OBSERVER Staff Report
Sometimes a basketball game comes down to free throws.
That was the case Monday night as the Southwestern Trojans were 20 of 22 from the foul line while Dunkirk (1-4, 1-1) was just 10 of 14 in their CCAA Division 1 boys high school basketball game.
OBSERVER?Photo by Courtney Gfroerer
Dunkirk’s Alex Crossan drives past a Southwestern defender during Monday’s CCAA?Division 1 boys high school basketball game.
The end result was a 62-57 victory in favor of the Trojans.
"That tells the story right there," Dunkirk coach Jerome Moss said.
Also aiding the Trojans in their victory was the 32-point performance by Alex Peck and 19 more points from Kyle Radack.
Peck and Radack's performance overshadowed Dunkirk's Alex Crossan's performance as he finished with a team-high 25 points.
"He played a very good game," Moss said of Peck. "He was their main scorer and their go-to guy. I have heard things about him. I knew he was a good player. He had opportunities and took advantage. He did a good job of that.
"He did a good job keeping us in the game," Moss added of Crossan. "He played his heart out. He fouled out with four minutes to go. That was a crucial part. He was on a roll and we weren't able to match them at the end."
Crossan also finished with 12 rebounds while Jacob Lockett pulled down eight boards.
The first half was not kind to Dunkirk as it fell behind 38-23 at halftime, highlighted by a 23-13 second-quarter run by the visitors.
"The second quarter was a bad quarter for us" Moss said. They built a nice lead, but we came storming back."
Moss was referring to the third quarter where he saw his team go on a 22-6 run to tie the score 45-all going into the final eight minutes.
"We tied it up a couple times," Moss noted. "Down the stretch, it came down to hitting key buckets. They made some shots and we couldn't match them. It was a good, hard-fought basketball game. Both teams played extremely hard right to the end. I was proud we kept playing. There were a couple missed buckets that we really needed and that was the difference. We will learn from this one and get ready for Fredonia on Wednesday."