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Friday Night Live: OP routs Timon, 11-3, in boys lacrosse (with video)

We'll be live at Tifft Farms' Paul Fitzpatrick Field in South Buffalo for arguably the best boys lacrosse matchup of the Western New York season as Orchard Park visits Bishop Timon-St. Jude at 7.

I'll have Tom Borrelli Memorial Fund raffle tickets. They are just $5 each. Any help is greatly appreciated.

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6:55 p.m. We're online from the press box at Paul Fitzpatrick Field at the George J. Hartman Playfields here -- what is commonly referred to as Tifft Farms. Quite a mouthful. We're to have some sort of pregame senior night tribute.

7:18 p.m. Orchard Park to a quick 4-0 lead with OP calling a timeout with 3:32 left in the first quarter. The Quakers look very good at both ends.

Stirring pregame action. (Keith McShea/Buffalo News)Timon standout Chris Kane, who is in uniform and was announced before the game as one of the Tigers' seniors, is not playing. Word in the press box is that it is due to a suspension of some kind. More to come on that later. Obviously disappointing that one of the best players in the area is not on the field for one of the best matchups of the year.

7:24 p.m. At the END OF THE FIRST QUARTER, Orchard Park still has a 4-0 lead on Timon. Timon ended the quarter with an extra-man opportunity but couldn't convert -- the final play was a transition chance for OP and Timon goalie Dave Scarcello made a nice save on Sean Rimmer at the horn. 

7:40 p.m. OP's lead is still 4-0 with 2:59 left in the second quarter; Timon just called a timeout following a solo clear by goalie Scarcello. OP has continued to have the better of the play but Timon has had more possessions.

7:46 p.m. OP with a timeout with 18 seconds left in the second quarter with OP now up, 6-1. OP has the ball in the Timon end and called the timeout to set up a final possession.

After the last timeout, that worked well for Timon, which scored its first goal after that whistle when Brett Carroll scored off an assist by fellow senior Mark Almquist with 2:45 left.

OP responded just over a minute later on a very nice solo effort by Rimmer, who flat-out beat his longstick as he came from behind the right side of the goal and then unleashed another low stinger of a shot that got a piece of Scarcello but then rolled over the line.

With 38 seconds left in the half, OP cashed in just after the end of an extra-man opportunity in which it had great ball movement -- Rimmer was found wide open in front of the cage by Johnson.

7:48 p.m. We are at HALFTIME and OP leads Timon, 6-1. Scarcello stopped a Ben Johnson hard shot just before the end of the half.

Rimmer has three goals and an assist to lead OP while Sean Purtill, Johnson and Kevin Collins also have goals; Matt Wilson, Kole Robinson, Johnson and Rimmer have assists.

Some details on OP's start: Matt Wilson won the opening faceoff to gain a possession that ended with Purtill scoring just 35 seconds into the game; Johnson scored all alone in front off a nice long feed from the top right by Wilson for a 2-0 lead with 7:43 left in the first; Collins coverted a behind-the-cage feed from Rimmer with 5:52 left.

The best goal of the half was the fourth, as Robinson, the sophomore longstick middle, came out of a scramble in the OP end, cleared the ball and zinged a pass ahead to Rimmer, who scored on a slick sidearm shot.

8:13 p.m. At the END OF THE THIRD QUARTER, OP leads Timon, 7-1.

Rimmer added another goal off an extremely pretty passing play. The Quakers killed off an extra-man opportunity for Timon thanks to a strong ground ball and a clear by junior Cullen Mangino. OP worked the ball around, waited for the penalty to expire, then set up a play (with assistant coach Larry Catalano calling some of the moves being carried out) in which junior midfielder Trevor Vargo drove hard down the right side, passed back to the right corner to senior attack Sean Purtill, who found an open Rimmer in front of the net. Textbook.

8:30 p.m. OP calls a timeout with 3:04 left in the game owning an 11-3 lead.

Rimmer added another goal as Wilson found him open right in front of the net. Timon senior Luke Mann provided some highlights for the home crowd with two nice efforts for goals to make the game 8-3 -- but OP came right back and ended any chance of drama.

