February 8, 2014 - 9:00 PM
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: