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Prep Talk live chat (Feb. 8): Hoops, scorekeepers & Timon-Joe's in video start, Power 10 struggles, web sites and calling in games at finish

We will have our live chat tonight, starting with a video portion with Lauren Mariacher and myself at 9 p.m. After a half-hour, I'll continue with the traditional chat.

Not a very busy lineup of hoops today, but I'll discuss what I see at this evening's top 10 Yale Cup battle of Riverside at Hutch-Tech (6 p.m.) and there is a ton to talk about after an eventful Tuesday and Selection Saturday just over a week away. The postseason will soon be upon us in all sports.

I promise I'll get to your question or comment in the chat -- but please be patient. It can get busy fielding all of the questions and I can only answer one at a time. And PLEASE don't enter your question/comment multiple times -- that only makes things more hectic.

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Our previous winter chats: Feb. 1 (football signing day), Jan. 25 (pre-Canisius-Joe's), Jan. 18 (2012 video debut), Jan. 11 (2012 debut/Aquinas-Kearney viewing), Dec. 14 (from the MMA-ECIC Challenge), All-WNY football talk (Dec. 7 w/video); our first was Nov. 30 (live from the Pastor-Cooper Showcase tipoff).

Our chats of the 2011 fall season: Nov. 16Nov. 9Nov. 2Oct. 26Oct. 19Oct. 12Oct. 5Sept. 28Sept. 21 (our video chat debut)Sept. 14Sept. 7 and our preseason chat (Aug. 31), which also includes links to all of of the chats from 2010-11.

As always, if you have a question but you won't be able to make the chat, post one in the comments section here, email me, Tweet it or post it on Facebook and I'll do my best to address it.

---Keith McShea

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Wednesday Night Live from Riverside's win at Hutch-Tech (with video)

Big Yale Cup matchup as top 10 large schools meet: Riverside at Hutch-Tech. Riverside won the first meeting at home in early January.

We'll be back with in the separate blog post for tonight's live chat.

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Postgame show with Riverside coach Ron Killinger and junior Justice Feggans (32 points):

---Keith McShea

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Busy Tuesday night for #preptalkscores, including big wins for Cleve Hill (with video), Akron, Iroquois, Maryvale, EA

It's again a very busy Tuesday night in boys basketball. I've got a Prep Talk column to write for tomorrow, so I'll probably be limited to one game (Cleveland Hill at Tonawanda at 6:30) but we can keep track of updates here and via Twitter.

Tweets to the hashtag #preptalkscores will automatically show up in the live blog. So if you are a game tonight and you're updating via Twitter, be sure to include that hashtag. I'll have periodic tweets updating the game at @KeithMcSheaBN, but most of my updating will come in the live blog.

Check out tonight's full schedule on our scoreboard page, and check back throughout the night for updated box scores and highlights.

See you out at the games, in the chat and on the tweeter. :-)

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Highlights and interviews from Cleveland Hill's win at Tonawanda:

Sophomore Jared Watkins ties it up late at 49-49 late in regulation; the score wouldn't change the rest of the way (above).

In OT, a big block on the double-team help by Jordan Parker in the low post and the ball goes out of bounds to Cleve Hill (above). 

Play of the Game: Daryl Spencer, guarding Tonawanda standout Jesse Lalka, tips the ball away, gets it back from Miles Barker and makes the tough, full-speed finish to put the Golden Eagles up, 53-52, with 1:16 left in overtime (above).

Cleve Hill had the ball with 37.3 seconds left, got fouled, then Tonawanda had to foul three times to get to seven and kick in the one-and-one. The first one missed and Tonawanda had a chance (above). 

Cleve Hill missed the front end with 4.5 seconds left, but DeVonte Davis grabbed the rebound and was fouled with 4.2 seconds left to go to the line (above).

Here's the postgame show:

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More to come Wednesday with Riverside at Hutch-Tech, plus the live chat at 9 p.m. starting video-style with Lauren Mariacher and myself.

Thursday it's St. Joe's at Bishop Timon-St. Jude in what should be a great atmosphere, as always. 

