Every week during the basketball season (except a two-week vacation over the holiday break which we're entering now) a panel of voters participates in The News' large and small school boys basketball polls.
And every week we let you know, like the title says ... how The News voted.
Here is a link to last week's tipoff ballot.
Here's this week's polls, and here's our ballot:
1. Canisius (3-2) [last week on this ballot: 1] -- The Canisius-or-Falls discussion for this spot should be a good one throughout the season, good arguments to be made both ways, but confirming my choice was Canisius nearly digging out of a hole against vaunted Aquinas (cutting double-digit lead to five in final minute, and I think Aquinas is better than Kearney, and Falls lost to Kearney) -- with Matt Hart out of the lineup.
2. Niagara Falls (2-1)  -- I'm not saying Grand Island is a world-beater, but it was 2-1 with a six-point loss to a good Wilson squad. Falls' quarters at GI on Friday 12-5, 16-4, 23-7, 20-8 for a 71-24 win. Whoa.
3. Jamestown (3-0)  -- Solid win over Will South to win own tourney. You can depend on Jamestown. Which is why I moved them past ...
4. Bishop Timon-St. Jude (4-2)  -- ... the Tigers, who nearly somehow let Will South allllll the way back in their game at the Monsignor Martin-ECIC Challenge. Timon went to Florida the last few days. I wonder if they ran into the Heatmeiser.
5. Riverside (3-1)  -- No change here. Was tempted to move up the ...
6. St. Joe's (4-1)  -- ... Marauders, who continue to get outstanding games from Reggie Agbeko. They just aren't as consistent as I (or I'm sure they) would like. Take the Sweet Home game: Fine first half for Reggie and the team; second half, different story and the Panthers almost came alllll the way back.
7. McKinley (2-1)  -- No movement from the idle Macks.
8. Kenmore West (1-1)  -- Showed some flashes against Canisius, particularly via Bailey, which portends that that they'll be just fine when they aren't playing No. 1. What about No. 2? Find out tonight when West hosts Falls at 7.
9. Williamsville South (4-2) [NR] -- Billies were just on the bubble in the mythical No. 11 spot.
10. Hutch-Tech (1-0)  -- They are getting good poll value for that one win :-)
1. Olean (4-1)  -- Seeing is believing after the win at St. Mary's. It's going to be a fun three seasons.
2. St. Mary's (5-2)  -- Participating in some solid tourneys, at Akron today and at Depew after Christmas. Monsignor Martin schedule should be a blast.
3. OTC Middle College (1-1)  -- No games. Open season with Canisius, hosted St. Joe's Monday night.
4. MST Seneca (3-0)  -- Up goes Frasier.
5. Archbishop Walsh (5-0) [NR] -- Wanted to vote for them last week, but there was no room at the inn (not a bad situation to be in this time of the year). Deserve to be this high after that nice win over Lackawanna.
6. East (0-3)  -- Not just 0-3, but by 22 to Timon, 29 to Olean, 33 to Aquinas. And on Thursday? at St. Joe's?
7. Depew (2-1)  -- Wildcats play tonight vs. Amherst in ECIC III opener -- that's large vs. small this year.
8. Tonawanda (5-0)  -- Many voters have them higher, but squeaking out a win over Roy-Hart Monday might be backing up my decision to keep them down in these parts.
9. Maple Grove (1-3)  -- Losses to Olean and Batavia and a split with Randolph, the second half a 20-point win at home. We see a definite lead in Southern Tier schools with the ones in this poll ahead of solid squads like Silver Creek and Panama.
10. Lackawanna (1-2)  -- Keeping them hanging on based on the Finney win and we think Walsh is quite good.
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