WESTFIELD - Despite Michael Bess' best effort at the varsity level, the Dunkirk Marauders (0-3) couldn't overcome a 16-0 run by the Westfield Wolverines (3-1) to start the game, as the home team prevailed, 76-70, in non-league boys basketball action Tuesday night.
Bess finished with a game-high 42 points - 24 of which came on eight 3-pointers - to go with 10 rebounds, but it wasn't enough as the Marauders were unable to earn their first win of the 2013-14 campaign.
"(Tuesday) we pressed (Dunkirk)," Westfield head coach Bob North noted, as compared to how his team played last Tuesday in the Wolverines' 57-46 win over the Marauders. "And Bess got more opportunities in the open floor and we didn't find him. And even when we did find him, he hit shots with a hand in his face."
The Wolverines went up 18-8 after the first quarter, before heading into the break up 41-32, were led by Tanner Dahl, who finished with a team-high 27 points while adding six rebounds and four assists.
"I was pleased we did win this type of game," North said. "We were up 16-0 in the first quarter, then (Dunkirk) made a nice comeback."
The Wolverines outscored the Marauders, 21-19, in the third quarter, but were outscored 19-14 over the final eight minutes for the 76-70 final.
"Our decision making was good early," North said. "But when the game got close, we forced some drives, made some bad passes and let (Dunkirk) back in the game."
Liam Tennies added 16 points for Westfield in the win while Trevor North chipped in 13 points.
"I was real pleased with Trevor," North said. "He had been struggling a little bit and he hit some big shots for us. I thought he and Ty Bentham, our two sophomores, played real well for us."
Esmond Colvin contributed 12 points and 20 rebounds for Dunkirk while teammate Tyler Kubasik added eight points and 11 rebounds in the loss.
Riverside 55, Chautauqua Lake 38
MAYVILLE - The Chautauqua Lake Thunderbirds opened their season Tuesday with a tough non-league contest against perennial power Riverside.
Riverside's inability to make free throws kept the game close, as it defeated the Thunderbirds, 55-38, in boys high school basketball action.
The Frontiers were a miserable 12-of-36 from the charity stripe. They took a 16-11 lead after the first quarter and increased the margin, 31-16 by halftime.
"We couldn't score," Chautauqua Lake coach Michael Putney said. "It was first-game jitters. I wanted to schedule something strong. We got a good taste of playing good competition."
The Thunderbirds played Riverside bucket for bucket in the second half as they were outscored 24-22.
Ian Clute led Chautauqua Lake with 12 points and 16 rebounds.
"Ian was very solid," Putney said. "He is one who can break out for a lot of points. I look for good things down the road."
Chautauqua Lake returns to action Thursday in the first game of the Pine Valley Tournament.