BUFFALO, N.Y. - It's a "Three-Peat" for Canisius High School as they won the Manhattan Cup Championship for the third straight year after beating Bishop Timon 53-47 Wednesday night.
In front of a packed house at the Koessler Center at Canisius College, Adam Weir led the Crusaders with 15 points. Matt McDonald had 10 and Aaron White had 9 points.. White was named MVP because of his spectacular defense. White said on winning MVP, "I feel really humble right now, I wasn't expecting to get it, I was just playing for my teammates to win." McDonald said, "Its awesome, to win three Manhattan Cups in three years on varsity it's a great feeling ... but were not done yet, we've got four more games to win before the seasons over." The Crusaders play for the state Catholic title this weekend.
Canisius led the entire game, beginning with a 7-0 run, and at one point led by double digits. As usual for the Crusaders defense was the key to winning as they Timon to 47 points. "You always have to prepare for the biggest game of the year" Coach Kyle Husband said, "and defense wins those games and it did tonight". The Crusaders defense exposed Timon's lack of a true point guard.
"Hard work gets you where you want to go", Weir said after the game Wednesday night. "They played a heck of a game, we were struggling a lot out there, and they had their shots when they needed them, and we answered."
Once again the Crusaders "Big Three" of Adam Weir, Matt MacDonald and Aaron White were key performers in the victory. Coach Husband said, "Its been a great class and a great year." When Stu Boyar asked Husband about his "Big Three" and what they mean to this program, "Its going to be tough, their special to me, and their really special to the program"
For Timon Bryant Fulton had 14, Demone Harris had 11, and Donte Williams had 10. Ryan Dougherty playing just his third game since returning from surgery for a torn ACL had three points. It was a gutty effort by the senior who is still working to regain his mobility.
Looking at this game and going forward White said, "This game proved that we are the best in Western New York but this Saturday will prove why we are the best in the state, so I'm looking forward to Saturday".
he last time the Crusaders won three straight Manhattan Cups was in 1996, 97 and 98.