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Tuesday Night Live: Lockport wins at NT, Nichols beats St. Francis (with video); also: OP wins, Grover loses

Hello from what should be a three-stop day of hoops.

6:28 p.m. We arrive at Erie Community College and it is a competitive first quarter -- until Darale Young hits a three and Justin Stokes puts down a one-handed slam (not on video! argh!) to give Middle College a 19-11 lead after the quarter.

6:50 p.m. So much for that competitive start -- Middle College is up, 41-16, after an obviously dominant second quarter.

Nice give-up by Davon Alexander for the Young finish.

6:52 p.m. Out the back door of ECC, across the street to the parking lot and we've got Lockport on WLVL -- it's fuzzy -- I think it might be a girls game. Yup. Just heard "Lady Lions" from Norm Palmer. We're off to NT for the Lockport boys' visit there.

7:23 p.m. We have arrived at NT with Lockport leading, 16-13, with less than six minutes left in the second quarter.

For you Lady Lions fans, Lockport leads the NT girls, 32-14, late in the second quarter. A fun listen with some great stuff from Palmer.

7:41 p.m. At halftime, NT leads Lockport, 27-24. Darrik Bloomfield had a three-point play off a nice follow to give NT the three-point lead.

Lockport was up, 24-21, when Shannon Haynes found Andrew Bailey on a nice basket inside. NT tied it at 24 when Joe Montesanti hit a three-pointer. Montesanti leads all scorers with 10 - he also banked in a three. Haynes has nine, Bloomfield has seven as does Lockport's Sean Smith while Aaron Davis of NT has six.

8:05 p.m. NT leads, 43-42, after three quarters.

8:16 p.m. NT is up, 49-46, with 2:31 left.

8:20 p.m. NT up, 50-49, with 1:10 left.

8:32 p.m. We have a FINAL SCORE: Lockport 54, NT 50. Senior Andrew Granchelli goes 5 of 6 at the line in the final minute. Clutch.

8:55 p.m. Nichols is up big, 69-56, with 2:52 left. 9:06 p.m. We have a FINAL SCORE: Nichols 74, St. Francis 64.

From what I heard on the St. Francis broadcast on my way here and from talking with some fans, Frannies played Nichols tough in the first half but it was all Nichols in the second.

We'll have more details ASAP and some videos later on.

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Let's go to Mary Jo Monnin live in the newsroom ... Grover Cleveland loses to Bennett, Jamestown loses at home to Orchard Park. Wow. More to come.

There were a TON of games tonight and they'll be on the Web as soon as possible.

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For people who like typing, "scores?????" when we're obviously trying to get them together as soon as possible, some good news: tonight's scoreboard has been posted.

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If you were out at a game, let us know what you thought of the action, the teams, the players and even the concession stand.

---Keith McShea

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Basketball | Jamestown | Lockport | McKinley | Middle College | Nichols | North Tonawanda | Orchard Park | St. Francis | 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.

@KeithMcSheaBN | kmcshea@buffnews.com

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