Bess comes through again late as Marauders down Bears, 62-61

FREWSBURG – Michael Bess hit the front-end of a 1-and-1 inside the final minute to give Dunkirk a thrilling 62-61 win over Falconer-Frewsburg (4-5, 8-8) in CCAA West I boys high school basketball Tuesday.

Best made his free throw with about 16 seconds left.

On the second attempt, Dunkirk rebounded and got fouled again with five seconds remaining and had another 1-and-1. The shot was missed, and before anyone could get control of the ball, time expired and the Marauders had their second league win and third of the season.

Josh Nelson sank his fourth 3-pointer with 33 seconds left to tie the game at 61-61 for Falconer-Frewsburg.

Nelson accounted for nine points in the opening eight minutes.

Best made five 3-pointers en route to 23 points for the winners. Esmond Colvin had 10 points, Richard Pickens had nine and Davonte Grayson and Isiah Thomas eight each for Dunkirk.

“We came out flat in the first half,” said Falconer-Frewsburg coach Tom Nelson, whose team trailed at halftime by a 34-27 count.

Mitch Carter had eight of his 15 points in the final stanza for the Golden Bears. Meanwhile, Mike Wilcox hit five 3-pointers en route to 17 points and Nelson wound up with 16 points.

Carter had 11 rebounds, Wilcox six rebounds and Manny Machado five rebounds in the win. Kyle Petersen handed out 10 assists.

CCAA?East II

Forestville 55, Ellicottville 40

ELLICOTTVILLE – The Forestville Hornets (7-8, 6-1) came one step closer to capturing the CCAA East II crown Tuesday with a 55-40 victory over the Ellicottville Eagles (8-7, 5-2).

The Eagles jumped out to a 14-9 lead after the first quarter, but the Hornets stormed back with an 18-4 second-quarter run, which ultimately put the game out of reach.

“We shot 2 for 18 in the second quarter,” Ellicottville coach Dave McCann lamented. “We missed a lot of layups. Every time we missed a shot, they made one.”

The Hornets went on to outscore the Eagles, 28-22 in the second half.

Wayne Hartloff and Caleb Makuch were the key players for the Hornets down low. Hartloff had 15 points and Makuch added 10. The duo also combined for 23 rebounds and nine blocks. Jake Nosbisch also had a stellar game for the winners with 14 points and six steals.

Cam Wilson led Ellicottville with 16 points while Phalla Musall added 15 points and five steals.

CCAA?West II

Cassadaga Valley 42,

Chautauqua Lake 34

SINCLAIRVILLE – Randy Dalaba had a game-high 20 points, as Cassadaga Valley (10-5, 6-3) held on for a 42-34 win over Chautauqua Lake (5-11, 3-7) on Tuesday during CCAA West II boys basketball action.

“Both teams were having a lot of trouble scoring,” Cassadaga Valley head coach Rich Clifford said. “It was a three or four-point game until the end. We hit 11 free throws in the fourth quarter.”

The Cougars jumped out to a 9-2 lead after the first quarter and held a 19-13 lead at halftime. Chautauqua Lake got closer to Cassadaga Valley’s lead in the third quarter after outscoring the Cougars, 10-8. However, Cassadaga Valley was able to increase the 27-23 lead it held heading into the fourth quarter, as the Cougars outscored the Thunderbirds, 15-11, over the game’s final eight minutes.

Cody Johnson had seven points, a team-high 13 rebounds and five blocks while Chase Jones chipped in eight points in the win.

For Chautauqua Lake, Ian Clute had a team-high 16 points to go with his game-high 15 rebounds.

Cassadaga Valley is back in action on Friday when they travel to take on West II foe Clymer. The Thunderbirds return to the court on Friday as well, when they host divisional counterpart Sherman.

Clymer 35, Brocton 29

BROCTON – The Brocton Bulldogs (1-13, 1-8) came close to winning their second game of the season, but three costly turnovers late in the fourth quarter allowed the Clymer Pirates (8-7, 4-5) to escape with a 35-29 victory Tuesday in CCAA West II boys high school basketball.

“It took away possessions for us,” Brocton coach Jeff Franze said of the late turnovers.

After both teams battled to a 6-6 deadlock after the first quarter, the Pirates went on a 13-4 run in the second quarter for a 19-10 halftime lead. However, the Bulldogs battled back to outscore the visitors, 11-5, in the third stanza. The Pirates then outscored Brocton, 11-8, in the fourth quarter for the win.

“It was improved play from some of our players,” Franze said. “We hope to keep it going. It wasn’t a bad game, but we are still looking for offense.”

Clymer received 11 points from Jake Wiggers while Evan Legters had eight rebounds.

Matt Siragusa led Brocton with seven points and Brian Graves pulled down 11 rebounds in defeat.