Mike Fischer scored off a Trevor Vargo pass just 47 seconds after Mann's second goal to put OP up, 9-3, with 7:51 to play. Collins collected a high pass from Wilson as he bore down on Scarcello to score over the goalie with 6:43 lef for a 10-3 lead. Rimmer added his sixth goal after Timon started getting desperate -- Scarcello rushed Rimmer well outside the cage but he was able to get the ball past him before the hit. 

8:33 p.m. OP calls a timeout with 1:17 left in the game with its 11-3 lead. OP looks as it has cleared the bench.

8:37 p.m. We have a FINAL SCORE: Orchard Park 11, Timon 3.

Off to get quotes and write a story.

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Postgame reaction from OP:

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My story is online here, where Timon coach Mike Burke called the suspension of Kane a "school administration suspension."

It obviously would have been great to see Timon with Kane -- it's not often that OP plays a team from Western New York that is a truly significant threat. I think OP probably still wins, but you never know.

OP jumped to a 4-0 lead and that set a tone for both sides, and even the press box -- it was a message that OP had brought the complete game it always does. Timon hung around all the way to into the fourth quarter, but I think that after that start OP knew what it had and knew it wasn't going to get beat.

The Quakers are annually impressive with its athletic midfielders and defenseman -- just the speed and the stature of the players while they are going on solo clears is enough to earn a "wow." Robinson, Gary Davies, and Cullen Mangino were just some of the very strong sticks with very strong legs.

However, Timon made enough plays -- and Scarcello made enough saves (and started enough clears) -- that it sure would have been interesting to see if they had Kane to simply possess the ball on offense. Several early possessions were short-lived against a serious OP defense. Burke said Kane -- who played at attack in some games -- would have played midfield (as he did last year) and would have made an impact throught on both ends.

Despite the close call to Clarence this week (11-7), OP is again an overwhelming favorite in Section VI Class A as the tournament starts next week. Timon rolled through the Monsignor Martin Association and should is expected to earn a berth in a Catholic state title game against one of the powers from Long Island.   

---Keith McShea

OP-Timon game is 7 p.m. Friday -- at Tifft

Just got confirmation earlier about the site of Friday night's boys lacrosse showdown between host Bishop Timon-St. Jude and Orchard Park. It's 7 p.m. at Tifft Farms' Paul Fitzpatrick Field in South Buffalo.

Orchard Park is 13-1 with its only loss coming to Pennslyvania power Mount Lebanon in OP's only game against an out-of-town opponent. Timon (12-4) and has won 12 of its last 14; its losses have been to Long Island's Holy Trinity, Pennsylvania's Seneca Valley, West Seneca East and Aquinas (11-7 on Wednesday).

OP won last year's game, 18-3, before advancing to the Class A state championship game. Also Friday night is the Section VI tournament seedings meeting, where the sectional schedule will be finalized.

---Keith McShea

More from the Section VI boys golf championships

For Alex Kammerer, it was an unfortunate end to a memorable round.

The Niagara-Wheatfield sophomore found himself in a playoff with Matt Petrosian of Lew-Port for Monday's Section VI golf title.

Niagara-Wheatfield sophomore and Section VI runner-up Alex Kammerer, right, is headed to the state tournament along with champion Matt Petrosian of Lew-Port. (Mark Mulville/Buffalo News) Instead, he took an eight on the par 5, 10th hole, putting back-to-back shots in the fields to the right of the fairway. Petrosian wasn't much better taking a 7, but it was enough to win the title.

Kammerer settled for second place in the field of 72, not a bad consolation prize.

Kammerer posted the lowest score after the first 18 holes, a 1-under 71. He had a 39 over the final 9.

"It bothers me that I kind of blew up on the playoff hole, but it really doesn't bother me too much because I'm going to states. I'm still happy about the day," said Kammerer. "I pushed my drive and got a real bad kick, and it pushed into the hazard. [Then] I made stupid move. I should have made a smarter play and ended up hitting a shot back into the hazard. From there on, it was just a disaster."

