March Basketball Highlights in Buffalo

photos and text by A. Dorcely

pictured above Dorian Facen of Williamsville East fights Niagara Wheatfield’s T.J. Robinson and Shawn Watson

In March Basketball has had some serious success on the court for local high school and college teams.  

Kyla Hayes(no.12) of Cardinal O’Hara towers over St. Mary’s players.

I will try to give a complete rundown of what occurred with our local teams that you may have missed starting with the high schools. In the Monsignor

Martin(Catholic High Schools league), on the boys side Canisius High School was able to defeat Timon and go on to win a state title.

On the girls side led by freshman MVP Kyla Hayes, the Lady Hawks of Cardinal O’Hara took down St. Mary’s.

Now for Section VI (public high school league) boys finals that took place at Buffalo State. In the Class B2 Final Tapestry loss to Allegheny- Limestone,  B1 Olean defeated Lackawanna, Class AA Jamestown over Niagara Falls,  A2 Amherst out lasted Health Sciences and A1 Niagara Wheatfield was able to get past Williamsville East. 

On the girls side Class B2 Eden over Olmsted,  B1 Lewiston Porter beat Depew, in  Class AA Lancaster with Madison Francis took care of Clarence, A2 Williamsville South behind Gretchen Dolan stopped Iroquois and in A1 Sweet home loss to Hamburg.

On the college front the UB Women will be dancing in the Women’s NCAA tournament as a 13th seed vs. 4th seed, famed program Tennessee. UB Women’s coach, Felisha Legette-Jack reminded reporters that her team is playing against the other girls in the Tennessee jerseys and not the program name.

Jahodd Martin of McKinley High School glides to the basket

Also, in Women’s college basketball the Daemen Women (as I am writing this) are in the midst of hopefully to stepping their way to the Elite Eight for division two schools. The Daemen men had another great season but could not win in the conference final.  

This week in  March Madness the road to the Final Four  stops in our City. 

Buffalo has been treated and will continue to get hoop dreams treatment this month. With the conclusion of the high school basketball season and the beginning of the NCAA tournament a.k.a. The “NCAA Dance.”, the “town” is being blessed with Madness this time around.- bringing life and visitors to the City of Good Neighbors. 

The last 6 times March Madness came to Buffalo seats were sold out,  however after a two year long pandemic and fans trying  to get back to a “maskless” normal,  reports show a lag in the tournament ticket sales as some seats are still available.  

UB Womens Team Who Will Dance in March Madness Stand Together

What’s also happening downtown simultaneously is a big Hockey Tournament at Riverworks featuring players from US and Canada and not to mention St. Patrick’s day being Thursday and the weekend parades in the Old First Ward. 

Despite the challenges fans will find their way to the KeyBank Center March 17 and 19th with  Canisius College, Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference and Niagara University  to host the First and Second Rounds of the NCAA March Madness Tournament Division I Men’s Basketball Tournament !

Session 1 #4 Providence vs. #13 South Dakota State – 12:40 PM and  #5 Iowa vs. #12 Richmond – 3:10 PM.

Session 2 #5 UConn vs. #12 New Mexico State – 6:50 PM and #4 Arkansas vs. #13 Vermont – 9:20 PM

Session 3 Game times for Saturday, March 19 will be determined after Round 1. 

Tickets are on sale now  for all sessions go toticketmaster.com and keybankcenter.com for more details.   

Here’s to wishing those teams and whomever you root for Madness that leads to more dancing!!! 

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sports photo journalist and educator A. Dorcely