Dunkirk basketball comes from behind to down Clev. Hill in OT

LANCASTER — The Dunkirk Marauders boy’s basketball team rebounded in a big way on Friday night, beating Cleveland Hill in overtime at the Lancaster kickoff tournament, 57-52.

Dunkirk’s Earl Stewart drilled a deep three point basket as time expired in regulation to send the game to overtime and keep the Marauders alive. From there, Dunkirk rolled to victory in overtime.

“It was a heck of a game,” said Dunkirk’s assistant coach Joe Pucciarelli. “We played our best in the fourth quarter and overtime.”

Dunkirk came out aggressively in the first quarter but were silenced by the hot shooting of Cleveland Hill’s Jayden Krueger, who finished the came with 19 points.

“We came out pretty aggressively,” said Pucciarelli. “Kruger got us early with the four threes which put them up.”

A back and forth game left the score at 23-20 in favor of Cleveland Hill.

The third quarter came out and Dunkirk’s Tywon Wright took over. Wright scored 10 points in the quarter, which put the Marauders up after three quarters.

Dunkirk went cold to start the fourth and were down five points with a little under three minutes to play in the game. Despite Krueger’s ten points in the quarter, Stewart was able to bury the three to send the gave to overtime, giving Dunkirk all the momentum, which they rode in overtime outscoring Cleveland Hill 11-2 in the frame.

Stewart finished with 24 points for the Marauders while Wright had 20 points and 15 rebounds. Ennuel Barreto added ten for the winners.

“We took care of the ball and stayed together in the second half,” said Pucciarelli. “It was nice to see them gel and build off one another.”

Dunkirk (1-1) will return to action Wednesday when they face Westfield.

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