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* With the win, Petrosian joins a select fraternity of Lew-Port golfers who have won Section VI golf titles. Frank Garcia won it in 1998 and Nick Morreale of the Lancers was the 1997 champion. Petrosian looks to continue his golf career as a walk-on at Division II University of Tampa.

* Lew-Port was the only team to qualify two golfers. Joining Petrosian was teammate Mike Boss, a junior. Iroquois had two make the team, but only junior Brennan Fonfara is expected to play while Kyle Kapturowski is the alternate. Fonfara birdied No. 14 twice and made a nice save on No. 15 after hitting into the hazard.

* Diamond Hawk made a big impression on some of the top finishers. Most said the greens were firm and rolled great.

* Senior Scott Brady of Olean earned his first trip to states. His round was highlighted by a 50-foot, par-saving putt on his last hole. He's taking his golf talent and ping-pong skills to St. Bonaventure in the fall.

* Austin Nowak of Lancaster returns to states after finishing 13th last year.

* Williamsville East's Sean Mahon's first 18 holes included chip-ins on No. 7 and No. 16.

* Kyle Jeziorski of Orchard Park carded an eagle on No. 9, capped with a 20-foot putt.

* How about that Niagara Frontier League with golfers finishing 1-2, on an Erie County course, no less?

* The Lancaster-Depew rivalry doesn't quite extend to golf as Andrew Romano of Depew and Austin Nowak of Lancaster have played their share of rounds together. They'll play two more at states. "Right now I'm not playing to my full potential," said Romano. "Me and Austin, gees we got so many rounds in. We actually had good weather to start the year off, but we could both play so much better."

---Mary Jo Monnin

Video: Clarence beats buzzer, shocks OP

Here are the best highlights from the Section VI Class AA semifinals Thursday night.

Here's Tyler Funk's buzzer-beater for Clarence to force overtime. OP's Troy Nowak missed the first free throw, then made the second to make it a three-point game, leaving Clarence with 10.5 seconds left:

Here's the end of the Red Devils' 67-61 win for a very happy Clarence basketball crowd. At the start of the video, Clarence has a four-point lead with less than 20 seconds left.

---Keith McShea

Thursday Night Live from Buffalo State: Jamestown routs NT, Clarence shocks OP in OT (with video)

We're live at Buffalo State for one of what I think should be the best nights of the week.

Follow along below through the live chat.

DISCLAIMER: I won't be able to answer many questions because it gets pretty busy here, especially late in games, especially now that I've got the iPhone video going. THANKS for your understanding.

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There is a separate post up with VIDEO of Clarence's buzzer-beater and its fans storming the court.

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Here's my story that was in our final edition; a slightly different version was in the Niagara edition and a hindered-by-a-frozen-computer version was in the Western New York edition.

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And now the rest of the postgame show ...

Highlights and interviews from Jamestown's 57-34 defeat of NT:

Rivera hits a fallaway three late in regulation, his sixth of the game.

Jamestown reaction:

Coach Ben Drake starts here talking about Jamestown's defense against NT standout Aaron Davis.

NT coach Erik O'Bryan postgame:

"I don't know what it is. I'm not really sure what team that was out there tonight.

"I said at halftime, 'They made switches out, they had [Fletcher] Larson on the wing, and we had Lucas [Pichette] in the post, and we don't give him the ball.' I said, 'Yesterday in practice we give him the ball.'

"I thought Lucas, our big fella, showed up tonight. For whatever reason, we just didn't have the movement and the fun style of basketball that we've been accustomed to all year long.

"And let's not take away from how talented they [Jamestown] are. They're very talented. And the thing with Jamestown is you can't get down early. You get down early, and you're forced to play man, and coach Drake does -- and he always has -- they run great sets, and they know who to pick apart. You've got to get up, because they're a set team and they'll take advantage."

My take (and the scorebooks at right) ...

