BUFFALO, N.Y.-Canisius won't look past their Manhattan Cup opponent Bishop Timon on Wednesday, but they're main focus has always been winning a State Championship.
Canisius is 21-4 overall, and 12-0 in Monsignor Martin play, but more importantly they've beat Bishop Timon the previous two meetings this season 64-59 and 78-42. Canisius is looking forward to retiring the Manhattan Cup on Wednesday with its third straight Manhattan Cup Championship, which would be an outstanding accomplishment for the Crusaders. " I'm looking forward to a great atmosphere, but I'm trying to get the three-peat, and most importantly play Saturday for States" said Crusaders Senior point guard # 3 Aaron White.
Timon comes into this game with a 14-13 overall record, and have found a bit of a hot streak at the end of the season, winning their last 4 games. "They seem to be in every game they play in, they're always tough. It'll definitely be a good challenge for us, and we hope to make enough plays to come out on top" said Canisius Senior # 33 Matt MacDonald, "they can score inside and outside, they have some shooters and they can throw it inside and play that way. We're worried about ourselves and what we can do to get better. We feel like we can play with anybody and we're ready for Timon".
These two teams know each other very well, this will be their third meeting this season. "They're a bunch of hard-working kids and they're going to bring their A game when they play you, so we have to come ready too" said Senior guard # 25 Adam Weir. Weir also added, "They all have their ways of scoring, they play as a team and work that ball around and get it inside".
Canisius is aware of the return of Timon Senior Forward # 15 Ryan Dougherty, who made his season debut in the Manhattan Cup Semifinal win against St. Joe's. Dougherty tore his ACL at the beginning of football season, but has since recovered from his injury. Canisius' MacDonald said " he brings that stretch four to them, a guy who can step out and shoot, and play inside. What a tough kid too, he tore his ACL a couple months ago in football and he is back here already. He's a tough kid that's for sure". Dougherty brings a calming presence to the Tigers and is a leader on the floor as well. Weir said " He brings heart, and for him come off that injury takes a lot from their side, and it'll bring out some emotions". Aaron White also was glad to see Dougherty has recovered, "they are a very good team, they play very well together, I'm glad to see Ryan Dougherty back, I know that they are going to bring it".
Channel 2's Stu Boyar asked Canisius' Matt MacDonald how exciting it would be to win the Manhattan Cup on Wednesday, he said " It would be nice, but it's definitely not our main goal, we're working towards a win tomorrow and we'll do anything we can to get it". Adam Weir added "its very exciting, we put in the work, it's nice to get rewarded".
The Manhattan Cup Championship game will be held at the Canisius College Koessler Center at 7PM on Wednesday. You can see the game via live stream here on wny.highschoolsports.net with Stu Boyar handling the play by play and Dick Gallagher doing the color commentary.