Here's a list of what I think are the top games to follow this week:
Monday, February 11th
Lafayette @ City Honors - 6 pm
Lockport @ Niagara Falls - 6:30 pm
Tuesday, February 12th
Hutch-Tech @ McKinley - 6 pm
Akron @ CSAT - 6:30 pm
South Park @ Middle College - 7 pm
Aquinas @ Timon/St. Jude - 7 pm
Lake Shore @ Maryvale - 7:30 pm
Iroquois @ Williamsville South - 7:30 pm
Depew @ Amherst - 7:30 pm
St. Joe's @ Frontier - 7:30 pm
Wednesday, February 13th
Hutch-Tech @ East - 6 pm
Thursday, February 14th
Middle College @ East - 6 pm
Timon/St. Jude @ Canisius - 6:30 pm
CSAT @ Roy-Hart - 6:30 pm
Newfane @ Wilson - 6:30 pm
Holland @ MST Seneca - 6:30 pm
Sweet Home @ St. Joe's - 7 pm
Westfield @ Maple Grove - 7:30 pm
Williamsville North @ Williamsville East - 7:30 pm
Friday, February 15th
Nichols @ St. Mary's - 7:30 pm
Saturday, February 16th
Canisius vs. St. Joe's - 2 pm ** at the Koessler Center
Game of the Week - Canisius vs. St. Joe's on Saturday, February 16th
- Since I've been following high school basketball in WNY, I have yet to see a team finish unbeaten against MMA competition. If the Crusaders can take care of business at home against Timon this week, they would have a chance to finish off an undefeated regular season with a victory versus their rivals.
In the first meeting between the two teams this season, Canisius was in control the entire second half and came away with a 77-65 win. The Marauders' backcourt tandem of Jordan Glover and Jaylen Morris might be more anxious than everyone else for the rematch. The pair were forced to the bench during the first half of round one after a collision left both of them dazed.
Canisius is currently the top ranked large school in WNY, while the Marauders are ranked fourth. Neither team has lost to an opponent from WNY since the first rivalry battle in January. On the season, the only WNY team Canisius has fallen to was Olean, while Jamestown, along with the Crusaders, are the only WNY teams to down St. Joe's on the season.
A lot will be on the line on Saturday, possibly including an unbeaten regular season in the MMA, whether or not a coin toss will decide the top seed for the Manhattan Cup playoffs, and most importantly, pride and bragging rights. The last time Canisius swept the Marauders was in 2010, before winning the first of its back-to-back Manhattan Cups.
Despite moving this rivalry to a larger venue in the Koessler Center, it still sold out on January 12th. Get there and get there early. You won't find a better atmosphere for a MMA game, unless there's a round three...