Are you ready for some playoff basketball? It starts today. The road ends in Glens Falls a little over a month from now.
We're at Canisius College for the Manhattan Cup quarterfinals -- four back-to-back-to-back-to-back games. Or a quadrupleheader, if you're into that terminology.
1:02 p.m. Pregame introductions have begun for the St. Joe's-Bishop Timon-St. Jude contest. St. Francis-St. Mary's, Canisius-Niagara Catholic and Nichols-Cardinal O'Hara. It's going to be a long but fun day.
The Joe's-Timon matchup is the 4-5 game (Timon is No. 4) and shapes up, as you would expect, as a good one. Also expected to be a top-notch game is the second quarterfinal between top 10 small school St. Mary's and St. Francis; St. Mary's coach Dan Gill told me the other day that something like three of the past four times the teams have met, the games have gone to overtime.
During our National Anthem, this thought pops in my head: Can the flags here at Koessler be a little larger? They look small compared to the advertising banners decorating the facility. Old Glory and Oh-Canada's flag look dwarfed. Maybe the Olympics are on the brain, but they should be more prominent.
1:19 p.m. We are at the end of the first quarter and Timon leads St. Joe's, 13-7.
1:23 p.m. Mike Scarcello just picked up his third foul, prompting a timeout a moment later by Timon coach Jim Palano. Timon leads, 16-12, with 6:23 left in the second quarter.
1:33 p.m. We are at halftime of our first quarterfinal of the day and Bishop Timon-St. Jude leads St. Joe's, 24-20.
1:44 p.m. The second half has begun. The entire season comes down to two quarters, so we'll definitely see a pickup in intensity. Things seemed a tad slow in the first half, sometimes a product of playing a familiar team at a neutral site in a huge game.
1:50 p.m. Timon calls a timeout with 4:13 left in the third quarter with Joe's on the best run of the game. Matthew Dyrek just hit a three-pointer to put Joe's up, 29-24. Joe's has made an effort to push the ball and it has worked in a 9-0 start of the quarter.
That was a big moment in the game for St. Joe's. The rowdies would be going nuts right now. Just wondering: Where are they?
1:58 p.m. At the end of the third quarter, Timon leads St. Joe's, 33-29. Timon answered Joe's 9-0 run with a 9-0 run led by Dut Dour, who had two baskets, an assist and drew a charge in the final 2:05.
2:07 p.m. Timon calls a timeout with 2:40 left in the game and Joe's leading, 43-39. The runs by the teams are almost ridiculous. Joe's goes 5-0 to start the quarter, Timon answers with a 6-0 run and then Joe's comes back with what is currently a 9-0 run.
2:11 p.m. St. Joe's calls a timeout with 1:25 left after Thomas Escott took a nice pass from Connor Rehbaum for a layup and a 45-43 lead for the Marauders.
2:16 p.m. Timon's Mike Scarcello is at the line -- he has missed the first with 23.1 seconds left and Timon has taken a timeout, trailing, 47-45.
2:18 p.m. With 20.9 seconds left, Timon has the ball on the Joe's baseline and still trailes, 47-45. Scarcello missed the second but the rebound went out of bounds to the Tigers.
2:22 p.m. St. Joe's going to the line up 47-46 with 6.7 seconds left.
2:24 p.m. Matt Dyrek hits both ends of a one-and-one to put Joe's up, 49-46. Timon to inbound from under its own basket. Clutch job by Dyrek. The iPhone is standing by.
2:27 p.m. What else would you expect this season? We are going to OVERTIME at 49-49 after Mike Scarcello dribbled up court, pump-faked a three and then swished it from just to the right of the top of the key at the buzzer. WHOA.
2:36 p.m. A great overtime for Timon, which is up, 59-54, with 13.4 seconds left. Dut Dour had a three-point play to give the Tigers a 57-51 lead with 56.2 seconds left.
2:41 p.m. We have a FINAL SCORE: Bishop Timon-St. Jude 61, St. Joe's 54. Wow, what a start to our day.
We'll be back with more.
Mike Scarcello finished with 16 points while Dave Scarcello had three threes among his 15. Dut Dour had 12 and Kyle Kobis had 10 before fouling out late in regulation. Matt Dyrek led St. Joe's with 16.
3:02 p.m. And we're back after some interviews. Just a reminder that there will be a PrepTalkTV episode about today's games that we'll be putting together tonight. It will have Scarcello's big shot as well as interviews from today's winners.
The St. Mary's-St. Francis game is underway with St. Mary's up early, 4-3.
3:25 p.m. We gave our laptop a break because I thought it was overheating. I shut it down and restarted ... after putting some water in the radiator. We're hoping things will be fine. St. Francis had a 14-13 lead after the first quarter and is up, 22-19, in the last minute of the first half.
3:27 p.m. We are at halftime and St. Mary's leads St. Francis, 22-19.
