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#PrepTalkLive on a special-edition Saturday, concluding with Middle Early College's huge Yale Cup win at McKinley (with VIDEO)

By Keith McShea

It's a special Saturday in boys basketball in that there are several top teams in action, and there's a lot on the line (with just one week to go to Section VI's Selection Saturday).

I know where I'll be ending up today: The very important Yale Cup showdown of Middle Early College at McKinley at 6:30 p.m., a game postponed from Wednesday due to our latest bout with snow. However, the day is full of interesting games, notably first-place Iroquois at Hamburg in top ECIC II action at 1:30, Cathedral Prep (Pa.) -- which is 10-6 on the season -- at No. 1 large school Canisius at 3, and, in another makeup due to weather, Nichols at St. Mary's at 3:30 in a Monsignor Martin matchup of top 10 small schools. 

While I'll be getting to as many games as I can, we'll certainly be looking forward to your #PrepTalkLive updates on Twitter. 

Our scoreboard page has a schedule of today's games -- that same page will have box scores as games are reported to us throughout the evening.

Keep track of the action and contribute to it as well in the blog below -- the easiest way to do that is to tweet updates with the #PrepTalkLive hashtag.

We will set up blogs like this throughout the winter, especially on busy nights -- we'll monitor games via not only our tweets, but those of high school sports fans and followers who use the #preptalklive hashtag.

While tonight is a busy basketball night, we want tweets from all varsity sports 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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Highlights from Iroquois' win at Hamburg, including several from senior Phil Bowen:

Now, you'll hear me on the video above say that Bowen's three was a two. When it happened I was sure he had his foot on the line (I even tweeted it). When I watched the video (including the higher-quality version before it goes to youtube) and tried to go frame-by-frame, it also sure looked like his foot was on the line.

When it happened, I felt like the only guy in the gym who thought it was a two -- no one said a word about it, and obviously you can see the official signal a three immediately even though to me it looks like Bowen's right foot (and maybe even his left) is on the line. Again, in real time I thought his foot was on the line and I'm stunned noone in the gym said anything.

It's certainly no matter now -- Hamburg never hit another shot in the game. However, if it was a two, then it's a tie game, and I think that changes the end-game dynamic completely. Just a weird deal.

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Postgame show from Middle Early College after its win at McKinley:

#PrepTalkLive from Middle Early College ending McKinley's 33-game Yale Cup win streak (with VIDEO), plus your updates

By Keith McShea

It's again a very busy Friday night in basketball, and our stop is a very big one in the Yale Cup as No. 2 large school McKinley aims to keep its outstanding success in league play going against co-No. 4 small school Middle Early College at 7 p.m. at Erie Community College's Flickinger Center, which is MEC's home gym. 

There are a ton of league games in both boys and girls play. As always, we're looking forward to your #PrepTalkLive updates on Twitter. 

Our scoreboard page has a schedule of today's games -- that same page will have box scores as games are reported to us throughout the evening.

Keep track of the action and contribute to it as well in the blog below -- the easiest way to do that is to tweet updates with the #PrepTalkLive hashtag.

We will set up blogs like this throughout the winter, especially on busy nights -- we'll monitor games via not only our tweets, but those of high school sports fans and followers who use the #preptalklive hashtag.

While tonight is a busy basketball night, we want tweets from all varsity sports 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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A couple of highlights:

And the postgame show:

VIDEO: Canisius on its rout of McKinley

#PrepTalkLive from the MLK Classic: Hutch-Tech beats St. Francis in OT; East routs Sweet Home; Canisius clobbers McKinley

By Keith McShea

This afternoon marks one of the highlights of the season with the 10th annual Martin Luther King Jr. Classic. It is again hosted by City Honors and includes some great boys basketball matchups, with the marquee game pitting last year’s co-No. 1 large school champions against each other when current No. 1 Canisius plays McKinley at 2 p.m. (which I wrote about in my Prep Talk column this week).

The event starts with Hutch-Tech and St. Francis at 11 a.m., followed by East against No. 9 large school Sweet Home at 12:30 p.m..

Our scoreboard page has a schedule of today's games -- that same page will have box scores as games are reported to us throughout the evening (our apologies for recent malfunctions on the page -- our team are working to remedy the situation).

Keep track of the action and contribute to it as well in the blog below -- the easiest way to do that is to tweet updates with the #PrepTalkLive hashtag .

We will set up blogs like this throughout the winter, especially on big, busy nights -- we'll monitor games via not only our tweets, but those of high school sports fans and followers who use the #preptalklive hashtag.

While tonight is a busy basketball night, we want tweets from all varsity sports 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.

#PrepTalkLive from huge Yale Cup showdown: McKinley 78, East 74 (with video)

By Keith McShea

Today's best game is one of the best of the year: Two-time defending Yale Cup champion McKinley, winners of 29 straight league games and ranked third in the large school poll, is at No. 1 small school East. Tipoff is 6 p.m.

Our scoreboard page has a schedule of today's games -- that same page will have box scores as games are reported to us throughout the evening.

Keep track of the action and contribute to it as well in the blog below -- the easiest way to do that is to tweet updates with the #PrepTalkLive hashtag .

We will set up blogs like this throughout the winter, especially on big, busy nights -- we'll monitor games via not only our tweets, but those of high school sports fans and followers who use the #preptalklive hashtag.

