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March 12, 1965: Future NBA Hall of Famer Lanier battles for Bennett

Fifty years ago this week, The News sports section featured high school basketball twice.

When the Catholic high schools played championship matches, future Buffalo mayor Tony Masiello was pictured leading the charge for Cardinal Dougherty.

When the city schools championship games were featured, the photo at the top of the story was future NBA Hall of Famer Bob Lanier, who was shown grappling on the floor to help his Bennett team take down Grover Cleveland.

"Bennett’s hopes high for next season after cage playoff victory"

"Besides scoring an impressive victory in the playoff final, the Bennett High School basketball team Tuesday evening served notice that it will be a foe to be reckoned with in next year's Yale Cup series."

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