DEPEW - For the second straight season, the Dunkirk (7-13) boys varsity basketball team saw its season come to an end at the hands of Depew (12-7). Unlike last year, the No. 7 Wildcats were the favorite in their Section 6 Class B-1 matchup, taking the prequarterfinal matchup over the No. 10 Marauders, 63-36.
The teams played to a 15-all tie after the first quarter, before the Wildcats exploded for 22 points in the second, building a 37-23 lead at the break. A 21-3 edge in the third quarter put the game away, as Depew finished scoring just five points in the fourth quarter to Dunkirk's 10.
"We came out strong," Dunkirk head coach Jerome Moss said. "And the score was tied at the end of the first quarter, but we couldn't hit a basket in the second and third (quarters) and the guys kind of lost their confidence. It was hard to come back from that."
For the Marauders, Alex Crossan and Jacob Lockett each scored 11 points while Michael Bess chipped in eight points.
"We're going to miss Alex (Crossan), Jacob (Lockett) and Marquel (Ruiz)," Moss said of his seniors. "Those guys did the bulk of our scoring this year and we'll be looking for people to step up and take their place."
Despite a losing season after going 35-4 over the previous two, Moss is confident his team will be able to bounce back next year.
"I think we've got some good jayvee players coming up," Moss said. "And with a good preseason workout, we'll be in really good shape. We've got some good size and quickness coming. And with the guys coming back, I think we'll be alright."
Depew advances to take on No. 2 Lackawanna (15-3) in Friday night's quarterfinal action.