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Thursday Night Live: Hoops (Middle College beats Grover) and hockey (Canisius beats Joe's) before the chat (with video)

Before our live chat tonight around 10, we've got some hoops and hockey to watch.

5:40 p.m. We're at Grover Cleveland anticipating the start of one of the most anticipated games of the season -- Middle College visits with an undefeated record. The Kats are the only unbeaten left in the Yale Cup after East's surprising loss on Tuesday.

6:02 p.m. With 2:56 left in the first quarter, Grover is getting some turnovers and transition baskets and has a 15-7 lead.

6:05 p.m. Middle College calls a timeout with 1:41 left in the first quarter with Grover up 17-7 thanks to a I-wish-I-had-the-iPhone going one-handed, from a standing-start JAM by Kadeem Hillman. WOW.

6:09 p.m. Another dunk -- this time a fast break finish by Justin Stokes for Middle College. To show that I'm an equal opportunity dunk-misser, I don't have the video of that either. Arghh. That came in the final minute. We are at the end of the first quarter and Grover Cleveland leads, 20-11.

6:17 p.m. Middle College with a great run which included a dunk by Stokes on a fast break (that one Ive got on video) and has taken a 23-22 lead with 4:04 left in the second, prompting a timeout by Grover coach Earl Schunk.

6:26 p.m. We are at halftime and Middle College leads Grover, 35-30.

6:45 p.m. Schunk calls a timeout with 2:49 left in the third and Middle College up, 47-37.

6:49 p.m. An injury timeout with 1:11 left in the third and MC up, 51-41.

6:52 p.m. We are at the end of the third quarter and Middle College leads Grover Cleveland, 51-43

I've seen Grover look dead before and come back to win against good teams -- St. Joe's and Lackawanna -- so it could be an exciting fourth.  

7:05 p.m. Some fun back-and-forth action but Middle College holds a 65-58 lead with 3:08 left in the game. Grover just took a timeout.

7:09 p.m. Chris Holland hits a three-pointer and Grover is within 73-64 with 1:37 left.

7:13 p.m. Grover calls a timeout with 57.1 seconds left trailing, 73-66. Middle College has the ball; they've missed some free throws.

7:16 p.m. No comeback today. Middle leads, 77-66, with 20.4 seconds left and is going to the line. 

7:17 p.m. We have a FINAL SCORE in HOOPS: Middle College 79, Grover Cleveland 66

Some interviews and then I'm off to Amherst for hockey.

8:19 p.m. We are here, plugged in and powered up at the Amherst (Pepsi? It's on some signs but not on others) Center for Federation hockey.

After two periods, Canisius leads St. Joe's, 4-3. The teams traded goals in the late going. I'm going to get some work done here -- trying to file a report for Middle College's win -- and I'll provide updates after goals and at the end of the game.

8:48 p.m. We have a FINAL SCORE in HOCKEY: Canisius 5, St. Joe's 3.

I've got video of Canisius' fifth goal, which I'll post here when I can.

Joe's was pressing to tie the game but a late penalty hindered their comeback attempt in the final minutes. Joe's pulled their goalie but there was no real close calls the rest of the way. Canisius continues a dominant year in the Federation. 

And it seems that hockey moms are, as someone once said, pit bulls with lipstick. One St. Joe's mom was one of a few St. Joe's fans who were irate at the late penalty called on the Marauders (you can hear some of them as the penalties are being announced at the start of the clip) and let loose on the referee, including a forceful, "YOU SU*K!!!" Nice.

9:21 p.m. They just dropped the puck for Williamsville South against Williamsville East. Seniors for both teams were honored before the game. A good crowd on hand, but nowhere near the amount that was here for Canisius-St. Joe's.

9:46 p.m. South and East are scoreless after one period.

10:01 p.m. It's time for the LIVE CHAT. Get thee to the adjacent post on here. 

---Keith McShea


Basketball | Grover Cleveland | Hockey | Middle College
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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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