Just in from a trip up north to the Cataract Classic, where I was very impressed with Middle College in a 52-43 win over Grand Island.
The performance wasn't the Kats best, but I like the way they smartly and consistently worked the ball inside to Sean Mulhern (who was named MVP) and kept a patient -- even is-this-really-a-Yale-Cup-team? slow at times -- tempo. Darale Young displayed the unselfishness I'd heard about from fellow hoop fans, Mulhern was literally huge down low with post moves, rebounds and putbacks, Justin Stokes and Davon Alexander were solid as usual.
Middle College had some active contributors on both ends as well, including 6-2 sophomore Cordell Torres.
Sweet Home was up huge on North Tonawanda thanks to a 12-1 run to end the second quarter and a 17-5 third -- that's when I left.
I'll pass along the final when we get it, as well as some notes on what was an interesting clash between state championship football schools -- with plenty of the players involved. I'll also have some videos to post at some point. There's a lot of Web work to be done on All-Western New York football so I'm not sure when I'll get them up.
From Middle College's win over GI, which got some great play from senior guard Bobby Ross that kept the Vikings in the game ...
An early three by Young.
Nice quick outlet feed by Alexander sends Stokes in for a layup.
Ross in transition.
Ross again with a steal and a layup.
Did Jonas Stagyla goaltend? I thought it was a good call.
Stagyla for three.
Nice plays by Ross before the end of the half. Block was right in front of a hearty GI student section.
Mulhern had his way down low.
Stokes didn't throw it down, but he got the famous "dunker's roll."
Alexander follows his own miss after a nice Stokes drive and feed.
Quality fast break by GI -- started by Ross.
Outside, inside, outside, inside, outside, inside, score.
Nice hustle by Ross and the GI fans love it.
Mulhern basket, Mulhern defensive rebound, Young dribbles and a great look to find Stokes.
From Sweet Home-NT ...
If you blink, you'll miss the block by Darrik Bloomfield.
Bloomfield again on a nice penetration.
Sweet Home's Keron Briggs on an early play which would be followed by several similar ones late in the second and throughout the third.
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