Tonawanda News — “I love playing in this gym,” Whalen said of the ASAC. “I've had some of my best games have been in this gym. I love the rims here. It worked out great.”
The Jacks, who had the edge in height, were coming off of a win over Niagara Falls, a game where they had little trouble against the Wolverines press. But the Blue Devils used the speed of its guards to disrupt the the NT offense. Adam Fron (eight rebounds) and Tyler Grandits were examples of the blue-collar defense the Blue Devils will need to find continued success this season.
"(Our confidence) is through the roof,” Whalen said. “But we've got to come back (this morning) and work. We've got Lockport on Tuesday.”
A loss was one thing, but knowing his team is capable of a better outing it what made this loss sting a little more for NT coach Ryan Mountain.
“Ken West played better than we did,” Mountain said. “They shot the ball better than we did and we shot poorly.”
The marque match up of the night in WNY, the game didn't disappoint as the Jacks and Blue Devils fought tooth-and-nail for every inch of the floor and every single point. A back-and-forth game most of the night, the scored was tied at 9-9 at the end of the first. A Terrell Ford (15 points) bucket late in the second gave Ken West the 22-21 lead at halftime.
Alex Price had 14 points and 14 boards for the Blue Devils. Chris Woodard had six points and eight boards for NT while Joe Piotrowski added eight for the Jacks.