By Keith McShea
It's Championship Week in boys basketball, with big games in both the Manhattan Cup and Section VI playoffs, while there is girls basketball playoff action today as well.
I'll be at Canisius High School for the semifinals, as Canisius meets Nichols at 6 p.m. followed by a terrific game of Bishop Timon-St. Jude vs. St. Mary's at 7:30.
At Buffalo State, Championship Week continues with a tripleheader of games in Class B-2 (Salamanca vs. Cleveland Hill, 5:30 p.m.) and the A-2 semifinals of Amherst vs. Lew-Port at 7 and Cheektowaga vs. Maryvale at 8:30 p.m. News Reporter Mary Jo Monnin is on hand for those.
Down at Jamestown Community College, the Class D semifinals will take place while the girls tournament continues with A-2, B-2 and C-2 semifinal action.
As always, we'll certainly be looking forward to your #PrepTalkLive updates from these contests via Twitter.
Our scoreboard page has a full schedule of tonight's games -- that same page will have box scores as games are reported to us throughout the evening.
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We want tweets from all varsity sports, every season, every day of the week. The #preptalklive blog (and hashtag) -- as it was during football season -- is the place to check out scores from all over Western New York.
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Canisius coach Kyle Husband on the loss:
"That team we just lost to, one, played very well together, and played very hard. Unfortunately, they came out today … and they played harder than we did -- which I always think is one of our better attributes -- and they played more together than we did.
"In any sport, obviously people are not going to lay down and let you win. And I think a little bit of that crept in. We played back on our heels until it was too late.
"They made more plays than we did throughout the entire game. They made bigger shots than we did, they made better passes than we did, they certainly rebounded the ball better than we did, and they probably defended at a higher level."
I asked Husband about it seemed like it was 'one of those nights' early on:
"Whether it was a bounce that went right into their hands, or missed free throws, missed layups, 2 for 18 from three … it was definiltey one of those nights. But when you don’t play as hard as the other team, that’s what happens.
"It’s certainly not an excuse because we didn’t make shots. In the Timon game, I said we made shots because we passed the ball at a high level, because we had better energy … we didn’t do that today as a team.
"And after this many months, and after as many good wins that we’ve had, obviously the disappointment is pretty high."