Jamestown scorebook NT scorebook Yes, I picked NT. Swing and a miss. I discussed this during the chat, I believe, and coach O'Bryan mentioned it -- about how NT was not the team it had been late in the season. I only saw them at home, so perhaps that gave me a rosier-than-reality view of the Jacks, but they definitely didn't play like they had been playing. The ball movement wasn't there, the patience wasn't there and the turnovers were everywhere.

Jamestown, on the other hand, was the team we thought they'd be all season. A tremendous job by Rivera and the Red Raiders displayed all of its weaponry -- big guys, quick guys, good defenders, good shooters, deep bench, and, as always, being well coached and running good plays. I suppose I bought into NT having a good thing going, and I suppose I bought into Jamestown not quite being able to put everything together (as has been the case this regular season).

I think people know from my polls that I'm a I'll-believe-it-when-I-see-it guy, in that I need to have a team prove its worth for me to vote for it high in a poll or pick it in a game or whatever. Well, Jamestown definitely proved it on Thursday night. They were terrific. Next stop, Saturday against Cinderella.

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Highlights and interviews from Clarence's 67-61 overtime victory over OP:

Some great fourth quarter action as Clarence takes a 46-45 lead with 1:25 left on Tyler Funk's free throws, which are answered by a Dan Nesci drive for OP (47-46 OP), which is answered by a Greg Lucsok drive for Clarence (48-47 Clarence), which is answered by a Troy Nowak jumper while being fouled (49-48 OP) with about 45 seconds left.

Nowak would miss the free throw. Clarence came upcourt and called a timeout with 23.4 seconds left and then ran an inbounds play for Mahoney but his shot was blocked by Robert Kugler, who was then fouled. Kugler made two clutch free throws for a 52-48 lead for OP.

Clarence scored quickly on a drive-and-dish from Stephen Eckert to Tyler Funk, called a timeout with 11.5 seconds left, then fouled Nowak with 10.5 seconds left.

Here is the link to the buzzer-beating three by Funk.

Here's a good stretch of overtime action, including Nick Mahoney's whirling drive to put Clarence up for good at 63-61.

David Hill is all over a turnover and he bursts downcourt for a layup and a 65-61 lead with less than 20 seconds left.

Here is the link to the end of the game.

OP coach Bob Rumschik postgame:

"They made some tough shots tonight. I thought we could have done a better job on our offensive boards, we were kind of one and done at times; and we forced a couple of key shots when we didn't have to. So close, you know, one free throw in the game could make a difference. I'm really proud of these kids, they had a great season. We played a great team today."

My take (and the scorebooks at right) ...

Orchard Park scorebook Clarence scorebook The first half was more than a little sloppy, but the last four minutes of regulation and the overtime were outstanding. There is a point during the best games at Buffalo State where one team hits a big shot and the crowd goes nuts, and then the other team answers with a big shot and the crowd goes nuts again. This game had that big-time. Best drama of the week.

Also mentioned this during the chat, but Clarence is just playing so comfortably, so together. No one gave them a chance to be where they are (I stuck with my poll ballot and went with OP, just for the record), but they just don't care. Funk is a load to handle down low, Hill kept OP's defense occupied all game because he is a threat -- and other players stepped up; Lucsok is a multi-tasker, Mahoney is all over the court and Eckert stood up well to OP's late pressure with some great drives and dishes. 

A great story. Also, great support from the Clarence fans, who not only came out in big numbers but were into the game big-time. Every time Nowak touched the ball, they booed, hockey-fan-style -- which is nothing but a huge compliment to a great player in Nowak, who hit plenty of big shots.

I feel bad for Robert Kugler of OP, who had a great block late in regulation and then went 2-for-2 at the line in a clutch spot (I'm pretty sure I've seen him struggle at the line in some games) to put OP up by four late in regulation.

---Keith McShea

Thursday Night Showdowns: Vote for the winners

Tonight's Class AA final four is one that we've never seen before at Buffalo State.

Jamestown is used to being part of championship week, Orchard Park has made an appearance here and there, but North Tonawanda and Clarence are playing perhaps their best basketball of the decade.

