After being held up by a meeting at work, we are thankfully back in the middle of some high school basketball.
7:08 p.m. I'm right back where I was about 24 hours ago, when I saw Canisius finish off a comeback win over visiting Bishop Kearney.
The Canisius band, featuring an electric guitar, is doing an extended set, which means what? It's halftime. Canisus and Bishop Timon-St. Jude are fittingly tied at 29-29.
I walked in to see the last minute, where Timon scored off a steal but then Canisius beat the buzzer to tie it up.
Our laptop battery is running low due to that work meeting, so we won't be back until the end of the third.
7:26 p.m. At the end of the third quarter, Canisius has a 43-40 lead.
7:27 p.m. Dave Scarcello hits a three and we're tied again to start the fourth.
7:34 p.m. Tied again at 49-49 with 3:05 left as Timon takes a timeout.
7:37 p.m. Still at 49-49 with just over a minute left -- don't know exactly due to the stupid countdown clock for the timeout. Ugh.
7:38 p.m. There's 1:27 left.
With the score tied at 49-49, Dut Dour hit an inside basket with 1:08 left to put Timon ahead.
Mike Scarcello hit the front end of a one-and-one in the video above, then -- after a timeout -- added a second free throw to make it a four-point game with 8.8 seconds left.
7:47 p.m. We have a FINAL SCORE: Bishop TImon-St. Jude 53, Canisius 49.
As if the top 10 large schools needed another wacky thing, huh? Very nice win by Timon.
I'm off to Depew at Amherst.
8:18 p.m. Walked in the door of the oldie-but-a-goodie Amherst gym (with "Physical Education" part of the concrete -- I think -- exterior) just in time for a technical foul on Amherst and four free throws by Depew's RIck Coburn. That gave Depew an eight-point lead into a 29-17 advantage with about three minutes left in the second quarter.
A great part of this gym is the huge mural on one of the walls that greets opposing teams with a "Welcome the the Jungle."
8:25 p.m. At halftime, Depew leads Amherst, 33-22.
8:35 p.m. Running low on battery. Third quarter to start now.
8:55 p.m. After the third quarter, Depew has a 42-31 lead. Amherst's Nico McLean has four fouls. Depew is playing like Depew -- tough and smart.
9:25 p.m. After a final couple of minutes which took for-e-va, we have a FINAL SCORE: Depew 61, Amherst 50.
Depew was up double digits for most of the final quarter, with Amherst coming closest at seven (55-48) after McLean hit a three-pointer while being fouled with 49.5 seconds left. However, he missed the free throw and Depew would hit six the rest of the way.
Depew (14-1, 8-1 ECIC III) avenges its only loss of the season.
Whoa -- Rick Coburn had 36 for Depew. I knew the 5-7 senior guard had a lot, scoring on several quck-and-slick drives as well as a ton of free throws -- including 6 of 9 in the fourth quarter.
McLean had 27 for Amherst (11-5, 5-4).
Depew's win sets up a showdown for first place in ECIC III in its next game. After beating Amherst and coach Chris Kensy, Jones faces Chris' father, Mark Kensy, when the Wildcats host Maryvale on Tuesday in its second-to-last league game.
Depew coach Larry Jones: "We tried to take care of Nico McLean -- he's a sensational player. A great effort by Ricky -- that's his career high. Tonight we played very well. We were a little bit better prepared and we knew what they were going to do a little more. A great win for us.
"Ricky is a good offensive player but I never expect 36 from any of our guys. We try to spread the ball around a little, but he had good matchups tonight and good opportunities to score. He did a great job in every aspect tonight."
Coburn: "Coming into this game I knew this was going to be a huge game because they beat us last time, and we needed this one if we wanted to go for the division title. We had to come out hard, and I think we did a fantastic job overall."
9:50 p.m. The leaf blower has come out to clean the bleachers, so I'm outta here. :-)
I'll have more details and videos as the night goes on.
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How about those Frontier Falcons? Just when we thought Orchard Park hosting Jamestown next Friday would be the game of the year in ECIC I, Frontier knocks off OP.
And coach Jim Palano makes a great point about Kyle Mackowiak, who scored 10 of his 12 points in the second half. He came up with some major putbacks and found the right place to be to finish inside when teammates like the Scarcellos or Kyle Kobis found him.
Although I have to mention that the process of coaches calling in scores is an imperfect one. Dour had the big basket for Timon, which I believe the time of Mike Scarcello's free throws was off in the writeup. Easy to say when you can watch instant replays on your phone right after the play happens, however.
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Of course, if you watched a game tonight, let us know what you thought of the players, teams, even the concession stand.
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