While tonight is a busy basketball night, we want tweets from all varsity sports 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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I'll also be on hand to watch both of these teams on Saturday at the Buffalo Public Schools' MLK Classic at City Honors -- with both playing ranked opponents: East vs. No. 9 large school Sweet Home at 12:30 followed by McKinley vs. No. 1 large school Canisius at 2. 

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Video highlights (McKinley did much of its late work at the line, going 6 for 6 in final minutes):

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The postgame show:

Week Seven Saturday with #PrepTalkLive: Sweet Home, Ken West wrap up Section VI regular season with blowout wins

By Keith McShea

By the end of today, Week Seven Saturday, we'll have all of the Section VI playoff matchups set, we'll see if Sweet Home's streak will continue and we'll find out which team rules Kenmore-Tonawanda.

[UPDATE: Sweet Home wins, 58-22; Ken West wins, 42-0 and the Section VI playoff schedule is SET.] 

I'll be at Sweet Home for its showdown with fellow Class A divisional champion McKinley at 2 p.m. I'll have play-by-play along with scoring and end-of-quarter updates via Twitter (with the hashtag #MCKvSH on #PrepTalkLive).

Another 2 p.m. game not too far away is that we'll keep an eye on is Kenmore East at Kenmore West at Crosby Field; the rivals enter the game with 4-2 records. Pioneer at Eden in B South and Bennett at Barker/Roy-Hart in B North will help clear up the playoff picture for good. 

Check out our exhaustive post that set up the Section VI playoff picture heading into the weekend, and our Section VI playoff schedule post that we'll update as soon as matchups become finalized.

We encourage you to tweet updates with the hashtag #preptalklive attached -- that's the quickest way for us to share the information through the live chat (tweets with that hashtag will automatically show up -- our old friend #preptalkscores will work as well). 

Our high school scoreboard page will have the final scores and details as soon as they are reported to us.

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We'll be back next week with more #PrepTalkLive coverage. 

Week Six Friday with #PrepTalkLive: McKinley wins at Will South to win Class A Central title

It's Week Six of the seven-week regular season, and I'll be at Williamsville South for its Class A Central title-deciding game against McKinley. I'll have play-by-play from the game (#MCKvWSO at 7 p.m.) along with scoring and end-of-quarter updates via Twitter.

We'll also have News reporters and photojournalists at top league games of Frontier at Lancaster in Class AA (#FROvLANC at 7:30), Eden at Depew (#EDENvDEP at 7:30) in B South and as well as the rivalry game of West Seneca East at West Seneca West (#WSEvWSW at 7). 

Most of those games will have a postseason impact of some sort, while there plenty of other games that will as well. Check out my post on the Section VI playoff picture.

We encourage you to tweet updates with the hashtag #preptalklive attached -- that's the quickest way for us to share the information through the live chat (tweets with that hashtag will automatically show up -- our old friend #preptalkscores will work as well). Live chat comments are certainly welcome too. 

Our high school scoreboard page will have the final scores and details as soon as they are reported to us.

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We'll be back tomorrow afternoon with more #PrepTalkLive coverage as I'll be at the 2 p.m. B North showdown of Burgard at Cheektowaga

Countdown to Friday Night Lights: A Central

By Keith McShea

Who’s who: The six-team division consists of the East Panthers, McKinley Macks, Riverside Frontiers, Williamsville East Flames, Williamsville North Spartans and Williamsville South Billies.

Continue reading "Countdown to Friday Night Lights: A Central" »

McKinley basketball state championship page in Monday's paper

By Keith McShea

The News' tribute to the state champions of the winter season began today with a poster page devoted to the McKinley boys basketball team.

Next Monday there will be a poster page of the St. Joe's hockey team.

You can purchase high-quality versions of the championship pages at buffalonewsstore.com.

There will also be a page, to be published at a yet-to-be-determined date, devoted to individual state champions from the winter.

Live from the Federation Class A boys semifinals: NYC's John Adams 69, McKinley 54 (w/PrepTalkTV video)

By Keith McShea

McKinley's very memorable season came to an end with a 69-54 loss to New York City's John Adams Friday afternoon at the Times Union Center. 

The Macks, who had a memorable run to win the state public school title last weekend in Glens Falls, ran into a team which was a bit bigger, a bit better at slowing the pace and better shooting the ball. The New York State Public Schools Athletic Association champion Macks finish 22-4.

The victory makes John Adams (25-5) the first PSAL Class A team to reach Federation final since Benjamin Banneker in 2001. Adams will play independent representative Albany Academy in Saturday night's 5 p.m. final. Albany Academy (16-4) hit a buzzer-beating three-pointer for a 43-40 victory over state Catholic champion Nazareth (which defeated Canisius in the Catholic final).  

Senior Marcus Morris had 18 points (on 7-of-17 shooting, including 3 of 8 from three-point range) to lead McKinley. Morris was hampered by foul trouble which included a questionable technical foul with 5:35 left in the third quarter. 

Senior Reyjzon Jordan had 15 points for the Macks, including four three-pointers, many of which were launched late and kept the Macks hovering about 10 points behind John Adams.

Continue reading "Live from the Federation Class A boys semifinals: NYC's John Adams 69, McKinley 54 (w/PrepTalkTV video)" »

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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.

@KeithMcSheaBN | kmcshea@buffnews.com

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