There are quite a few outstanding matchups on what is a very busy Friday in boys basketball, leaving us with many questions to ponder ...
Will Grover stay perfect in the Yale Cup? There are just three games left for Grover Cleveland, and they're all toughies: at Riverside Friday, home vs. Lafayette Tuesday and at McKinley Feb. 14. Friday is the Presidents' first real test since losing to Niagara Falls. The Frontiers are coming off an overtime win over East so this could be a great one.
Can Timon do it again? The Tigers of Bishop Timon-St. Jude, fresh off its eye-opening win over Nichols at home, welcomes in Canisius on Mel Palano Court. Since its big win over St. Joe's, Canisius has extended its win streak to nine with an 11-point win at St. Mary's and single-digit wins at Niagara Catholic and St. Francis.
Monsignor Martin's small school showdown: It is the second game under new coaches for Niagara Catholic as the Patriots play at fellow top 10 small school Cardinal O'Hara. The first matchup between the schools went to overtime, with the host Patriots winning the extra period, 13-5, for a 75-67 victory.
Will Frontier bounce back? The Falcons, who stumbled on the always-tough trip to Jamestown, host an Orchard Park team which is coming off a 74-48 thumping of Williamsville South.
Will Williamsville South bounce back? Those aforementioned Billies host the rival Williamsville East Flames and big man Brian Wallden (6-foot-6).
Can Maple Grove pay back Randolph? Randolph ruined Maple Grove's football season in the playoffs, and upended the Red Dragons at Maple Grove, 60-59, in their first CCIAC II meeting. They meet at Randolph tonight in what most think will be the second of three meetings since both are Class C-2 schools.