BUFFALO, N.Y.- Thursday delivered another Yale Cup showdown for boy’s basketball, and it did not disappoint.
McKinley and Middle Early College played a back-and-forth game with high-energy and some jaw-dropping plays. In the end, McKinley finished the game on a 12-6 run to defeat a tough Middle College team, 70-65.
The game’s best play, and perhaps one of the best plays all season – at least, defensively, came in the second quarter.
Middle’s Fred Foster had his pass stolen by Shaquan Jones near mid-court. As Jones went up for the lay-up, Foster, who sprinted from his spot in the opposite corner, slammed his hand against the ball against the backboard. The emphatic, point-saving block brought the house down – even though the game was played at McKinley.
Middle College led 41-39 at halftime.
In the second half, especially late in the fourth quarter, McKinley turned it on.
Jones led the way for the Macks with a game-high 24 points. Devin Morris poured in 15 and Juwan Tolliver dropped 13.
Middle’s Amir Jemes scored a team-high 16, including 11 in the first half. Brian Johnson scored 15 and Foster had 10.
McKinley takes a two-game lead in the Yale Cup standings.
Round One of the Girl’s Federation Hockey Playoffs:
Lancaster/Iroquois (red jerseys) defeated Amherst/Sweet Home (white jerseys), 5-2, to advance to the semifinals.