Dunkirk, Fredonia boys out of hoops playoffs

MEDINA — The No. 6-seeded Dunkirk Marauders fell to No. 3 Medina, 67-60, in the quarterfinals of the boys basketball Section 6 Class B1 sectionals on Friday night.

The game was a two point game with just over a minute to go, but Medina pulled away at the end after a bucket by leading scorer Jalin Cooper with under a minute left, followed by three free throws at the end. Dunkirk was held scoreless in the final minute.

Dunkirk trailed by only two points after the first quarter, by eight at halftime, and even came back to take a lead in the third quarter.

Dunkirk’s leading scorers were Devaun Farnham, Darnell Butts and Tyrese Kristan-Johnson. Farnham finished with 18 points, while Butts had 17 and Kristan-Johnson had 14.

Although scoreless on the stat sheet, Jaziah Rivera played a big role for Dunkirk on Friday, especially on the defensive end.

“Jazzy Rivera did a phenomenal job,” said Dunkirk coach Andrew Krenzer.

Krenzer previously said that the key would be stopping the Medina big guys, highlighted by Cooper. The 6-foot-4 forward who averaged over 20 points per game coming into the matchup, surpassed his average in a big way. Cooper had a game-high 28 points, while Izaiah Rhim had 12 and Brendan Luthart had 11.

“(Cooper) was pretty unstoppable,” said Krenzer.

Dunkirk finishes the season with a record of 15-7, while falling just shy of the Class B1 final four at Buffalo State in Krenzer’s first season at the helm of the Marauders.

“I’m really proud of this group,” said Krenzer. “They set a high bar for the rest of these Dunkirk kids.”

NEWFANE 66, FREDONIA 41

NEWFANE — The Fredonia Hillbillies boys basketball team (7-15) saw their season end Friday night with a 66-41 loss to No. 4 seed Newfane in a Section 6 Class B1 quarterfinal.

Fredonia — seeded 13th, and upset victor in two playoff games earlier in the week — got 12 points from both Reid Tarnowski and Brendan Plaister, while Brayden Myers contributed 11 points.

“After the first quarter we were down three, 14-11. We didn’t take advantage of some pretty good defense we were playing,” Fredonia coach Greg Lauer said. “We were missing a lot of shots early. They shot the ball extremely well from three, I think they hit 10 threes in total in the game.”

The Hillbillies were down 10 at halftime, and Newfane extended the lead in the third quarter. “They came out and hit some big shots, went up 15 and we just couldn’t come back,” Lauer said.

Kyle deVoogel had 18 points, Max Weber 14, and Brandon Gross 10 for Newfane (16-5).

“I just want to say that this group of seniors did a great job in terms of being competitive no matter what our record was,” Lauer concluded. “They made this last week, being able to get a couple upsets this week, extremely fun for everyone involved. They went out on a positive note.”

MIDDLE EARLY 72, GOWANDA 67

BUFFALO — The Gowanda Panthers lost a tight Section 6 Class B2 boys basketball playoff contest Friday, falling to top-seeded Middle Early College in a quarterfinal at Bennett High School.

No. 8-seeded Gowanda (15-7) received 26 points and 10 rebounds from Nate Brawdy and 17 points and 10 rebounds from Ture Hassler.

The visiting Panthers held a 30-25 halftime lead, but Middle Early’s hot shooting did them in.

“We were tied with them in the third quarter and they hit back-to-back threes. That was a backbreaker,” Gowanda coach Rob Catalino said. “They were 13-for-27 from three point range, which is what we wanted them to do, but didn’t think they’d shoot that well. We worked well to keep them out of the paint … but they were hot. Some of them were contested, they were just knocking them in.”

No statistics were reported for Middle Early (16-5).

SHERMAN 68, WESTFIELD 53

SHERMAN — Jared Gleason might have had his finest all-around performance of his varsity career for Sherman in the Section 6 Class D basketball quarterfinals on Friday night.

Gleason netted 23 points, grabbed 19 rebounds, had six steals and four assists to lead the Wildcats to a 68-53 win over Westfield to advance to Tuesday’s semifinals against Franklinville at 7:45 p.m at Jamestown Community College.

Gleason scored 12 points in Sherman’s 22-11 fourth quarter to wrap up the victory. In the second half, Sherman outscored Westfield, 43-28.

Mike Beatman scored 15 points and had four steals while Tanner Ramsay added 12 points in the victory. Chance Meeder had five rebounds and Cam Ayers added four steals for the winners.

Evan Hauser scored 14 points and Andrew Baribeau added 12 for Westfield.

BUFFALO EAST 79, FORESTVILLE 34

BUFFALO — The No. 9-seeded Forestville Hornets got knocked out of the Section 6 Class D boys basketball playoffs Friday, defeated by top-seeded Buffalo East at Bennett High School. No other information on the game was supplied to the OBSERVER.

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