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How The News voted (basketball tips off)

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.

This is just one ballot -- there are nine other voters in each poll. Here is this week's News poll (as well as the list of this year's pollsters).

Here's a link to our final "How The News voted" post from last season

LARGE SCHOOLS

1. Niagara Falls (1-1) [last year's final poll: 2] -- If I had a preseason poll (you can blame this year's three-team run to the football state finals for there not being one as part of our preview or outlook :-) ), I would have had Canisius No. 1. The Wolverines got their season started with a momentous victory over Bishop Kearney. Yes, they lost the next day to Brunswick of Ohio, but that is a high-quality team that I can't automatically seeing any other local team beating. Scheduling back-to-backers like that on opening weekend is worth rewarding.

2. Canisius (0-0) [2] -- Tremendous tip-off tonight with Olean.  

3. Jamestown (1-0) [3] -- The backcourt ... actually, the whole court ... looked terrific in second half of their opening rout of Williamsville South. Another must-see deal tonight as the Red Raiders meet St. Joe's at 6.  

4. McKinley (2-0) [5] -- Grinding teams down (68-51 over Timon) and blowing others out (Yikes: 105-22 over Dunkirk).  

5. Williamsville North (1-0) [NR] -- Had Spartans unofficially 11th to finish last year. Opening win over Batavia, which included not only a tremendous performance by Taplin but also some very good team play with significant contributions from seniors David Berkun and Aman Washington and others. 

6. St. Joe's (3-0) [6] -- They sure posted some big numbers in winning the Lockport Tournament (80-plus in routs of Williamsville East and I-Prep) a few days after the opening double-overtime thriller with the neighboring ... 

7. Kenmore West (0-1) [NR] -- ... Blue Devils, who seemed to have the St. Joe's game in hand a few times but failed to close it out (which you had better do against SJCI). Ken West lost another high-quality early-season game with Bishop Timon-St. Jude on Monday night (which isn't accounted for on any ballot, FYI).  

8. Clarence (2-0) [NR] -- The poll seems to open up a bit here, and the Red Devils may be something of a surprise, but in their tipoff tourney they routed solid small school Oracle Charter before beating a team many expected to be in the top 10 in ...

9. Amherst (2-1) [9] -- ... the Tigers, who have a ton back from last year and own a solid win over Depew at the Pastor-Cooper.  

10. Bishop Timon-St. Jude (0-3) [10] -- Riverside might be in the mix, and perhaps Hutch-Tech, but for now we're going with the Tigers, who showed us enough during a grueling opening trio (McKinley, V-Aquinas, V-Geneva). (Again, the Tigers got a win Monday night but these polls officially close on Sunday).

SMALL SCHOOLS

1. Olean (2-0) [1] -- Huskies opening wins over Bradford and Maple Grove were even more dominant than we expected. With tonight being Canisius' opener, the talented, seasoned, in-the-groove Huskies could head home with a win. On Saturday it took Jamestown pretty much a half of its opener to get going against an overmatched opponent in Will South. Tonight should be a great one. 

2. Middle Early College (2-0) [3] -- Talent level remains very high with Kevin Briggs, Keir Anderson and Bri'an Brown.

3. Silver Creek (2-0) [3] -- Strong start from a team that returns quite a bit from a squad that pushed MEC in last year's C-1 final (back in its OTC days :-) ). 

4. Newfane (1-0) [NR] -- We thought quite highly of St. Mary's after their start, including a win over East at the Pastor-Cooper, so the Panthers' overtime win at the Cataract Classic earns them a nice spot here.

5. St. Mary's (3-1) [2] -- Here are those aforementioned Lancers, who also beat Niagara-Wheatfield and Riverside by double-digits to win the Wilson Tournament. 

6. Depew (1-1) [4] -- An OT loss to Amherst, win over Niagara Catholic, Wildcats get things tipped off this evening at St. Mary's against St. Francis (4:30).

7. East Aurora (1-0) [4 in large school poll] -- Player of the Year is now at UB, but plenty of key cogs return. Nice start with win at Pittsford-Sutherland, which went 16-4 last year. A week from tonight, Blue Devils are at Depew.

8. Nichols (4-0) [NR] -- Quick start to the season has quickly made them a team to watch (again, last night's Sweet Home loss came after the ballots were counted).

9. Lackawanna (2-0) [NR] -- Steelers with a strong start by beating St. Francis and Frontier to win Town of Hamburg Lions Tipoff.

10. Maple Grove (1-1) [7] -- Nice win over East at the Olean Tournament gets them this spot, but there are plenty of suitors.   

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---Keith McShea

(@KeithMcSheaBN on Twitter)

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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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