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Thursday Night Live -- before the chat: Falls wins at Lockport, St. Francis beats St. Joe's (with video)

Heading north on Transit Road, which was in better shape than Millersport. (Keith McShea/Buffalo News) It is a slow-go out there tonight, and it looks like I may have only one stop. We'll see.

7:05 p.m. I've just arrived at Lockport, where Falls has a 36-31 lead on the host Lions in the second quarter. I've kept track of the game thanks to 1340 WLVL-AM.

7:16 p.m. At halftime we're enjoying the Lockport Royal Lions stomp team. Falls has a 45-35 lead. Falls has threatened to turn it into a blowout but Lockport has hung around -- if the Lions stop hanging around, I might try and make it to St. Francis.

7:50 p.m. Falls wins, 86-65. We are headed south and we'll see if we can catch the end of St. Joe's at St. Francis. Got a dunk from both sides on video, so that's cool. I'll post those later. 

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Videos from Niagara Falls at Lockport:

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8:37 p.m. We are at St. Francis and the great news is that we got here in the second quarter. I caught a few possessions as Frannies held a slim lead, and senior Joe Pantano just swished a three-pointer from the right corner at the halftime buzzer to give Frannies a 32-28 lead at the break. Big shot for the Red Raiders and it got a big roar from it's packed student section.

I was actually able to pick up the St. Francis Internet radio broadcast on the iPhone while driving here. In the words of Napolean Dynamite's brother Kip, "I love technology."

9:07 p.m. St. Joe's leads St. Francis, 44-41, at the end of the third quarter.

I might cut it close on the chat, but I'm going to stay here until the end. I'll start the chat ASAP.

9:10 p.m. While I've been typing, St. Francis has taken a 47-46. Lead behind two Anthony Weichec putbacks and St. Joe's calls a timeout with 5:52 left.


After some missed free throws by St. Francis, St. Joe's was within three during the last minute but some good Red Raider defense helped Frannies keep the lead.

9:33 p.m. We have a FINAL SCORE: St. Francis 56, St. Joe's 50. 

Driving to One News Plaza for the chat ...

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I discussed both games during the chat, which is the next post down here.  

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There's more on these two games -- and much more -- at High School Extra and Thursday night's scoreboard.

---Keith McShea

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Basketball | Lockport | Niagara Falls | St. Francis | St. Joe's | Video
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Keith McShea

Keith McShea

Keith McShea has covered high school sports at The News since his hiring in 1999. The 1995 University at Buffalo graduate and Long Island native (North Babylon Bulldogs) covers — and live blogs — everything from scrimmages to state championships & helps head The News' All-Western New York selections.

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