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Canisius Holds Off Williamsville South

  • Posted on December 15, 2009 at 11:34 pm

If the opening night of the Monsignor Martin Association vs. ECIC Challenge is any indication, it could be a long Wednesday night for Cheektowaga, Holland and even top ranked Niagara Falls.

Canisius high school ended the first night of the challenge with a 68-64 victory over sixth-ranked large school Williamsville South.  With the win the Catholic schools swept all three of the opening Tuesday night showdowns.  Earlier Timon defeated Lackawanna while St. Marys/Lancaster upended Maple Grove.

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Balanced St. Mary’s Attack Beats Maple Grove

  • Posted on December 15, 2009 at 11:31 pm

Chris Secky Buffalo Sports DailyIt was anything but easy, but Monsignor Martin Association vs. ECIC Challenge host St. Mary’s Lancaster found a way to get it done against visiting Maple Grove and two-time All-WNY superstar Chris Secky.

St. Mary’s used balance scoring, timely rebounding and a suffocating defense to hold off a late charge and defeat Maple Grove, 60-54.

After holding a seemingly insurmountable 57-48 lead with 2:16 to play, Maple Grove went on a 6-0 run over the next 1:14 to climb within three with a minute to play.  But a pair of clutch plays by sophomore guard Nathan Meyers helped seal the St. Mary’s win.  First after breaking free down court on an errand inbounds pass, Meyers managed to corral the basketball long enough to call timeout before his momentum carried out of bounds.  Then with 21.8 seconds left and the game still in doubt, he stepped up to the free throw line and calmly sunk both to end any last second Maple Grove comeback threat.

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Timon Rolls On With Win Over Lackawanna

  • Posted on December 15, 2009 at 11:21 pm

Timon Lackawanna Buffalo Sports DailyThe 2009-10 Western New York high school basketball season may just be in its infancy stages, but Timon St. Jude is wasting little time throwing their name in the hat among the area’s elite teams.

The seventh-ranked large school in WNY used the three pointer as its weapon of choice, hitting seven of them in the second half after just two in the first, and held off Lackawanna, 74-67 to improve to 4-0 in the first game of the Mon signor Martin Association vs ECIC Challenge at St. Mary’s of Lancaster high school.

Tigers’ senior big man Dut Dour continued his early scoring onslaught, dropping a team-high 22 points, including eight straight in the second quarter as the Tigers blew open a tight game early and raced out to a 35-22 a lead.  Dour also had 13 rebounds.

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How the Buffalo Bills can still win the division

  • Posted on December 15, 2009 at 11:00 pm

So did you hear the one about the Buffalo Bills capturing the AFC East over the last three weeks and ending their playoff drought? Just like Lloyd Christmas famously muttered in Dumb and Dumber, “So you’re saying there’s a chance.”  Hilarity ensues.

Comical… yes.  Practical.. uh, scarcely.  But by the time I finished playing mathematician, I’ve learned the Bills are still alive to win their division and reach the playoffs for the first time this decade.  Granted, Tiger Woods has a better chance of getting remarried with Jasper Parnevik serving as best man than seeing the Bills in the post season, but hey it’s still doable.

In the three-plus months Buffalo Sports Daily has been on the internet, I’ve possibly desecrated mine and your time more than any previous article (debatable of course).  The research was draining, nearly as arduous as watching 13 weeks’ worth of Buffalo offense.   Then again, what else do I have to do?”Listen to Skip Bayless get his universal hate on every team and athlete on an ESPN’s “First Take” telecast?

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Bills 16, Chiefs 10: Week 14 Film Session

  • Posted on December 15, 2009 at 12:59 pm

The Buffalo Bills improved to 2-2 under interim head coach Perry Fewell and 5-8 on the season in defeating the Kansas City Chiefs, 16-10, in Week 14. The win featured the Bills’ best rushing effort of the season (200 yards on the ground) and another four turnovers forced by the defense, all on interceptions.

As usual, we’ve got some quick thoughts and observations after reviewing the film from the win.

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Preparing For High School Hoops Marathon

  • Posted on December 15, 2009 at 10:15 am

It’s going to be a busy week of high school basketball in Western New York, and it’s going to be an equally hectic week for us at Buffalo Sports Daily.  Beginning tonight, over the next three nights I’m embarking on an adventure that will see me cover 18 of Western New York’s best basketball teams, highlighted by the top two teams in the region squaring off on Wednesday night.

The three-night slate is full of highly ranked teams, intriguing match ups and some of the best talent the region has to offer.

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Holiday Season Ticket Special For Stampede

  • Posted on December 15, 2009 at 9:26 am

With the holiday season in full swing, the Buffalo Stampede of the Premier Basketball League (PBL) has a great holiday special for season tickets that are attractive to any local sports lover on your Christmas shopping list.

The Stampede is offering a pair of general admission season tickets for only $75.00, or two Courtside Reserved season tickets for just $150.00

That’s good for all 10 Stampede home games played at the Canisius College Koessler Athletic Center. The first two home games are Sat. Jan. 9th 7:30pm against Rochester (League Champion) and Sun Jan.10th 2pm against Maryland (Kids Day).

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Bills need to keep pounding the rock

  • Posted on December 15, 2009 at 8:51 am

Marshawn Lynch Buffalo Sports DailyThe Buffalo Bills have struggled to run the ball this season. Amidst massive offensive line changes and a three-game suspension to former starting running back Marshawn Lynch at the outset of the season, the Bills have surpassed 100 rushing yards as a team in just 6 of 13 games this season, to the team’s overall offensive detriment.

Things are turning around for this unit, however. Interim head coach Perry Fewell has re-established the importance of the running game into his offensive game plans, and as a result, the Bills have rushed for over 100 yards as a team in three of Fewell’s first four games as the head man, all in the last three contests. Buffalo’s 200-yard rushing effort in yesterday’s win over the Kansas City Chiefs may have been their most dominant ground performance of the season.

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Potential UB Coach: Getting To Know Jeff Quinn

  • Posted on December 15, 2009 at 8:25 am

qui(Over the next several days, Buffalo Sports Daily/Bull Run blogger Tim Riordan is running a series on potential head coaching replacements for Turner Gill at UB.  Today features Jeff Quinn, Cincinnati offensive coordinator who according to the Buffalo News just interviewed for the position.)

Given that I can imagine how Cincinnati fans must feel I don’t want to seem like a vulture but the thought of picking up Jeff Quinn from the massive upheaval that Notre Dames most recent failure, but at the same time When I saw his name start pop up as something more than a “wouldn’t it be nice” (thanks to Rodney McKissic) he instantly jumps to one of the top tow candidates on my list.

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Sabres Win Streak Reaches Four At Montreal

  • Posted on December 15, 2009 at 8:13 am

This was one of the more entertaining hockey games I have watched all season and with the full slate of games on Center Ice, that is saying a lot. Both teams battled from the opening whistle until the final whistle, even if they had no idea the game was over (more on this later). It was a back and forth game that had power play goals, shorthanded goals, a fight to start the second period and of course for Sabres fans…it was a 4-3 victory.

The Sabres were prepared to see a different Canadiens team than they seen on December 3 at the HSBC Arena. There was no way the Habs would be embarrassed a second time by the Sabres. The Sabres weathered the storm and actually controlled play at times, especially with the fourth line.

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