BUFFALO, N.Y.-Canisius beat St. Joe's Saturday afternoon at the Koessler Center 77-65.
The game was played in front of packed house and it got off to a great start as the team's traded baskets. That all changed with just under six minutes to go in the second quarter. Two St. Joe's players collided, banged their heads together and fell to the floor near the Canisius basket in the first half. Seniors # 3 Jaylen Morris and # 5 Jordan Glover laid on the floor for a few minutes then headed slowly to the bench. They were done for the day.
Marauders head coach Mark Simon told Two On Your Side's Stu Boyar "they may be able to play Monday against Niagara Catholic. We'll do what's best for them medically." With Morris and Glover out St. Joe's had no true point guard in the lineup. Simon told Stu "its extremely difficult to play without the two of them. We have no other point guard. We struggle with point guard by committee."
Shortly after the collision Canisius began to pull away and the Crusaders had built a 10 point lead by halftime. Crusaders head coach Kyle Husband told Stu "its the same thing I've been saying all year. In the second quarter we dialed in we played tough "d" and we got things going a little bit. We did it a little more in the third and then in the fourth quarter they weren't giving up they played great they played hard they kept fighting which you knew they would. Husband added he wished Morris and Glover didn't get hurt. "I wish they would have played. They're two great players two good kids. I'm sure they'll be good and ready to go next time. "
Crusaders senior # 25 Adam Weir led his team with 22 points and in the second quarter scored point number one thousand of his high school career. Weir will play college basketball for Canisius starting next year. Another senior # 33 Matt MacDonald had 20 points for Canisius. St. Joe's was led in scoring by two seniors too. Mark Cerza # 31 led all scorers with 23 points and # 30 Louis Oliveri had 21 points.
Coach Simon added "I'm proud of our guys, the way we hung around. The second half was a two point game."
The teams meet again Saturday February 16th at the Koessler in the final game of the regular season. Tipoff is scheduled for 2-pm and you can expect another packed house.