On a Friday night full of Section VI boys basketball quarterfinals, I'm at Lackawanna for their third meeting of the season with ECIC IV rival Alden.
7 p.m. A lengthy code of conduct is being read prior to the game. There is a TON of Alden people here in the bleacher behind the Bulldogs' bench -- many of whom are wearing white "Dawg Pound" T-shirts.
7:19 p.m. A feeling-each-other out first quarter ends with Lackawanna leading, 5-4. There were no timeouts in the quarter (thus, no updates). Alden's Christian Barczykowski and Lackawanna's Darren Cleveland each have two fouls. Great job by the officials getting control of the game early on -- there was a call inside on Barczykowski just four seconds into the game.
7:30 p.m. With 3:23 left in the second quarter, Lackawanna calls a timeout with a 17-11 lead. Dwayne Bennett just converted a follow-basket and hit a free throw for a three-point play.
7:32 p.m. REPORT from A-1: Williamsville South has an 18-14 lead on Riverside after one quarter (little more scoring there, huh?). Sophomore Phil Stasiak has seven for South while senior Isaiah Jefferson has six for the Frontiers.
7:38 p.m. We are at halftime here and Lackawanna has a 20-15 lead on Alden.
7:40 p.m. A preliminary report on my cell phone says that East lost to Cheektowaga by one. I'll believe that when I see it back at the office.
7:44 p.m. Will Peel made a great play in the last seconds of the first half: Lackawanna was working the clock for a final shot when Peel stepped in front of a pass and took it in for a layup to cut the halftime lead to five. Lackawanna's largest lead of the half was seven: 14-7 and 20-13 just before that final play.
Capone Smith, the football standout and Connolly Cup winner, didn't play in the teams' last game I saw here a few weeks ago (won by Lackawanna). He's made some nice passes and is always active on defense. Lackawanna has done a good job down low, working the ball to its forwards as well as having big Jerrold Williams and Dwayne Bennett get up for rebounds.
And just as an FYI, no crowd troubles whatsoever. Great job by all fans so far.
7:54 p.m. REPORT from A-1: Williamsville South is up, 27-21, over Riverside at halftime. Stasiak with 10; Ira Watkins of Riverside with nine.
8:01 p.m. Lackawanna's Darren Cleveland is trapped on the baseline, so he calls a timeout with 1:13 left in the third quarter and the Steelers up, 34-29.
8:04 p.m. After three quarters, it's Lackawanna leading Alden, 34-31.
8:11 p.m. Lackawanna calls a timeout with 5:07 left in the game, and it needed to as Alden just took its first lead of the night: 39-37 on a follow by Barczykowski. Alden has started the fourth quarter with an 8-3 run. Alden fans were going NUTS after the timeout. Fun stuff.
8:16 p.m. Alden calls a timeout before Barczykowski goes to the line in a 39-39 game and 3:53 left to play. Alden has missed two straight front-ends of one-and-ones, the Bulldogs are now in the double bonus so they'll have two shots.
8:17 p.m. Barczykowski hits one. Alden, 40-39.
8:22 p.m. Great back-and-forth action and we're tied at 45-45. Alden has the ball with 1:45 after an empty trip by Lackawanna.
Williamsville South is up, 52-33, after three thanks to 14-0 run to start quarter. Whoa.
8:26 p.m. Lackawanna leads, 49-47, thanks to a scoop-to-the-hoop in traffic by Darren Cleveland with about 40 seconds left. Alden started its possession and called a timeout with 20 seconds left to play and :16 on the shot clock.
8:27 p.m. The teams came to the court, the volume level rose as loud as its been all night ... and Lackawanna called a timeout. Great "Let's Go Steelers" and "Let's Go Alden" battle going on now.
8:29 p.m. Derek Delzer is going to the line with 11 seconds left. He drove baseline and was fouled well before shooting, as the official made clear -- even after Delzer put up a shot and it fell in to the delight of the Alden crowd. Lackawanna still holds its two-point lead at 49-47. Will Alden tie it?
8:32 p.m. Delzer swished the first one, but the second one cruelly went in-and-out. The rebound was touched by an Alden player while his foot was on the baseline -- Lackawanna ball under its hoop with :09 left and Lackawanna calls a timeout.
8:34 p.m. Now a timeout by Alden with :07 left. Cleveland inbounded to Dwight Barber, who was fouled by Delzer. It's a one-and-one for Barber (that was the ninth team foul for Alden).
8:36 p.m. We have a FINAL SCORE: Lackawanna 49, Alden 48.
Barber's first free throw bounced out, Barczykowski got the rebound and got it to Matt Schwartz, who took a running three-pointer with about three seconds left that bounced off the rim. The rebound was batted around as the buzzer sounded.
9:29 p.m. Back at the office after interviews and the short drive.
Final from Wiliamsville South: Billies beat Riverside, 61-40.
The Yale Cup is taking a beating today. The East score was for real. Cheektowaga 50, East 49.
I'm posting scores here as soon as we get them -- the full report with box scores will be posted asap on the high school home page (here it is).
1-Niagara Falls 70, 9-Niagara-Wheatfield 38
5-Frontier 75, 4-Orchard Park 42
3-Jamestown 74, 6-North Tona. 57
2-Wmsv. North 71, 7-Ken. West 55
1-Sweet Home 73, 9-Hutch-Tech 48
4-McKinley 81, 12-Hamburg 61
3-Williamsville South 61, 6-Riverside 40
2-Grand Island 81, 10-Iroquois 63
8-Cheektowaga 50, 1-East 49
4-Maryvale 62, 5-Pioneer 49
3-Depew 47, 11-South Park 44
2-Grover Clev. 65, 10-Bennett 56
1-East Aurora d. 9-Burgard
4-Lackawanna 49, 5-Alden 48
2-Olean 62, 7-Newfane 37
3-Medina 62, 6-Fredonia 53
1-Akron 56, 9-JFK 36
2-All.-Limestone 64, 7-City Honors 45
3-Wilson 71, 6-Gowanda 50
4-Southwestern 65, 5-Cleve. Hill 46
1-Randolph 66, 8-Maritime Charter 49
6-Holland 55, 3-Cass. Valley 39
4-Frewsburg 61, 5-Portville 57
2-Westfield 76, 7-Salamanca 53
1-Maple Grove 81, 9-Hinsdale 38
4-Brocton 52, 5-Forestville 49
3-Clymer 57, 6-West Valley 35
2-Sherman 52, 10-MST Seneca 42
Here's a link to all the box scores on tonight's regular scoreboard.