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Ennis reunites with CIA Bounce alum Pierre

By Rodney McKissic

It will be a reunion of sorts for Syracuse point guard Tyler Ennis and Dayton sophomore forward Dyshawn Pierre, who were teammates with the Canadian-based AAU program CIA Bounce.

Both are coming off strong performances in their second round matchups on Thursday. In his first NCAA Tournament game, Ennis helped the Orange easily dispatch Western Michigan, 77-53, with 16 points and six assists.

In the Flyers 60-59 upset over Ohio State, Dayton trailed 57-55 when Pierre was fouled on a three-point attempt with 26 seconds left and calmly canned all three free throws. That proved to be the difference after each team exchanged baskets, including Vee Stanford’s winner.

“Dyshawn is one of those players where you have to watch him a couple of games to really appreciate how good he is,” Ennis said. “I’ve watched him go up against nearly everybody in that class and really go at them. He’s really an underrated player and one of their keys.”

Ennis played one summer with Pierre on Bounce, the program run by Tony McIntyre, Ennis’ father. He starred at Anderson Collegiate Vocational Institute in Whitby, Ont., where he registered over 3,500 points and nearly 1,800 rebounds.

“At first you look at him and his game is a little awkward but as you keep watching him you can see his mid-range game and finishing around the basket,” Ennis said. “Offensively, he has the full package but he does a great job.”

Ennis spoke with Pierre briefly today about Bounce alums still the NCAAs and making noise throughout college basketball. That includes Ennis’ brother, Dylan, from Villanova, Kansas’ Andrew Wiggins and Iowa State’s and Melvin Ejim and Naz Long.

“It will be a great day for Canada basketball to have two players on this level contributing and going at each other,” Ennis said. “It’s a big step for us to have this many players and having so many contributors not only playing on these teams but contributing throughout the country.”

Schmidt on Williams retirement

Schmidty ---St. Bonaventure coach Mark Schmidt played for Gary Williams for three seasons at Boston College during the early 80s. Schmidt shared his thoughts on Williams, the former Maryland coach, who retired on Thursday:

He’s leaving a tremendous legacy and his biggest legacy is he won doing it the right way. He didn’t cheat and he did the way you’re supposed to do it. He didn’t cut corners, he did it the blue collar way.

He’s a great Xs and Os and he’s always the underdog. He didn’t have everything that Carolina and Duke had but he was a fighter. I heard someone say one time that he’s a coach’s coach. He epitomized everything that’s in a good coach. The passion that he had, the commitment, the drive. It’s a tremendous legacy especially at Maryland where he took over a program that was on probation and it wasn’t a great situation but he built it into a national champion.

He wasn’t into AAU coaches, he did it his way and he didn’t always have the best players. He didn’t always have the highly recruited players but he coached them and most of those guys maximized their abilities under his tutelage. He’s one of the coaches who has been very successful for a long time that didn’t bend the rules. That’s hard to say in today’s world. You can never say he cheated. He did it the right way. He won the right way.

---Rodney McKissic

(www.twitter.com/rodneyjmckissic)

Fiesta officials meet with BCS

---The Fiesta Bowl made a strong case to stay in college football's prestigious Bowl Championship Series, hoping that promises to clean up self-disclosed financial mismanagement, potentially illegal conduct and lax board oversight will be enough to keep it in play.

---Gridiron 365 has UB at No. 113.

---A new NCAA restriction will force AAU tournaments to look for new tournament host sites.

---Rodney McKissic

(www.twitter.com/rodneyjmckissic)

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Bob Dicesare

Bob DiCesare

Western New York native Bob DiCesare covers UB football, Big 4 basketball and writes an occasional column. He still holds a grudge against Chris Ford who, he's convinced, cost St. Bonaventure the 1970 NCAA basketball championship.

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Rodney McKissic

Rodney McKissic

Rodney McKissic began his journalism career in 1989 after graduating from the University of Cincinnati and has worked for The Buffalo News since 2001. A proud father of four children, he enjoys reading in his spare time.

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Amy Moritz

Amy Moritz

Amy Moritz, a native of Lockport, has covered colleges for The Buffalo News since 1999. She has a bachelor’s degree in journalism/mass communication from St. Bonaventure University and a master’s degree in humanities from the University at Buffalo. An endurance athlete, she has completed several triathlons, half marathons and marathons.

@amymoritz | [email protected]

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