Both teams traded some nice offense early on but both went cold for the last half of the second quarter. Vince Kazmierczak has been impressive with his range for St. Mary's. Anthony Wiecec has shown some great hustle -- as he did when I saw St. Francis beat St. Joe's -- and also had a run of six straight points in the first quarter. A putback was followed by two jumpers.
3:39 p.m. The second half has started.
3:53 p.m. After the third quarter, St. Mary's leads St. Francis, 31-27. That was a 9-6 quarter for St. Mary's. It was about what you think a 9-6 quarter would look like.
3:57 p.m. St. Francis coach Ed Hoak calls a timeout with 6:25 left in the game after a second straight basket by Weichec to bring the Red Raiders within 36-31. St. Mary's had gone up, 36-27, thanks in part to a three-point play by Peter Notaro on which St. Francis coaches wanted a charge called.
4 p.m. St. Mary's leads, 39-33, with under four minutes to go. Kazmierczak with a super-slick reverse layup off a baseline drive in which he puts some serious spin on the ball to bank it in.
4:09 p.m. St. Francis calls a timeout trailing, 45-37, with 1:02 left in the game. St. Francis was within four (39-35) with 3:20 left, but Joe Barnhardt has hit back-to-back threes. Big-time shots there.
4:13 p.m. Some hope for St. Francis after a three by Joe Pantano. St. Mary's leads, 47-40, with 35.2 seconds left.
4:18 p.m. St. Francis is hitting threes in the late going -- three in the last 22 seconds -- but St. Mary's still leads, 51-46, with 13.4 seconds left.
4:21 p.m. Two free throws by Barnhardt make it 53-46 with 12 seconds left.
Then St. Francis makes it four threes in about 30 seconds as Pantano hits another one -- timeout St. Francis with 4.6 seconds left as it leads, 53-49.
4:24 p.m. We have a FINAL SCORE: St. Mary's 55, St. Francis 49.
Joe Barnhardt led St. Mary's with 22 points while Vince Kazmierczak added 14.
Joe Pantano had 15 points while Anthony Weichec added 14 for St. Francis.
4:41 p.m. Pregame introductions for Niagara Catholic vs. Canisius.
4:44 p.m. Game Three has started.
4:56 p.m. After the first quarter, Canisius leads Niagara Catholic, 14-13. Niagara Catholic has hung around with some transition baskets, a three-pointer off the bench from Zach Evans and some interior defense from big man Stephen Beck.
5:03 p.m. Here's more of what was expected -- Canisius is up, 28-18, with 4:27 left in the second quarter and Catholic has called a timeout. Brian Graham and Blair Helton have hit three-pointers while Jimmy Gaines has two baskets as the Crusaders have turned up the full-court pressure.
5:13 p.m. We are at halftime and Canisius leads Niagara Catholic, 43-29. Evans had another three to help Catholic hang around.
5:28 p.m. Niagara Catholic calls a timeout with 5:25 left in the third with Canisius up, 47-34.
5:39 p.m. Brian Graham hits a quick-release three at the buzzer and Canisius has a 63-43 lead after the third quarter.
5:42 p.m. Canisius leads, 70-43, and Niagara Catholic calls a timeout with 5:42 remaining.
5:52 p.m. Canisius up, 79-50. Many subs in the game.
5:57 p.m. We have a FINAL SCORE: Canisius 86, Niagara Catholic 55.
Canisius will play St. Mary's at 6 p.m. Tuesday in the semifinals; at 8 p.m. it will be Timon against the winner of our final game, Nichols vs. O'Hara.
6:20 p.m. We've started our fourth and final game. Nichols has started quickly and it sure looks like the top seed is playing the winner of the play-in game. Nichols 15, O'Hara 4, 4:42 left in the first quarter.
6:25 p.m. Another timeout. Nichols, 19-6, with 2:53 left in the first.
6:29 p.m. At the end of the first quarter, Nichols leads Cardinal O'Hara, 23-8.
There won't be many updates from here on in while I work on my story and what I'm going to blabbity-blah about on our PrepTalkTV wrapup.
6:44 p.m. We are at HALFTIME and Nichols is very business-like as it takes care of business. The Vikings lead O'Hara, 34-13.
6:59 p.m. We are a few minutes into the third quarter -- Nichols leads, 43-18, with 5:34 left.
7:10 p.m. At the end of the third quarter, Nichols leads O'Hara, 58-28.
7:25 p.m. We have a FINAL SCORE: Nichols 70, Cardinal O'Hara 44.
Time for the last interviews of the day and some PrepTalkTV-making.
We're back here for the semifinals on Tuesday: St. Mary's-Canisius at 6, Nichols-Timon at 8.
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Here's my story, which focuses heavily on Timon's win.
Check out Allen Wilson's column featuring Nichols' Will Regan.
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