BUFFALO, N.Y.- They say all good things come to an end. No one thought it would end like this.
Ranked number one in Western New York and number two in New York State, Canisius High School was the heavy favorite to win its fourth straight Manhattan Cup. The Crusaders will not even play in the Cup final.
Nichols School shocked Canisius, 57-50, in the Manhattan Cup semifinals- played at Canisius High School.
The Crusaders trailed by double digits in the second half, before bringing the deficit within 10 in the game's final minutes. Ryan Richards scored most of his team-high 17 points in the fourth quarter.
But, Nichols finished strong at the free throw line. Big man Cameron Lewis played bigger than his 6'5" frame, scoring a game-high 20 points including a couple crunch-time freebies.
Nichols' Chris Miner added 15 points. Thomas Nuttle and Greg White each scored 10 for the Vikings.
Those four players for Nichols scored 55 of the team's 57 points.
Nichols will play Bishop Timon-St. Jude in the Manhattan Cup final at the Koessler Athletic Center (Canisius College) on Sunday night at 6:30.
In the other semifinal, a drama of a different sort. St. Mary's of Lancaster and Bishop Timon-St. Jude went to overtime, in a back-and-forth Monsignor Martin battle.
Timon's Donte Williams was dominant offensively, hitting big shots at key times, as Timon-St. Jude edges St. Mary's 65-61 in OT.
St. Mary's led after each of the first three quarters, including a 28-22 halftime lead. But, Timon rallied back when it mattered most.