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Live from our prechat tour of as many basketball playoff games as we can get to (which ended up being NINE)

Game No. 1: Seneca-Cattaragus Little Valley at City Honors

There are 17 boys basketball games tonight -- two Monsignor Martin quarterfinals and 15 Section VI prequarterfinals -- and we're going to check in with as many as we can get to. 

We'll provide updates here before a visit on The Late Nick Mendola program on WECK-AM (1230) around 9:30 and then discuss the evening's events in our weekly chat around 9:45 p.m.  

There are three games starting at 6 p.m. at different points of the city, a ton of 7 p.m. games, plus a 7:45 and 8 p.m. game back in the city.

Game No. 2: St. Joe's-Niagara Catholic at Canisius College Having doubleheaders at City Honors, Canisius College and McKinley make this a prime night for catching a lot of action.

I might not be able to stay long during my stops, but I'll at least get a score update and hopefully I'll get lucky and see some key action.

Here we go. 

6:05 p.m. Here at City Honors for the tip of Seneca-Cattaraugus Little Valley.

Game No. 3: Riverside-East Aurora at McKinley 6:19 p.m. Seneca went up, 9-0, but Catt-Little Valley called a timeout with 6:27 left and then got back into it.

It was tied at 14-14 when I walked out with 1:20 left in first.

On to Canisius College ...

6:30 p.m.
Here at Canisius College, where I walk in with
s up, 37-13, on Niagara Catholic with just over four minutes left in the second quarter.

Game No. 4: Grand Island at Sweet Home I won't be here for long.

6:33 p.m. Told you. St. Joe's up, 44-17, in final minute of first half. I'm off to McKinley.

6:53 p.m. Here at McKinley, where I arrived to find Riverside up, 46-31, with 6:43 left in the third.

Now they are up, 61-34, prompting a timeout by East Aurora coach Chris Koselny with 3:27 left.

6:57 p.m. Riverside lead is up to 71-36 in final minute of third.

Game No. 5: Starpoint at Kenmore East  
I'm heading out -- it's quantity tonight, and I think I can make a bunch more games. It's 72-38 after three at 7:01 p.m.

7:21 p.m. Drove up and around the I-190/90/990 to Sweet Home, which leads Grand Island, 12-11, at the end if the first quarter after a last-second basket gave them the lead.

Next stop: Kenmore East.

Update from noted Prep Talk contributor TML1000: Kenmore West up on Orchard Park, 18-4, in the second after taking a 10-4 lead after one.

Game No. 6: Orchard Park at Kenmore West 7:39 p.m. Another quick look-in: Kenmore East and visiting Starpoint are tied at 33-33 at half.

Another update from my next stop: Ken West up on OP, 31-11, at half. Whoa.

7:58 p.m. My plan worked out time-wise, but I was hoping to see a good fourth quarter at Ken West.

I arrived for the last few minutes of the third quarter; after three, Kenmore West leads Orchard Park, 46-26.

8:15 p.m. Leaving Ken West with the Blue Devils up, 55-38, with 1:38 left.

Game No. 7: West Seneca West at McKinley

We're off to retrace our steps -- back to McKinley.

8:36 p.m. McKinley leads West Seneca West at halftime, 41-23. Macks look good.

Back to Canisius College for the Manhattan Cup quarterfinals.

8:48 p.m.
Back at Canisius College, where I walked in with Bishop Timon-St. Jude up on St. Francis, 50-30, in the opening minutes of the fourth quarter.

Game No. 8: St. Francis-Bishop Timon-St. Jude at Canisius College. 8:57 p.m. Timon's lead is 54-35 with 3:43 left. I'm headed back to City Honors for what would be a ninth game. Whoa.

Back where we started: Host City Honors is up big on Gowanda, 51-28, heading to the fourth quarter.

9:15 p.m. City Honors fans are having a lot of fun, notably a top row with "CITY HONORS!!" spelled out on their collective chests.

Very nice job by them. Loud, too.

Game No. 9: Gowanda at City Honors Junior guard Jamaal Carter is having a very impressive game.

Honors is up, 65-37, with 1:51 left and I'm headed back to One News Plaza to call in to WECK and our chat.


---Keith McShea


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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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