Second-half woes doom Dunkirk in loss to MG

OBSERVER

Staff Report

As has been the case all season, the Dunkirk Marauders played well at times, but could not put together a complete game in a 61-37 defeat to Maple Grove on Monday in CCAA West I boys high school basketball.

The Marauders played Maple Grove tough in the first half as the two teams battled to a 22-all deadlock at intermission.

However, in the second half, it was all Maple Grove as the visitors were led by Corey Wefing and Graham Soffel, who each finished with 25 points.

“I thought where they killed us was the offensive rebounds,” Dunkirk coach Steve O’Brien said. “We went to a zone to keep them off the boards, but they outworked us. They had a streak where they outscored us 16-4. They hit one 3-pointer and one foul shot. The other 12 points were off of offensive rebounds. We were outhustled.”

The Red Dragons used that 16-4 run in the third quarter to build a 42-30 lead heading into the final frame. There, the visitors outscored Dunkirk, 19-7, to leave with the victory.

“We always have had good quarters and halves,” O’Brien said. “We can’t put four quarters and two halves together. Once we do that, I feel we can compete with anybody.”

A bright spot for the Marauders on Monday was the play of Isiah Thomas, who scored a season-high 15 points and pulled down 14 rebounds.

“He played real good defense, too,” O’Brien noted. “He was getting good rebounds and he attacked the iron. He had a huge dunk for us. I thought that would give us some momentum, but that’s when they went on that 16-4 run. Our kids give me a heck of an effort. We need to minimize the turnovers. We will get there.”

Esmond Colvin and Michael Bess each had six points in a losing effort.

Things don’t get any easier for the Marauders as they host Olean on Friday.

Silver Creek 87, Falconer-Frewsburg 54

SILVER CREEK – The Silver Creek Black Knights’ offense stole the show Monday night in a 87-54 win over Falconer-Frewsburg in a CCAA West I boys basketball matchup.

“We got back to the style we like to play,” Silver Creek coach Rob Genco said. “(We play) unselfish and like to have success, but take no credit. It’s been a tough sell to these guys this year. But I feel like we’re turning the corner. We’ve had a high level of focus in practice and are doing all the right things. Now we don’t play until Friday and this is the first time in a month that we have had three days of practice in a row. It’s going to be a productive week.”

Silver Creek had four players in double digits with Kaine Kettle’s 24 points leading the way. Brennan White contributed 17 points and Billy Brooks recorded a double-double with 15 points and 11 rebounds. Sherman Williams dished out 10 assists in the win.

Josh Nelson scored a team-high 14 points for Falconer-Frewsburg while teammate Derek Smith added 13 in the loss.

Silver Creek will host Southwestern on Friday.