It makes for quite the intriguing evening for tonight's semifinals. NT-Jamestown is at 6 with OP and Clarence to follow 7:45 p.m. I think the first semifinal will be one of the best of championship week, and the second might not be too far behind.

We'll have live updates from the games tonight. We may go with the CoverItLive format, but if you are in Western New York, you best not be by your computer -- you best be at Buffalo State. 

Reminder: Leave early for that first game. With the construction at Buffalo State supplanting the main large lot near the arena, parking is pretty tough. There is a lot across Grant St. which I've actually used every year. Just don't take my spot.

Plus, start times for Section VI that say 6 p.m usually mean 5:58 p.m. Not the introductions starting early, not the National Anthem starting early. The game starting early.

---Keith McShea

Friday Night Live: OP's Nowak hits buzzer-beating three to stun Jamestown

I'll be courtside for the big ECIC I matchup of Jamestown at Orchard Park tonight.

In between live updates and note-taking and iPhone-video-ing, I might tune in to the internet broadcasts of two key Monsignor Martin games: St. Joe's at Bishop Timon-St. Jude or St. Francis hosting Nichols.  

A special matchup I wrote about in this week's Scholastic Spotlight is the coaching battle of father vs. son as Maryvale and head coach/father Mark Kensy visit Amherst and head coach/son Chris Kensy.

Also tonight: North Tonawanda can clinch a tie for the Niagara Frontier League title with a league schedule-concluding victory over Kenmore West, Lackawanna hosts Section V power Batavia and the Niagara-Orleans/Genesee Region Challenge begins with two games at Genesee Community College.

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When all the action is over, we'll have our second episode of PrepTalkTV up and running later tonight.

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7:42 p.m. We have a seat behind the scorer's table at Orchard Park, where we are about five minutes away from tipoff after senior night ceremonies have delayed the start a bit.

This is my 10th year covering high school sports in Western New York. I have been to the Orchard Park football field several times. I have been to OP lacrosse games and practices several times. This is my first trip to the OP gym, which tells you a little about how good a year the Quakers are having in hoops. 

The gym is mostly white with maroon trim, with a "HOME OF THE QUAKERS" painted in huge block letters on the wall behind me. There are some banners on the wall, but certainly not as many as the school could have. There is a state championship for baseball (1988), football and volleyball (2008) and a separate volleyball banner (1986, 1991). 

7:52 p.m We're about to tip off. 

8:04 p.m. There is 1:59 left in the first quarter with OP leading Jamestown, 13-11. 

8:08 p.m. After the first quarter, Orchard Park leads Jamestown, 16-11. A three-pointer by Joe Lombardo in the final minute for OP came off a nice pass after Troy Nowak and Dan Nesci played something of a two-man game. Nowak is getting a lot of attention from Jamestown's defense, and rightly so. He's got four points but other Quakers are getting involved. 

8:13 p.m. OP takes a timeout after an outstanding play by Darin Butts, who cleanly blocked Nowak's jumper from behind, then went on a fast-break that he finished with a behind-the-back pass to Jaysean Paige for the layup and a 20-19 lead. Awesome play. Not awesome that it's not on the iPhone.

8:16 p.m. Another timeout -- with 4:36 left in the second quarter, Jamestown is up, 24-19, and is looking very good. 

8:25 p.m. Jamestown looking verrrry good. The Red Raiders are up, 36-19, with 28.3 seconds left. Carlos Rivera just called a timeout before getting bumped out of bounds. 

8:30 p.m. At halftime, Jamestown leads OP, 36-21. 

Jamestown OWNed the second quarter, 23-5. The Raiders actually scored all of its points in a 23-0 run; OP scored the first and last baskets of the period, during which Nowak had to sit out a few minutes with a cut.

8:36 p.m. We've got a report from Sean Bruso that Amherst leads Maryvale, 29-24, at halftime.

8:42 p.m. Jamestown calls a timeout with 4:32 left in the third quarter with the Red Raiders up, 42-26.

8:52 p.m. At the end of the third quarter, Jamestown leads OP, 51-33.

