Tonawanda News

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February 22, 2014

Woodard, Lumberjacks wear down Panthers

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Tonawanda News — “Just believe, play as a team, and we can beat anybody,” Piotrowski said. “And that’s what we believe – we believe whoever it was, whether it was Sweet Home or West Seneca East, whoever came here, we can hang with them and we can beat them.”

The Jacks’ 2-3 zone, which has been their primary defense all season, stymied Sweet Home’s undersized guards at points in the game. NT also found a way to moderate the Panthers’ full-court pressure. Sweet Home entered the game averaging 59 points per contest and finished with 20 fewer.

“Their pressure stung us a little bit, but it really didn’t create points for them, so our preparation worked,” Mountain said.

NT junior point guard Nehemiah Stone had an even stat line of four points, four assists and four steals. Senior forward Mike Awad added six points, three assists and four rebounds – including perhaps the two most critical of the game, both offensive boards in the final minute after NT had missed free throws.

Sweet Home had its season end with a record of 11-9.

NT and Williamsville South will play at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at Buffalo State.

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