Hello from Laverack Road in Lancaster where St. Mary's hosts Bishop Timon-St. Jude in a nice Monsignor Martin meeting of a ranked small school in the No. 2 Lancers and the No. 7 large school Tigers.
Check out our basketball scoreboard through the evening -- and every evening -- for updates on all the action.
After the first quater, Timon leads St. Mary's, 17-5. The Tigers did what they do -- hitting three straight three-pointers early on. Two straight by Jordan Williams followed by one from Kyle Kobis to give Timon an 11-2 lead just 3:13 into the game, prompting a timeout from an irate Dan Gill. The St. Mary's coach to his players: "What did we say?!?!!?!?" He was referring to Timon's ability to hit threes, but the Lancers were not defending Timon like they are a team that hits threes.
8:07 p.m. Timon's scoring slowed down in the second quarter for just a bit, but St. Mary's remained out of sync on offense. At halftime, Timon leads St. Mary's, 29-13.
Here's a Kyle Kobis drive from the second quarter:
That great start by Timon has allowed them to cruise -- St. Mary's just never snapped out of it after the slow start. The opportunity is there to get a few baskets to make it a game. St. Mary's big man Peter Notaro has been good on the boards and he's hustled on defense, but the Lancers haven't been able to get him the ball. He's a key because Timon is on the smaller size, thus the three-pointer is their main weapon. Kobis and Williams have also had some nice drives to the basket, while the Tigers have moved the ball around very well -- no surprise there.
8:25 p.m. Things have not slowed down. Timon with some nice plays in the opening minutes, including a three by Williams and two nice finishes by Ryan Dougherty. Timon leads, 44-17, with just under three minutes left in the second quarter.
Unfortunately an official requested security pay a visit to one fan who apparently was all over the refs. A police officer did come on the court and do that.
8:33 p.m. After three quarters, Bishop Timon-St. Jude leads St. Mary's, 44-22. A lot of slamming of the bench, slamming of water bottles, and yelling in general from the extremely frustrated St. Mary's bench.
8:40 p.m. After a timeout by Timon, both teams score and St. Mary's calls a timeout with 4:05 left and Timon up, 48-30.
8:49 p.m. We have a FINAL SCORE: Bishop Timon-St. Jude 54, St. Mary's 34.
The box score is at our basketball scoreboard.
A very nice win for Timon, particularly coming off a stretch in which it had lost three of its last four -- albeit all three to extremely good teams in St. Joe's (at home in OT) and road losses to Section V powers Batavia and Bishop Kearney.
Pollster and first-ballot Hall of Fame Prep Talk blogger Centercourt told me he wasn't going to this game tonight. His reasons turned out to be dead-on: He said that the disparity between the best large schools and the best small schools was so large, he didn't think it was going to be a game. He had also seen both teams before.
(Sidenote: Holey moley -- I think he said he was going to check out Niagara-Wheatfield at Maryvale, and if he did, he saw Blair Estarfaa score 42 for the Flyers. Check our scoreboard. Whoaaaaa).
I wanted to see St. Mary's tonight because their schedule heads toward League A teams the rest of the way, and I wanted to see Timon again after just seeing one full game. They were definitely impressive in the win, but I'm not sure I learned anything more to help figure out poll status and such. St. Mary's has certainly shown it can beat many top small schools. But I'll stick with my large school top 10 after tonight -- I think most of those teams are capable of the kind of win that Timon had here tonight (Canisius did just that, while St. Joe's won by five in early January).
And now the post-game show:
Coach Jim Palano must have left through the other door to the locker room, because he evaded me like Timon players evaded the defense tonight. Baddump-bump.
He did call in his game and you can find out more details in a recap on the game at our basketball scoreboard.
I'm back Wednesday night at 9:30 p.m. for our weekly live chat during what continues to be a fun week: Niagara Falls at Kenmore West on Thursday, Newfane at Wilson on Friday, St. Joe's at Canisius on Saturday.