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#PrepTalkLive from Championship Tuesday: Olean, McKinley, Middle Early College win

By Keith McShea

Championship Week in boys basketball actually lasts longer than a week -- it extends to tonight's Section VI overall championships at Buffalo State College. The tripleheader starts at 5:30 p.m. with Class C (C-1 champion Middle Early College vs. C-2 champion Randolph) and continues at 7 with a highly anticipated Class B final (B-1 champion Olean vs. B-2 champion East) and concludes around 8:30 with Class A (A-1 champion McKinley vs. A-2 winner Cheektowaga).

As always, we'll certainly be looking forward to your #PrepTalkLive contributions 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.

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 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.

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.

#PrepTalkLive from the Manhattan Cup championship: Nichols 49, Bishop Timon-St. Jude 43 (with VIDEO)

By Keith McShea

Championship Week concludes in boys basketball today with the biggest stand-alone game of the season: The Monsignor Martin Association's Manhattan Cup final in boys basketball. Bishop Timon-St. Jude meets Nichols at 6:30 p.m. There are also Section VI girls basketball championships today. 

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.

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 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.

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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#PrepTalkLive from Championship Saturday evening: Jamestown (AA), McKinley (A-1) win boys basketball titles

By Keith McShea

Championship Week continues in boys basketball today and I'll be at Buffalo State College for five games on one of the biggest days on the high school calendar.

This post will account for the afternoon session, which includes the Section VI Class A-1 final between McKinley and Williamsville South (6:30) and the AA championship between Jamestown and Clarence (8:15). 

There is also some championship action going on throughout the state as it is the finals (evening) of the New York State Public High School Athletic Association championships in wrestling (at Albany's Times-Union Center), among others.

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.

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 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.

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.

VIDEO: Cheektowaga wins A-2 title on 'THUD'-three

By Keith McShea

Here are some video views of the end of Cheektowaga's 69-68 victory over Amherst in the Section VI Class A-2 championship game.  It was the program's first sectional title.

#PrepTalkLive from Championship Saturday afternoon: East, Olean, Cheektowaga win boys hoops finals & updates from throughout the state

By Keith McShea

Championship Week continues in boys basketball today and I'll be at Buffalo State College for five games on one of the biggest days on the high school calendar.

This post will account for the afternoon session, which includes the Section VI Class B-2 final at noon (East vs. Cleveland Hill), the B-1 final at 1:45 (Olean vs. Fredonia) and the A-2 final at 3:30 (Cheektowaga vs. Amherst). 

There is also some championship action going on throughout the state as it is the semifinals (afternoon) and finals (evening) of the New York State Public High School Athletic Association championships in wrestling (at Albany's Times-Union Center), the finals in boys swimming (at the Webster Aquatic Center), the state championship meet in indoor track (at Cornell University), girls gymnastics (at Brockport State), among others.

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.

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 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.

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.

#PrepTalkLive from Championship Friday: Middle Early College, Randolph, Sherman win titles

By Keith McShea

Championship Week continues in boys basketball today and I'll be at Jamestown Community College for three games in what is usually a fantastic environment: Class D final at 5:30 p.m. (Sherman vs. Panama); C-2 final at 7 (Randolph vs. Maple Grove) and C-1 final at 8:30 (Middle Early College vs. Silver Creek).

The girls tournament also continues with the AA semifinals at Kenmore West. 

There is also some key action going on throughout the state as it is the first day of the New York State Public High School Athletic Association championships in wrestling (at Albany's Times-Union Center) and boys swimming (at the Webster Aquatic Center).

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.

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 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.

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.

#PrepTalkLive from Championship Week Thursday: Will South, McKinley to meet in A-1 final

By Keith McShea

Championship Week continues in boys basketball today. I'll be at Buffalo State for the A-1 semifinals as North Tonawanda meets Williamsville South at 6 p.m., followed by McKinley against Hamburg at 7:45.

The girls tournament also continues with B-1 and C-1 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.

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 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.

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.

VIDEO: Nichols coach & players after stunning upset of Canisius

VIDEO: Section VI boys hoops winners from Amherst, Cheektowaga & Cleveland Hill

#PrepTalkLive from Championship Week Wednesday: NICHOLS UPSETS CANISIUS, 57-50; Timon beats St. Mary's in OT

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.

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 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.

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."

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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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