The St. Francis guys are talking like Nichols is going to beat the Raiders, but they don't update the score enough on the air. I like the broadcasts, but that's one thing they can work on.

8:58 p.m. Jamestown coach Ben Drake calls a timeout and is fired up over some missed defensive assignments -- even though the Raiders lead, 55-39. 

CANESTRO is back for Nichols. Just verified it when I heard is name on the St. Francis broadcast after he hit a three.  Again, sounds like Nichols is in control, but I don't hear a score. Granted, I'm listening in portions, but the radio rule is to say the score every once in a while.

Whoa. They just said it -- 71-45 Nichols with about three minutes left in the fourth.

A Nowak three brings OP to within 55-42 and we've got about six minutes to go.

9:01 p.m. An OP timeout with Jamestown up, 59-42, withi 4:53 left.

9:06 p.m. WOW. Quite a run for OP, which now trails, 61-55, with 2:21 left.

9:08 p.m. Another steal and a layup for OP, which calls a timeout trailing, 61-57, with 1:55 left. WOW.

9:13 p.m. Jamestown's lead is now 61-60 with 1:18 left. Unbelievable.

9:14 p.m. Still 61-60, Jamestown ball, 41.5 seconds left.

9:19 p.m. STILL 61-60, OP ball, 4.5 seconds left. 

Report from Timon says St. Joe's won there. Whoa.

9:23 p.m. We have a final score: TROY NOWAK hits a BUZZER-BEATING THREE-POINTER and ORCHARD PARK beats JAMESTOWN, 63-61.

I don't go to the all-caps often. But that was ridiculous.

More to come, including video of the game-winner.

10:06 p.m. Did interviews, got the box score and a writeup into the paper and we're editing video right now for PrepTalkTV. Reporter Lauren Mariacher got here for the fourth quarter -- right on time to catch all the action. Unbelievable.

The victory gives OP the ECIC I title for the first time since 1998, when former Canisius College standout Brian Dux was a junior.

Nowak's three-pointer from the left side, shot over the outstretched arms of Jamestown 6-foot-8 center Fletcher Larson, turned a 61-60 lead for Jamestown into a stunning victory for Orchard Park, whose bleacher full of students rushed the floor in celebration.

The game-winning play relied on great passes by two reserves who had hardly seen any action in the game. The Quakers inbounded the ball from underneath their own basket with 4.5 seconds left. Junior Kyle Witkowski, with the basket to his left, inbounded the ball down the right side of the court and his overhand pass found junior guard Ryan Lindquist. Lundquist whipped a fantastic crosscourt pass to a streaking Nowak. Nowak's shot ball went through the net as the buzzer sounded.

Jamestown coach Ben Drake called the loss, "crushing."

11:04 p.m. Just got kicked out of the Orchard Park gym by a janitor. I'm not happy. Seething.

I asked someone from OP if we would be fine after the game and he said we were. Argh. I guess these are the frustrations of getting into the video business.

As soon as the video is completed, it will be posted here. Our apologies.

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Here's Friday's edition of PrepTalkTV:

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Some other big results from tonight:

As I mentioned above, Canestro is back for Nichols, which is much more newsworthy than even the Vikings' 72-54 rout at St. Francis.  

So welcome back Canestro, and welcome back St. Joe's. The Marauders get a really big win at Timon, 60-53. St. Joe's gets its mojo back just in time for Sunday's trip to Canisius at 3 p.m. (I'll be there instead of the Daytona 500 for the first time in a while, and no, that's not a complaint). 

In the battle of father vs. son, dad Mark Kensy and his Maryvale team beat son Chris Kensy, the coach of Amherst. Blair Estarfaa's layup in the final seconds made the difference in the 61-60 thriller.

North Tonawanda clinches a share for the Niagara Frontier League title with a 55-43 win over Kenmore West

A nice win for West Seneca West, which beats Frontier, 45-44.

Lackawanna fell to Section V power Batavia at home, 50-43.

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Here is the scoreboard.

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Of course, if you see a game tonight, let us know what you thought of the action, the teams, the players, even the programs, the PA guy and the concession stand.

