BUFFALO, N.Y-McKinley learned a valuable lesson last year when it lost the Class A championship game to East Aurora. The Macks say they underestimated their opponent and that it won't happen again this year. The Macks play Amherst Tuesday night with a trip to the Far West Regionals in Rochester this weekend on the line.
Last year the Macks were beaten by East Aurora. That lesson remains fresh with the McKinley seniors. Captain Lovell Smith told Two On Your Side's Stu Boyar "we don't want to take anyone lightly. No one is going to lay down for us. We took East Aurora lightly and didn't come out the way we usually play. We came out lazy." Senior Reyjzon Jordan told Stu "we have to play serious. Last year it didn't seem like we had that much chemistry. We were a bunch of juniors. Now we have a lot of chemistry."
When McKinley is playing its game they are running. The Macks are lightning quick and great in transition. Head coach Zaire Dorsey told Stu "I think Canisius was able to run with us. They're another team that's in shape. St. Joe's was able to go up and down the court so yes we've had people, we play Oracle Charter and they were able to get up and down the court as well." Look for Amherst to try to get the Macks into more of a half court game. Senior Marcus Morris told Stu "when we run its like our chemistry just clicks. We play so well together we know how to co-exist with each other."
The Macks are aware of Amherst's 19 game winning streak. Morris told Stu "we got our winning streak snapped so it would be nice to end somebody else's."
Tipoff is scheduled for 8:30 Tuesday night at Buffalo State College.