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You are currently browsing the archives for 16 December 2009

H.S. Game of the Year: Nichols Knocks Off Niagara Falls

  • Posted on December 16, 2009 at 11:08 pm

Will Regan Buffalo Sports DailyIt wasn’t easy, and certainly a lot closer than the final score indicated, but if there were any doubt before it can be put to rest, at least for now.  Nichols is the new king of boy’s high school basketball in Western New York.  In a clash of WNY co-No 1’s, Nichols defeated Niagara Falls, 68-53 to take over the top spot by themselves.

The match up had the feel in a packed St. Marys of Lancaster gym of a heavyweight title fight.  Both teams traded punches early, with Niagara Falls landing early jabs before Nichols connected ona few devastating punches before halftime.  Niagara Falls opened up a six-point lead before the game was three minutes old, but Nichols did their damage in the second quarter, going on a14-1 run to close out the first half and take a 34-21 lead, with Niagara Falls failing to score a field goal over the last 5:40.

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H.S. Hoops: Holland Rips Christian Central, 52-38

  • Posted on December 16, 2009 at 8:19 pm

After four consecutive losses to start the nine-game Monsignor Martin Association vs. ECIC Challenge, a non-catholic school can finally claim a victory.  Holland brought a fundamentally sound game to the gym, not to mention plenty of height, and both traits were on display as they defeated Christian Central, 52-38.

Holland (1-1) raced out to a 32-16 halftime lead paced by point guard Jordan Farrant’s 12 points.

They made sure there would be no second half Crusaders comeback by starting the third quarter on a 9-2 run and led after three, 45-23.

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H.S. Hoops: Niagara Catholic pounds Cheektowaga

  • Posted on December 16, 2009 at 6:50 pm

NC2Niagara Catholic came into their Monsignor Martin Association vs ECIC Challenge game against Cheektowaga undefeated (4-0).  They made sure they come out of the locker room at the start of each half ready to pounce.  They did just that, outscoring the Warriors 14-8 in the first and 20-6 in the third en route to easily defeating Cheektowaga (1-4), 59-42.

The game was barely five minutes old before the Patriots raced out to a 10-0 lead.  Frustrated with his starters play, Cheektowaga head coach Patrick Cullinan removed the entire unit and looked for more energy from his second team.  The move panned out as Cheektowaga got back into the game, trailing just 28-26 at halftime.

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Defense Keys Sabres Latest Run

  • Posted on December 16, 2009 at 1:36 pm

In early November we wondered how the Buffalo Sabres (now 19-9-2) would look at the end of the month. After their fall from grace last year at about that time, one couldn’t help but worry that the same fate might be in store for Sabres fans, especially after losing two of their first three games that month.

Never you fear, Buffalonians near and far, the Sabres appear here to stay. Since those two losses, they have won 11 of s17 games, and have held fairly consistent at first place in the Northeast. Most importantly, they’ve found a way of breaking slumps before they became a serious problem.

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Potential UB Coach: Get to know Terry Malone

  • Posted on December 16, 2009 at 1:18 pm

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 Terry Malone, Michigan offensive coordinator.

After a good night of sleep was ruined by a picture of Turner Gill with a KU uniform which, as a Buffalo and a nascent Nebraska fan, is pretty offensive, I decided to look at several other of the coaches still listed over on Football Coaching Rumors web site.

Besides an uncanny resemblance to Beau Bridges Terry Malone brings quite a bit to the table during this, the great coaching hunt of 2009. He has footprints in the MAC, experience in the Big 10, and even NFL experience. The question is how deep and relevant to UB’s needs are they?

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