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Nichols has no problem dispatching O’Hara

  • Posted on February 21, 2010 at 7:58 pm

Nichols Cardinal O’Hara was not expected to be much of a threat in their Manhattan Cup quarterfinal match up with top ranked Nichols on Sunday.  The Vikings wasted little time making sure no Cinderella story would develop.

Nichols rolled out to a 23-8 lead by the end of the first quarter and with a 34-13 cushion at halftime the only question remaining was how much they’d win by.

The starters got plenty of fourth quarter rest as they advanced with an easy 70-44 win.

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Canisius routes Niagara Catholic

  • Posted on February 21, 2010 at 6:38 pm

Blair Helton 21Well, at least Niagara Catholic gave them an early scare.

Not expected to hang with Canisius in a first round Manhattan Cup playoff quarterfinal, the seventh seeded Patriots gave them all they could handle early on and even had a 13-10 lead in the final minute of the first quarter.

Then Blair Helton took over.

The senior guard scored just two points in the first but exploded for 15 in the second as the Crusaders used a 23-5 run to turn a three point deficit to a 43-29 cushion at halftime.  From there they cruised to an 86-52 victory.

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St. Mary’s survives St. Francis to advance in Manhattan Cup

  • Posted on February 21, 2010 at 5:07 pm

The Manhattan Cup playoffs it’s all about survival.  St. Mary’s of Lancaster didn’t have their best game offensively, but the battle tested team of head coach Dan Gill played solid defense and live on to fight another day.

Senior guard Joe Barnhart scored 12 of his game-high 22 points over the final three-plus minutes as St. Mary’s built an eleven point cushion before holding off pesky St. Francis, 55-49 Sunday afternoon.

“Our kids are battled tested,” Gill said. “Some of the stuff we experienced last year in this situation I’m comfortable with them.  My kids have earned that right from me and I’m going to live and die with them.”

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Scarcello’s buzzer beater gets Timon past St. Joes

  • Posted on February 21, 2010 at 3:37 pm

Mike Scarcello TimonWhenever Bishop Timon and St. Joes share the floor in a high school basketball game, things are rarely easy.  That was certainly the case Sunday afternoon as the two rivals met in the quarterfinals to open the Monsignor Martin Association playoffs.  Neither team could settle things in regulation, and Timon used a 10-1 run late in overtime to take command and eventually win, 61-54.

As we’ve seen so many times this season in Catholic school play, the game featured yet another last second finish to get the crowd out of their seats. St. Joes led 49-46 with 6.7 seconds left before senior guard Mike Scarcello went the length of the court and hit a three pointer over a pair of Marauders defenders as the buzzer went off to force overtime.

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LIVE UPDATES: Monsignor Martin Playoffs Starting at 1pm

  • Posted on February 21, 2010 at 8:00 am

Today kicks off the start of what promises to be an exciting playoff season of boys high school playoff basketball.  It begins Sunday afternoon with a quarterfinal Monsignor Martin Association quadruple header.  #4 Bishop Timon is taking on #5 St Joes at 1pm, followed by  third seeded St. Mary’s/Lancaster vs. #6 St. Francis, #2 Canisius vs. #7 Niagara Catholic and eighth seeded O’Hara having the daunting task of trying to knock off top ranked Nichols.

Make Buffalo Sports Daily your stop for live updates, scores and statistics on all four games, because that’s how we roll.  The action gets underway at 1pm so we’ll see you there.

Bills 12th in payroll spending in NFL for 2009

  • Posted on February 21, 2010 at 1:00 am

In an USA Today report, the Buffalo spent the 12th most money on payroll in the NFL in 2009, paying out $111,956,066 in salary.

According to the report the New York Giants spent the most money ($ 137,638,866) while the St. Louis Rams were the most frugal ($ 62,384,821).

The numbers show two things.  Generally teams must spend money to win in this league.  The bottom four in spending (St. Louis, Kansas City, Tampa Bay, Seattle) had dreadful seasons and all are picking within the first six slots of the draft.

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NFL Draft Prospect Profile: Anthony Davis

  • Posted on February 21, 2010 at 12:10 am

Anthony Davis RutgersAnthony Davis (OT)-Rutgers

6’6, 325lbs


Anthony Davis is a mountain of a man. At six-foot six and 325 pounds he looks like he could swallow smaller defensive ends whole. He’s even more impressive of a physical specimen when you see him stretch out his arms to reveal his enormous wing span, which he uses to help keep pass rushers at bay.

He’s exceptionally strong as most of physique is muscle, and he surprisingly good athleticism for such a big man. Davis demonstrates excellent footwork in his blocking. He maintains a solid base to keep him well balanced and he’s constantly able to maintain leverage.

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Playing Bills GM- Volume II

  • Posted on February 21, 2010 at 12:06 am

(Admitted hot head fan/blogger Joe Pinzone AKA “JoeFromNYC” has a blueprint to solve the Buffalo Bills woes.  Many won’t agree with his views–and we probably won’t either.  But they’re still interesting enough to publish.  This is the second in a series of moves he would like to see the Bills make to return to respectability)

You can just cut the anticipation for my next move with a knife. Just to recap what I have done; I’ve traded Lee Evans to the Baltimore Ravens for their 1st and 3rd round picks. I will address my receiving core later, but in the mean time, I have to find a quarterback.

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