Hello from Northampton Street and a very key Yale Cup and top 10 large school showdown between host East and McKinley.
Sorry for a slow start but the laptop has been a little stingy.
A lot of energy in the gym. Loud. A great Yale Cup atmosphere.
6:08 p.m. A lot of free throws in this first quarter. With 1:26 left, East leads McKinley, 13-12.
6:11 p.m. Starling Bryant is hit with a technical and he deserved it for being all over the officials. Too much, and definitely too early.
6:15 p.m. At the end of the first quarter, East leads McKinley, 22-16.
Big three-pointer in the final seconds of the quarter by Chris Boyd, who celebrates right in front of a bleacher along with East grads from last year, Domonique Jackson and Deon Robinson. Fun scene there.
6:17 p.m. Dujuan Rutledge with a three to open the quarter for McKinley (22-19).
Dennis James covers the ball on the floor and McKinley coach Zaire Dorsey calls timeout with 6:46 left in the second. East coach Starling Bryant throws something behind the bench, pretty standard for him.
6:22 p.m. Timeout East, which leads, 27-21, with 4:53 left in the second quarter.
Sweet steal-and-finger-roll by Chris Boyd for East, 29-21.
Big three right in front of me -- left side of the arc -- from Andre Jackson for a 32-22 East lead.
6:29 p.m. A lot going on here -- I'm going to switch to the 'live' blog we use for chats for the second half. Game is too quick, and normal blogging can't handle it (or my typing. heh).
East up, 34-29, in final minute.
6:33 p.m. We are at HALFTIME and East leads McKinley, 36-29.
Second half below:
Here's the best highlight I caught on the iPhone, Jasen Oden finding Andre Jackson to push the lead from four to six under two minutes:
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Like I said at the end of the game, great win for East. And yes, I have had East ranked quite low (or not at all) this year. I was reminded of that from two East superfans after the game. :-)
I do think they have gotten a lot better since that first meeting with McKinley.
McKinley, on the other hand, played similarly to the way they played at Bennett. Slow start, too many turnovers, and big comeback where they cranked the intensity up and looked on the cusp of tipping the momentum to their side, but both times their opponent didn't blink.
I still like McKinley's balance and depth. They have to bring that desperation they've shown late in their two losses earlier in the game against good opponents.
Not having Black for the final minutes was big, but that was the cost of an intense, foul-filled game (that's not a dig on the officials, who did a very good job in a high-energy game in which neither team was going to back down).
I am really bumming that the reschedule-makers have East hosting Bennett (a team I had ranked ahead of East -- but we'll see about next week's poll) on Monday, when I'm out of town. Like Monday's later Jamestown at Williamsville North game, that day was clear when I made my travel plans. I suppose I had to expect some rescheduling, it is winter in Western New York after all -- but the city games were moved due to testing week (a move that should have been done at the start of the season).
Speaking of Bennett, nice win for them as they clamp down on a Hutch-Tech team that pushed McKinley to the final minutes the other night. ... Nice win for Salamanca over Cassadaga Valley as the balance continues down south.
PrepTalkTV and I will see you tomorrow. Time to plan out our attack, which will end at Jamestown at Lancaster.
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