No city games today, so PrepTalkTV's Friday Night Live schedule is a little more compressed. Some key games and some tough decisions about where to go.
Here's our take on tonight:
As always, if you were at a game tonight, let us know how it went here in our comments section.
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6:56 p.m. We've started at Tonawanda, which is hosting JFK in an extremely pivotal ECIC IV game.
Great crowd here from both schools, nice "Tribe" student section on hand for the home team Warriors, and good energy early on from both teams and both benches.
With 1:34 left in the first quarter, Tonawanda calls a timeout holding an 11-10 lead.
7 p.m. At the end of the first quarter, Tonawanda leads JFK, 12-10.
7:08 p.m. Jesse Lalka goes to the line with 5:04 left in the second quarter and hits two to put Tonawanda up, 14-13. I have a feeling this matchup between the teams won't go into the 80s like their first contest did. Only natural, I suppose, with the importance of the game.
7:22 p.m. At HALFTIME, Tonawanda leads JFK, 25-24. Nice exchange of threes late in the half for both teams.
UPDATE from TML1000 of the Prep Talk blog at Lew-Port: Lew-Port leads Kenmore West, 15-14, after one quarter after the host Lancers started with a 7-0 lead.
I've got to boogie to Jamestown at Lancaster while video reporter Lauren Mariacher is off to South Buffalo and Canisius at Bishop Timon-St. Jude.
8:02 p.m. Hello from Lancaster. Nice of the JV game to go late for me, because they tipped off literally as I walked into the gym.
8:07 p.m. With 1:24 left in the first quarter, Lancaster coach Conrad Walters calls a timeout. Jamestown leads, 14-11.
UPDATE from Lew-Port: Kenmore West leads, 41-38, after three. It was 29-28 Lew-Port at the half.
UPDATE from Lauren Mariacher in South Buffalo: Canisius leads Bishop Timon-St. Jude, 28-18, with 2:58 left in the first half.
8:11 p.m. At the END OF THE FIRST QUARTER, Jamestown leads at Lancaster, 16-13.
8:15 p.m. Jamestown coach Ben Drake calls a timeout with 5:18 left in the second quarter after two fast-break baskets by Lancaster cut the Jamestown leads to 24-19.
Big play right after the timeout -- Jaysean Paige picked up his second foul, an offensive foul clearing out some space for himself in the post, with 5:05 left in the second and he heads to the bench.
8:25 p.m. At HALFTIME, Jamestown leads Lancaster, 32-27.
Nice finish to the quarter by Lancaster, finishing with an 6-0 run after Lancaster went up, 32-21, on a three-pointer by 5-6 junior Kevin Diaz -- his third three of the half.
Jamestown coach Ben Drake didn't like the end of the half at all, he walked by our press row table here (listen to the game on WXRQ 1300, where I just was a two-minute halftime guest) and he pounded every table he passed.
Lancaster's strong finish came with JJ Harrington on the bench with two fouls. Harrington is a major force -- he blocked some shots and altered several others, while he drained a jumper just inside three-point range along with some inside shots and putbacks.
8:37 p.m. Second half has just started, with Lancaster senior Andy Speyer picking up his third foul on a tough call going after a loose ball. Jamestown tried alley-oops on their first three possessions from Butts to Paige -- they nearly connected for a big one. The did get a basket off of one.
With 6:29 left in the third, Lancaster calls a timeout and coach Walters is not pleased with the officiating. Jamestown leads, 40-29, after an extremely smooth three-pointer by Paige. Really good-looking shot.
8:40 p.m. Paige picks up his third foul with just under six minutes left in third and the Red Raiders up, 40-29.
UPDATES: Lew-Port beats Ken West, 66-60. Big win for the Lancers. ... Last update from Timon was Canisius up, 39-31, with 3:28 left in third.
8:45 p.m. Lancaster surging with Paige on the bench with his third foul, cutting the lead to five (42-37). Jamestown up, 45-37, after a steal-and-driving-layup by Butts with 3:36 left, bringing Paige back into the game.
Paige is out on almost the next play after a reach-in in the backcourt gives him his fourth foul. Whoa. 3:03 left after that.
8:48 p.m. Jamestown's Drake calls a timeout with 1:58 left in the third quarter and the Red Raiders leading, 45-39. Nice driving basket by 5-7 senior Jake Kroll was the last basket for the Redskins. Lancaster is right in this, especially with Paige's foul trouble.
8:51 p.m. Matt Bertucci hits two free throws on a one-and-one for a 47-41 game with 38.6 seconds left. One-and-one could be big for Lancaster.
8:52 p.m. At the END OF THE THIRD QUARTER, Jamestown leads at Lancaster, 47-41.
8:57 p.m. Jamestown gains a 10-point lead (52-42) on a three-pointer by Adam Cecchini with 6:59 left. Paige has started the quarter on the bench, but he's in now with 6:14 left as Harrington hits two free throws to make it 52-44.
8:59 p.m. WHOA. Harrington draws a charge on Paige! The call looked like a bad one. Harrington slides over and went down to flop and draw it; nice job by him to get the call.
9:01 p.m. Here we go. Frank Petrasio hits a three-pointer as he falls back to the floor, Lancaster calls timeout with 5:16 left and the Jamestown lead is 52-48.
9:04 p.m. Jamestown responds extremely well after the timeout and leads, 59-52, after Harrington went 1-for-2 at the line.
9:08 p.m. Lancaster continues to stick around big-time. Harrington scores inside and it is 61-58 game with 1:44 left.
9:10 p.m. Jamestown leads, 63-60, with 1:12 left and Harrington looking to make his last basket a three-point play. Timeout Jamestown. Harrington hits the free throw; 63-61.
9:14 p.m. Jamestown wins, 69-61. More to come here and on the regular Web site. Much work to do.
FINAL from South Buffalo: Canisius 77, Timon 64.
9:57 p.m. OK. You can read a recap of the game -- and many others -- at our scoreboard page.
Tonawanda went on to win its game. ... In one that flew under my schedule radar, Lackawanna went to Batavia and beat the Blue Devils. Very impressive win there, a place Timon lost recently. Batavia was among other teams getting votes outside the Rochester Democrat & Chronicle's large school top 10 this week. ... Blair Estarfaa keeps scoring, passing 1,000 points in another Maryvale win. ... Maple Grove loses to Pine Valley! Whoa.
There's a fun quote from Butts in the video about a late timeout in which coach Drake busted a clipboard. I didn't realize that happened.
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The finished products:
* our episode of PrepTalkTV;
* my story on Jamestown's win;
* and our scoreboard page.
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Note: St. Mary's is seeking a nonleague game after it's second game with Bishop Timon-St. Jude -- a nonleague game -- was snowed out and will not be rescheduled. Schools with an opening can email St. Mary's coach/athletic director Dan Gill at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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