---Keith McShea

(@KeithMcSheaBN on Twitter)

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How The News voted: 11 days until Selection Saturday

Every week during the basketball season 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 previous ballots: last week Jan. 31 (New World Order), Jan. 24 (when I said I thought Canisius would win at St. Joe's), Jan. 17 (MLK edition), Jan. 10 (back from the break), Dec. 20, Dec. 13 (the tipoff).

Here are this week's polls, and here's our ballot as we are 11 days from Selection Saturday (Feb. 18), which is when the Section VI basketball seedings and schedule are announced (it's also the date for St. Joe's at Canisius):

LARGE SCHOOLS

1. St. Joe's (17-2) [last ballot: 1] -- Two weeks in a row at No. 1 after passing Timon test last week ... they get another one this week -- Thursday in South Buffalo.

2. Canisius (13-6) [2] -- Nice finish in win over Timon. Got big outside shots when they needed them. Maybe their swagger is back?

3. Jamestown (14-1) [3] -- They didn't play extremely well Friday but still won at Will North thanks to Tommy Campion's last-second drive. Was tempted to move them down, but the cases being made below just aren't strong enough to move them, and don't think I saw them at their best.

4. Bishop Timon-St. Jude (13-6) [4] -- Timon remains a confounding team. Lose at St. Joe's in OT last Monday in a game in a game Tigers looked like they were ready to win. Lose at Canisius Thursday. They used to be all about shooting from the outside. At Canisius they were all about DeMilo Gibbs inside -- to the point that maybe they were too much inside. The Tigers balance things out, and it could come right in time for the next two meetings with No. 1 and No. 2, both of which come in South Buffalo. Thursday night they host St. Joe's (and PrepTalkTV).

5. McKinley (11-2) [5] -- Macks really wore down Riverside in the end of their win Tuesday. At East Friday. 

6. Niagara Falls (11-4) [6] -- Ken West loss weighs them down. Last three: at KE, vs. Lockport, at L-P.

7. Kenmore West (12-2) [7] -- Blue Devils' last four: at N-W, vs. NT, at KE, vs. Nichols.

8. Riverside (10-3) [8] -- Home win during first round maintains their spot ahead of ...

9. Hutch-Tech (9-4) [9] -- ... these guys, who get their shot to answer when they host the Frontiers at 6 p.m. Wednesday (and who I was quite impressed with in home win over East: smart, deep, athletic, unselfish). 

10. Williamsville East (13-2) [10] -- They just box out hard-charging Amherst for the final spot and top Erie County school in Erie County's conference.

Poll trivia: Last week my small school ballot stayed the same as the previous week; this week my large school ballot stayed the same.

SMALL SCHOOLS

1. Olean (14-1) [1] -- Well done in second half in what was a 15-point win over Dunkirk.

2. Archbishop Walsh (15-4) [4] -- Deserved after xx-xx victory over St. Mary's last Tuesday and a schedule which includes losses to St. Joe's (by nine on the road), Canisius, Timon and Olean. However ... 

3. St. Mary's (14-6) [2] -- ... it is somewhat of a provisional vote because these two lovebirds meet again -- at St. Mary's -- on Feb. 14.

4. OTC Middle College (10-3) [3] -- Last week I said the poll had a very solid top three. Now (with Walsh) it's a top four. Edge goes to the MMA duo due to schedule strength and OTC's loss to EA, but not by much at all. I kind of see it as a three-way tie for second. 

5. Tonawanda (13-0) [5] -- The undefeated season keeps them atop a very competitive list. Best win is at East Aurora, which has since lost to Cheektowaga, Pioneer and Amherst. In the way of undefeated regular season: tonight vs. Cleveland Hill (6:30, see you there); Thurs. at Eden; Sat. at JFK; Mon. at Holland; Wed. Feb. 15 vs. Lackawanna. 

6. Depew (9-5) [6] -- Losses to EA, Cheektowaga and Amherst in last five. Keeping them here. They have EA and Cheektowaga again next week, before the playoffs start and they are back hanging out with small schools.

7. Wilson (11-3) [7] -- N-O's top two had two meetings. Host Newfane won a close one last week. Newfane's home-court advantage is probably top-five in WNY, especially against the rival Lakemen. Even season series? Neutral court? We're voting these guys.

