Marauders remain perfect in league play

OBSERVER Photo by Mary Ann Wiberg Dunkirk’s Andre Lockett (10) and Felix Garcia, right, trap a Southwestern player during Tuesday’s CCAA West 1 boys high school basketball game.

Nine different players scored as the Dunkirk Marauders (6-4, 3-0) cruised to a 75-30 victory over the Southwestern Trojans on Tuesday in CCAA West 1 boys high school basketball.

With the win, it sets up a showdown for first place this Friday when the Marauders travel to Chautauqua Lake as both teams are undefeated.

“We played pretty well,” Dunkirk coach Jake O’Brien said. “The scoring was spread out across the board. We wanted to take care of business (Tuesday) and get ready for Friday.”

The Marauder defense shined as it held the Trojans to less than 10 points in each quarter.

“I thought it was a great team effort,” O’Brien said. “We kept our focus on the defensive end. To keep a team under 10 per quarter is something we set out to do and we did a great job doing it. The energy was there (Tuesday).”

OBSERVER Photo by Mary Ann Wiberg Dunkirk’s Jarrett Waclawski prepares to pass the ball during Tuesday’s CCAA West 1 boys high school basketball game.

Tyreek Buchanan-Ruiz and Darnell Butts paced the Dunkirk offense with 11 points each.

The Marauders jumped out to a 17-6 lead after eight minutes and held a comfortable 35-15 halftime advantage. In the third quarter, Dunkirk continued to pour it on, outscoring the Trojans, 22-6.

Tyreek Kristan-Johnson also had 10 points, eight rebounds and three steals while Shamon Stewart had nine rebounds and six assists to go along with his seven points for the winners.

“This is a big week for us with Chautauqua Lake coming up,” O’Brien said. “We wanted to make sure we practiced hard and played hard and play for first place Friday. We are the only two undefeated teams in the league.”