By Keith McShea
Here's a look at the Monsignor Martin Association boys basketball playoff picture -- standings and schedule -- heading into Monday's season finales. The playoff matchups are set.
MANHATTAN CUP PLAYOFF SCHEDULE
Tuesday's play-in game
8-St. Francis vs. 9-Cardinal O'Hara, 5 p.m. at St. Joe's
at St. Joe's
7-Archbishop Walsh at 2-St. Joe's, 5 p.m.
6-Niagara Catholic vs. 3-Bishop Timon/St. Jude, 6:30 p.m.
St. Francis/O'Hara at 1-Canisius, 5 p.m.
Nichols vs. St. Mary's, 6:30 p.m. (seedings to be determined)
Sunday's semifinals at Canisius College
Winners of games at Canisius HS, 6 p.m.
Winners of games at St. Joe's, 7:30 p.m.
Wed. Feb. 27 at Canisius College, 7 p.m.
(Note: If a Class B team beats St. Joe's or Timon to advance to the semifinals; a separate Class B playoff will be held, with the final at 6 p.m. Feb. 27 and the Manhattan Cup final following at 7:45)
Standings (with current seedings, overall record, league record and remaining schedule; seedings which are set are in bold)
1-Canisius (19-4, 11-0)
2-St. Joe's (19-5, 9-2)
3-Bishop Timon-St. Jude* (11-13, 7-4)
4-St. Mary's (18-6, 8-4)
5-Nichols (17-6, 8-4, Tuesday vs. Lew-Port)
6-Niagara Catholic (10-13, 5-7)
7-Archbishop Walsh (7-17, 2-10)
8-St. Francis (7-17, 1-10)
9-Cardinal O'Hara (3-21, 1-11)
Notes: Traditional "small" schools play 12 total games; traditional "large" schools play 11 total games. ... Bishop Timon-St. Jude is placed ahead of St. Mary's and Nichols in the standings because it beat both of them in their only head-to-head league meetings. ... If St. Mary's and Nichols are tied, a coin flip will determine the higher seed, although with that being for the 4-5 spot and the quarterfinal being held on a neutral site, there isn't much difference between being No. 4 or 5).
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