St. Mary's beat Maple Grove, 60-54, while Bishop Timon-St. Jude beat Lackawanna in the opener of tonight's tripleheader. See everyone in about an hour on the live chat.
I was stuck in meetings for Timon's win, but that's another nice victory for the Tigers in a strong start to the season. Maple Grove and St. Mary's was a fun one between two top 10 small schools.
St. Mary's got strong play from sophomores Rashaad Rogers and Nathan Meyers down the stretch. Maple Grove, fighting from behind for the fourth quarter (St. Mary's led, 45-38 at the start), had a few chances to tie in the final minute but couldn't get the shots to fall.
Chris Secky displayed his All-Western New York talents but was visibly tired down the stretch, with several threes coming up short. He asked coach Curt Fischer for a timeout late in the game to help him catch his breath. Not too surprising with football not too far in the rear-view mirror. I had a talk with Sweet Home coach Paul Schintzius about the difference between "football legs" and "basketball legs" the other night.
We are on schedule to tip off with Williamsville South and Canisius about 8:30 p.m. -- that's good news for me concerning tomorrow's Niagara Falls-Nichols game since I'll be on hand covering it and trying to get a story to the office ASAP.
For the Williamsville South-Canisius game, we'll have some live updates once we get our live chat going around 9:30 p.m. South had a 15-12 lead after one quarter.
Update: check the blog for some details of Canisius' 68-64 victory.
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Some video highlights:
One of several nice plays in the late going by St. Mary's sophomore Nathan Meyers.
A Maple Grove fast break gets erased.
Nice assist by Maple Grove's Chris Secky, but on the other end of the court ...
... Vince Kazmierczak makes a heady steal and follows with a layup for a 51-44 St. Mary's lead.
Some nice back-and-forth action ends with a 53-48 lead for St. Mary's.
Nice drive by Rashaad Rogers, nice steal-and-layup by Meyers and St. Mary's has a 57-48 lead. Audio by Sean Bruso.
Secky with a nice pass, then a nice follow shot.
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Blair Helton streaks in for a driving layup, then Phil Stasiak answers right back with a driving layup to keep it a three-point game.
Down three, South misses what would be its last chance to tie.