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Long-distance blogging

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- You can take the boys basketball reporter out of Western New York, but you can't get the hoops out of the reporter ...

In case you haven't visited, here are the standings and power points listed by Section VI for boys basketball.

I'm relieved to see that Riverside's number increased -- however it did -- so that they're are higher than a seventh seed. When I checked the standings here Wednesday night they were lined up for a No. 7, which would have had them headed to No. 2 Niagara Falls in a quarterfinal, which would have been a disaster.

I know this system isn't perfect and provides some bumps more often than not, particularly related to the city schools because the difference in size of school skews the power rating so much. The Lackawanna boys and East Aurora girls are facing some similar interesting math because they are A-2 teams in a league which includes much smaller schools.

Good to see some discussion on improvements in comments on other blogs, so keep them coming. Section V's model is probably a good one to point to for improvement.

I'm looking forward to the official release, not only for the matchups but for the lineup of next Friday's quarterfinals. We'll the seedings and schedule in Sunday's paper and online as soon as possible on Saturday; we'll also have previews of the postseason in Tuesday's Scholastic Spotlight. 

Well, it's back to work in Daytona ...

---Keith McShea

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