8. MST Seneca (11-2) [8] -- Nice win at Holland last week made up for loss to City Honors -- heading into Monday's action, the Centaurs haven't lost since and are making a case for themselves to get a vote.

9. Silver Creek (13-1) [10] -- Black Knights keep winning. They win tonight (at Randolph) and they could have a case for No. 5 next week.

10. East (6-8) [9] -- They are super long and athletic and they have a very talented point guard in Johnathan Lewis. But the losses keep mounting ... but the losses are to ranked large schools. We still think they deserve a vote slightly over others, including Newfane, Dunkirk, City Honors, I-Prep/Grover, Randolph, Maple Grove, Portville, Panama ... (not necessarily in this order).

Don't like what you're reading? The comment space is below and our weekly chat is here Wednesday evening.

---Keith McShea

(@KeithMcSheaBN on Twitter)

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More from OTC Middle College's big win

I didn't get to ECC-City for OTC Middle College's game with City Honors as early as I wanted to (don't ask!) but I certainly saw plenty of reasons why the Kats are having a fine season.

They routed a City Honors team that had won seven straight with a balanced lineup for a 73-43 win. Check out the box score and details.  

Here are the Kats talking about the win and their season:

---Keith McShea

(@KeithMcSheaBN on Twitter)

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PrepTalkTV (Feb. 3): Jamestown wins in final seconds at Will North & three other top games

PrepTalkTV was there for Jamestown's visit to Williamsville North and it didn't disappoint. 

Check out highlights, interviews and analysis as well as footage from big wins by Amherst, Hutch-Tech and City Honors -- plus a lookahead to next week:

Our previous videos from the 2012 basketball season: St. Joe's beats Timon in OT (Jan. 30), St. Joe's beats No. 1 Canisius (Jan. 27), Six stops, including Tim Nobles' 500th win for the Pine Valley girls (Jan. 20), a big win for Williamsville East (our debut on Jan. 17).

Our weekly football episodes from the fall are available here, while you can watch additional videos at Prep Talk Live

More sports and seasons are documented in PrepTalkTV episodes are on our video page -- click "PrepTalkTV" there for the archive.

---Keith McShea

(@KeithMcSheaBN on Twitter)

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Friday Night Live with PrepTalkTV & your #preptalkscores

Tonight we'll be starting at the Yale Cup I battle of No. 8 small school East at No. 10 large school Hutch-Tech and ending with No. 3 large school Jamestown's trip to Williamsville North in ECIC I action. 

While I'll have updates from those games, tweets to the hashtag #preptalkscores will also automatically show up in the live blog. So if you are a game tonight and you're updating via Twitter, be sure to include that hashtag. I'll have periodic tweets updating the game at @KeithMcSheaBN, but most of my updating will come in the live blog.

Check out tonight's full schedule on our scoreboard page, where you can check back throughout the night for updated box scores and highlights.

See you out at the games, in the chat and on the tweeter. :-)

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The PrepTalkTV video will be posted as soon as possible tonight.

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If you were monitoring the live blog, or if you read through it later, you're probably wondering -- as I was -- waddup with that point that disappeared?

Well, the point did disappear. 

After Sterling Taplin hit a three-pointer, that drew Will North to within 46-39. A few plays later a point was taken off the scoreboard -- and you can see in the live blog how that was very puzzling to me. 

The problem was, there was a discrepancy over a made free throw by Winkler. That free throw was not recorded in each team's scorebook (I have pictures of them). North's statistician, doing stats from the stands, did record the free throw, as I did -- but he was not keeping track of the total score as I was.

At some point, at the scorer's table, the books thought they had a discrepancy with the scoreboard. I was on the other side of the court, so I don't know how this went down. But typically, if there is a discrepancy, the two books are compared and the rule is that the home book rules. After this happened, the point was taken off the board.

And at that point, there's nothing else that can be done. At that point, an incorrect score, in effect, by rule, becomes the correct one. It obviously took a while for me to figure things out, but that's the full explanation.

Unfortunately, mistakes are made. I do not envy the individuals who do the scorebooks. They are volunteers (and often students), the job is NOT easy (take it from someone who tries to write down every basket and do it correctly) and the pressure on them can be immense.