---Keith McShea

Tuesday Night Live: Lockport wins at NT, Nichols beats St. Francis (with video); also: OP wins, Grover loses

Hello from what should be a three-stop day of hoops.

6:28 p.m. We arrive at Erie Community College and it is a competitive first quarter -- until Darale Young hits a three and Justin Stokes puts down a one-handed slam (not on video! argh!) to give Middle College a 19-11 lead after the quarter.

6:50 p.m. So much for that competitive start -- Middle College is up, 41-16, after an obviously dominant second quarter.

Nice give-up by Davon Alexander for the Young finish.

6:52 p.m. Out the back door of ECC, across the street to the parking lot and we've got Lockport on WLVL -- it's fuzzy -- I think it might be a girls game. Yup. Just heard "Lady Lions" from Norm Palmer. We're off to NT for the Lockport boys' visit there.

7:23 p.m. We have arrived at NT with Lockport leading, 16-13, with less than six minutes left in the second quarter.

For you Lady Lions fans, Lockport leads the NT girls, 32-14, late in the second quarter. A fun listen with some great stuff from Palmer.

7:41 p.m. At halftime, NT leads Lockport, 27-24. Darrik Bloomfield had a three-point play off a nice follow to give NT the three-point lead.

Lockport was up, 24-21, when Shannon Haynes found Andrew Bailey on a nice basket inside. NT tied it at 24 when Joe Montesanti hit a three-pointer. Montesanti leads all scorers with 10 - he also banked in a three. Haynes has nine, Bloomfield has seven as does Lockport's Sean Smith while Aaron Davis of NT has six.

8:05 p.m. NT leads, 43-42, after three quarters.

8:16 p.m. NT is up, 49-46, with 2:31 left.

8:20 p.m. NT up, 50-49, with 1:10 left.

8:32 p.m. We have a FINAL SCORE: Lockport 54, NT 50. Senior Andrew Granchelli goes 5 of 6 at the line in the final minute. Clutch.

8:55 p.m. Nichols is up big, 69-56, with 2:52 left. 9:06 p.m. We have a FINAL SCORE: Nichols 74, St. Francis 64.

From what I heard on the St. Francis broadcast on my way here and from talking with some fans, Frannies played Nichols tough in the first half but it was all Nichols in the second.

We'll have more details ASAP and some videos later on.

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Let's go to Mary Jo Monnin live in the newsroom ... Grover Cleveland loses to Bennett, Jamestown loses at home to Orchard Park. Wow. More to come.

There were a TON of games tonight and they'll be on the Web as soon as possible.

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For people who like typing, "scores?????" when we're obviously trying to get them together as soon as possible, some good news: tonight's scoreboard has been posted.

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If you were out at a game, let us know what you thought of the action, the teams, the players and even the concession stand.

---Keith McShea

Big summer helped OP's Druding

Orchard Park senior Jaymie Druding, who is currently out about three weeks with a knee injury, is headed to the University of Maine next year on scholarship, an opportunity that came about due to an excellent summer in AAU play with the Jamestown Elite program.

"It was my first year [participating in summer play], and this was the year I needed it," said Druding. "It really helped. I kept going to tournaments throughout the summer, and the more I went to, the more scouts I had. It went from four to five local schools to like 15 to 20. It was definitely worth it."

---Keith McShea

Thursday Night Live: Clarence girls hand No. 1 OP its first loss; No. 10 OP boys survive in OT (with lots of video)

I'm starting here at One News Plaza, but the plan is to catch a little bit of Hutch-Tech's boys game against City Honors, and then head to Clarence for its girls-boys doubleheader against Orchard Park (girls at 6 p.m., boys to follow). Not a bad ECIC I doubleheader -- Clarence, which is having good basketball seasons in both boys and girls, is hosting the No. 1 girls large school and the No. 10 boys large school.   

5:54 p.m. We're signing off and making the trip a few blocks away uptown to Hutch-Tech.

6:19 p.m. Hutch-Tech has an 18-16 lead with 6:24 left in the second quarter.  I was there for the final minute of the first quarter and the first minute of the second, and the only basket scored made for a nice highlight -- a nice drive for Hutch-Tech.

