H.S. Hoops: Nichols suffocates Timon, 65-47

Posted on February 8, 2010 by Patrick Moran

Will Regan Buffalo Sports DailyWhen these teams last met a few weeks ago, Bishop Timon handed then-number one Nichols a four point loss.  The Vikings would have none of it in their rematch at home on Monday night.

Nichols (15-6/8-2) used a suffocating defense that harassed the normally sound Tigers into their worst shooting performance of the year.  The Vikings took control early and were able to cruise to a surprisingly easy 65-47 victory.

Will Regan showed why he’s the reigning Western New York Player of the Year, having one of his trademark well rounded statistical games.  The senior had game-highs of 20 points, 12 rebounds, six assists and four blocked shots.

But Monday was no one man show as Nichols avenged their 64-60 loss from January 22.  Sophomore Stan Wier scored 16 points and defensively the team forced Timon into a slew of hurried low percentage shots.

“We learned last time we played them that you got to play tough defense or you’re going to dig yourself a hole,” Regan said.  “We were able to be a little more physical and get out on the shooters.”

Regan scored eight points and four rebounds in the game’s opening minutes as Nichols stormed out to a 13-4 lead.  By the time the first was over Regan had 12, including a dunk as the Vikings took command 22-12.

Timon battled back in the second, getting within 30-23 late in the half, but a pair of free throws following a technical and a three pointer by Weir seconds before the buzzer gave Nichols a 35-23 into the locker room.

It never really got closer.

Weir continued the hot hand in the third quarter, scoring seven points as the Vikings closed the third quarter with a 16-6 run to stay in the driver’s seat 51-34.

“He doesn’t get a lot of headlines but he’s done a great job for us all season,” Nichols coach Greg Plumb said.  “He’s aggressive and he plays excellent defense.  He’s getting better each game as a complete player.”

As they had most the game, Timon remained cold from the floor in the final quarter, throwing up a variety of circus shots with few falling as they completed a miserable night of shooting.

“My guards didn’t knock down their shots, a couple bad selections but if we hit some of those shots early in the game it’s a different game,” said Timon coach Jim Palano.  “We’re not a big team so when we don’t shoot the ball well we’re going to struggle.”

A block by Regan followed seconds with an uncontested layup with 3:20 remaining ended thoughts of a late Timon run.

Deiter Clauss scored 12 points for Nichols while Andy Mackinnon added 11 for Nichols.

Kyle Kobis led the Tigers (16-5/6-3) with 13 points while Dut Dour scored 11 to go with eight rebounds. Timon entered the game ranked sixth among large schools but is likely to slip when the new poll comes out Tuesday.

“Nichols totally outplayed us tonight so give them credit.” Palano said.

Timon is back in action Tuesday night as they host St. Francis.  Nichols is off until Friday when they travel to St. Francis.

Meanwhile Nichols will get some insight into the status of injured star guard Ron Canestro Tuesday when he visits his doctor.  Canestro has been out since the middle of January after breaking the pinky finger on his right shoot hand going for a loose ball in practice.  If all goes well, Canestro could be back in about two weeks.

“We’re just playing it one day at a time and seeing how it goes,” Plumb said.  “Obviously he’s an important part of our team but we don’t want to get too far ahead of ourselves.”

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