Dunkirk to host basketball tourney

Dunkirk High School will be hosting the DHS Spring Basketball Tournament Friday and Saturday in its main and auxiliary gymnasiums.

The tournament will involve 14 teams (10 varsity and four jayvee) and will be a five-on-five format.

Dunkirk was not the original site for the tournament, but when the original venue became unavailable, Dunkirk varsity head coach Jerome Moss stepped in to keep the tournament from being canceled.

“Southwestern did it for the last two years and they weren’t able to do it,” Moss said. “And we wanted to keep it going. Fredonia was going to do it, but they weren’t able to do it, so I picked up the ball.”

Aside from keeping the tournament going, Moss saw hosting the tournament as an opportunity to showcase high school basketball in the northern end of Chautauqua County.

“We never have anything up here in (northern Chautauqua County),” Moss added. “So it’s nice to have something up here. Hopefully people enjoy it and we can keep it going.”

It will begin at 5 p.m. Friday night with Fredonia playing Silver Creek in the main gym and Dunkirk II playing Chautauqua Lake in the auxiliary gym. At 6 p.m., Clymer will take on Portville in the main gym while Fredonia’s first jayvee team will square off against Clymer’s jayvees in the auxiliary gym. Dunkirk I will take on Pioneer at 7 p.m. in the main gym while Clymer’s jayvees will take on Fredonia’s second jayvee team in the auxiliary gym. The night will conclude with Chautauqua Lake taking on Maple Grove in the main gym and Fredonia’s first jayvee team battling its second jayvee team in the auxiliary gym. Both games are scheduled to tip-off at 8 p.m.

Games will begin at 9 a.m. on Saturday with the schedule in the main gym as follows: Dunkirk II vs. Forestville; Chautauqua Lake vs. Forestville, 10 a.m.; Silver Creek vs. Pioneer, 11 a.m..; Dunkirk I vs. Maple Grove, noon; Silver Creek vs. Portville, 1 p.m.; Fredonia vs. Pioneer, 2 p.m.; Dunkirk I vs. Portville, 3 p.m.; Fredonia vs. Maple Grove, 4 p.m.

In the auxiliary gym, Clymer’s jayvees will play Dunkirk’s jayvees at 9 a.m. and will be followed by: Dunkirk II vs. Clymer, 10 a.m.; Fredonia jayvees I vs. Dunkirk jayvees, 11 a.m.; Dunkirk jayvees vs. Fredonia jayvees II, noon; Clymer vs. Forestville, 1 p.m.

Playoff games will begin for the jayvee teams at 2 p.m. in the auxiliary gym with the top seed facing the fourth seed. The Nos. 2 and 3 seeds will play at 3 p.m., with the championship game to follow at 4 p.m.

The varsity teams will begin their playoff rounds at 5 p.m., with No. 1 taking on No. 4 in the main gym and No. 3 taking on No. 4 in the auxiliary gym. The championship game is scheduled to be played at 6 p.m., in the main gym.