I'm off to Clarence.

6:55 p.m. Arrive at Clarence where the host Red Devil girls are trying to hand top-ranked Orchard Park its first loss of the season. Clarence leads OP, 41-37, after three quarters.

OP standout senior Jaymie Druding is out for about three weeks with an leg injury, obviously a big loss for the Quakers. You can see her crutches near the bench.

Sidenote: A flying chest-bump to copy editor Geoff Nason, who changed the headline of this blog from Wednesday Night Live to Thursday Night Live. Whoops.

7:03 p.m. Some nice back-and-forth action and Clarence has a 47-44 lead with 4:31 left in the game.

7:18 p.m. Senior guard Val Nappo has hit six straight free throws and Clarence continues to lead, 55-51, with 21.3 seconds left.

OP junior Taylor Swiatek hits a huge three-pointer to bring the Quakers within one at 55-54.

7:23 p.m. We have a FINAL SCORE from the girls game: Clarence 56, Orchard Park 54.

Clarence girls book Orchard Park girls book The Quakers had a final shot to tie but it came up short. A big celebration and a big finishing call by Clarence sophomore PA guy/team manager Dominic Taverna.

Scorebooks for each team are at the right.

The Clarence reaction, starting with coach Erin Roos:

Coach didn't say anything about cookies, though ...

8:01 p.m. After the first quarter of the boys game, Clarence has a 16-11 lead. Nice pace to the game.

8:03 p.m. Rant alert: I HATE scoreboards that, during timeouts, don't show the time left but instead show the time counting down in the timeout. Hate it. The game is tied at 19-19 at some point in the middle of the second quarter but I don't know how much time because I'm staring at 11 ... 10 .... 9 ... . Canisius and Clarence get D-merits for that. Do they still have D-merits?

8:08 p.m. Really nice game here, and Troy Nowak of OP seems to have a ton of points. OP takes a 26-24 lead and Clarence calls a timeout with 2:02 left in the second.

8:13 p.m. At halftime, OP leads Clarence, 26-24.

A funny moment of the first half. Some Orchard Park dudes and dudettes have made the trip (nice job by them), and when a Clarence player was at the free throw line, an OP player on the bench turned around to his OP people.

OP player on bench: "Hey, say something."

Buddy in bleachers, a little confused: "What do you want me to say?"

[Pause as Clarence player steps to the line]

Buddy in the bleachers: "AHAHAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!"

8:29 p.m. I've been checking in with the office about the girls game so I've missed some action but OP leads, 30-26, with less than five minutes left in the third.

8:32 p.m. OP coach Bob Rumschik calls a timeout with the Quakers, leading, 35-28, with 3:08 left in the third.

8:38 p.m. At the end of the third quarter, OP's lead is cut to 37-36 on a three-pointer in the final seconds from Clarence's Greg Lucsok.

8:43 p.m. OP calls a timeout with Clarence ahead, 40-39, with 5:52 left.

Hill's three-pointer puts Clarence up, 43-39, and DJ Dominic gets busy.

Nesci finishes off a nice hustle play with a three to put OP up, 44-43, and Nowak blocks a big man's shot on the other end.

8:49 p.m. A great finish of a tough fast-break drive by OP sophomore Matt McCormick gives the Quakers a 46-45 lead.

With 2:28 left, Rumschik calls a timeout.

8:54 p.m. After a McCormick three puts OP up three, Clarence calls a timeout trailing, 49-46, with 20.7 seconds left.

Late in regulation, DJ Dominic with a nice job, reminding the Clarence fans who are nearly spilling on to the court across the way that sportsmanship comes first in "the Devil's Den."

8:56 p.m. Clarence dribbles across halfcourt and calls another timeout with 15.5 seconds left.

8:58 p.m. Clarence's David Hill takes a DEEEEP three-pointer and swishes it in the final seconds; OP misses a desperation heave, and we're going to OVERTIME.

Jeesh. Unbelievable. Tied at 49-49.

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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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