyer had 10 points. Nick Johnston finished with 10 in a losing effort.

Southwestern 52, Dunkirk 40

JAMESTOWN – Peter Trathen saved his best for the last period when Southwestern really needed him in order to pull off a win over Dunkirk in Division 1 boys basketball Friday night.

Trathen scored seven of his 11 points in the fourth quarter when the Trojans tallied the last 14 points to defeat Dunkirk, 52-40.

Dunkirk recorded the first four points of the fourth stanza to take a 40-38 lead, but went scoreless for about the last six minutes as Trathen took over.

The Trojans were able to survive an injury to Alek Peck with a dislocated finger in the third period. Dunkirk immediately switched its defense from zone to man-to-man with Peck out.

“It was a very good game,” Dunkirk coach Jerome Moss said. “We got into foul trouble that ended up being the tale of the game. They hit foul shots and pulled it out. It was two teams very evenly matched. They got up and down the court very well and they pulled it off.”

Kyle Radack scored 19 points to lead the Trojans (5-3, 8-5). Peck connected for 16 points before being sidelined the rest of the game with a finger injury.

Jake Lockett netted 12 points, Mike Bess added 10 while Alex Crossan was limited to eight after scoring 23 in the previous meeting, which was won by Southwestern, 62-57.

Peck and Kyle Moran brought down six rebounds apiece as the Trojans grabbed 32 rebounds overall.