I might write about this for my next Prep Talk column. We'll see what my editor says. :-)   

---Keith McShea

(@KeithMcSheaBN on Twitter)

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Aquinas football moving to AA

According to a tweet by James Johnson of the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle, Section V is moving up Aquinas football to AA.

Word-association on my thoughts? Amen. Thank goodness. About time.

Aquinas' football program has walked the walk of a AA football program for the better part of a decade and it's only logical that they play in Class AA. 

This is something I've squawked about for years in our live chats and on this blog. This past fall I wrote a Prep Talk column about it in our paper.

It's a step, perhaps small, but a significant step in making the state playoffs make more sense. There are many nooks and crannies overall that take away from the value of what the state championships should represent.

While Section V is making the world right, how about prohibiting private schools from playing in Class D? :-) 

And while one rivalry will be lost in the elevation of Aquinas -- Sweet Home and the Little Irish have met in the last five Class A Far West Regionals (Aquinas won three) -- football fans are already talking about a possible Orchard Park-Aquinas matchup in that same round. 

There's a lot of football to be played before that happens, though. Like a whole season :-)

---Keith McShea

(@KeithMcSheaBN on Twitter)

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Thursday Night Live: Canisius beats Timon and your #preptalkscores

Tonight I'll be at Canisius as the Crusaders host Bishop Timon-St. Jude at 6:30 p.m. in a major matchup in not just the Monsignor Martin Association but the large school top 10.

While I'll have updates from that game, tweets to the hashtag #preptalkscores will also automatically show up in the live blog. So if you are a game tonight (there are some key 6 p.m. games in the Yale Cup like Hutch-Tech at McKinley and East at Riverside) and you're updating via Twitter, be sure to include that hashtag. I'll have periodic tweets updating the game at @KeithMcSheaBN, but most of my updating will come in the live blog.

Check out tonight's full schedule on our scoreboard page, where you can check back throughout the night for updated box scores and highlights.

See you out at the games, in the chat and on the tweeter. :-)

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Check out video-photographer John Hickey's PrepTalkTV episode he put together on the game.

---Keith McShea

(@KeithMcSheaBN on Twitter)

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Live chat (Feb. 1): Football signings, Twitter smh column feedback, another Aq-BK viewing party & free passes

Today is National Signing Day, and I'll be headed to St. Francis for a 1:30 p.m. ceremony for Akeel Lynch (Penn State) and many other players followed by a trip to St. Joe's for a 2:30 ceremony for Chad Kelly (Clemson).

On the Campus Watch blog, Bob Dicesare has the rundown of UB's signing day class, which includes local standouts Jordan Johnson (Sweet Home), Jaden Cotton (Depew) and Corey Madlock (Cleveland Hill).

You can follow my day via Twitter at @KeithMcSheaBN as I gather info for a story for tomorrow's paper.

Speaking of Twitter, there has been quite a lot of feedback to my column today regarding high school athletes' tweeting.

We will have our live chat tonight as well, starting with a video portion at 8 p.m.

I promise I'll get to your question or comment in the chat -- but please be patient. It can get busy fielding all of the questions and I can only answer one at a time. And PLEASE don't enter your question/comment multiple times -- that only makes things more hectic.

Here's the replay of our video portion of tonight's chat (give it a few minutes to load):

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Our previous winter chats: Jan. 25 (pre-Canisius-Joe's), Jan. 18 (2012 video debut), Jan. 11 (2012 debut/Aquinas-Kearney viewing), Dec. 14 (from the MMA-ECIC Challenge), All-WNY football talk (Dec. 7 w/video); our first was Nov. 30 (live from the Pastor-Cooper Showcase tipoff).

Our chats of the 2011 fall season: Nov. 16Nov. 9Nov. 2Oct. 26Oct. 19Oct. 12Oct. 5Sept. 28Sept. 21 (our video chat debut)Sept. 14Sept. 7 and our preseason chat (Aug. 31), which also includes links to all of of the chats from 2010-11.

As always, if you have a question but you won't be able to make the chat, post one in the comments section here, email me, Tweet it or post it on Facebook and I'll do my best to address it.

---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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