Marauders win consolation game at Harbor Creek

HARBOR CREEK, Pa. — The Dunkirk Marauders walked away from the Harbor Creek Holiday Tournament with one win as they defeated Niagara Catholic, 65-49, Wednesday in the tournament’s consolation game.

After a strong start, the Marauders had a rough second quarter, as they were outscored, 19-7, to trail, 29-26 at halftime.

However, Dunkirk got back in track in the second half with an 18-8 third-quarter run and an 18-8 advantage in the final frame.

“We played pretty well in the first quarter, but came out in the second and didn’t play the way we needed,” Dunkirk coach Jack O’Brien said.  “Eventually we got into a groove and were able to do the thing we want to do. It was a nice win. We fought through some adversity at certain points of the game and hopefully a win like this can give us the momentum we need moving forward.”

Darnell Butts found his offensive groove with 19 points while Evon Hernandez and Devaun Farnham each had 11 points in the win.

Butts also had 11 rebounds.

Frewsburg Holiday Tournament

Consolation Game

PINE VALLEY 43,

BROCTON 37

FREWSBURG — The Pine Valley Panthers held off the pesky Brocton Bulldogs, 43-37, Wednesday in the consolation game of the Frewsburg Holiday Tournament in boys high school basketball action.

The two teams battled to a 10-10 tie after eight minutes and a 15-all deadlock at halftime.

Both teams connected on 15 baskets in the game, with the difference being Pine Valley’s 9-for-15 effort at the free throw line, compared to Brocton’s 2-for-4 showing.

The Panthers outscored the Bulldogs, 13-12 in the third quarter and 15-10 in the final eight minutes for the win.

“We kept attacking the basket,” Pine Valley coach David Pihlblad said. “We couldn’t make a shot. We kept pounding it inside. We got to the foul line and hit those which is something we haven’t done too well. Brocton played good defense and forced us to take bad shots.”

Pine Valley shot just 26 percent, including 4-for-24 from 3-point range.

Dylan Chase led the Panthers with 20 points, six steals, three assists and as many rebounds. Gilberto Ortiz pulled down 11 rebounds in the win.

For Brocton, Johnethen Spicer had 16 points and 11 rebounds while Charles Rexford had five points, seven rebounds and five steals.

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