Tonawanda News — When Kenmore West point guard Terell Ford began his varsity career this season he knew how big the shoes were that he'd be expected to fill.
His older brother, James Mallory, dominated on the hard wood as a Blue Devil and then went on to D-1 Central Connecticut State to play in college.
On Friday night, with his brother in the stands, Ford lived up to the family legacy, setting the tone for his team and helping it upset No. 6-seed Williamsville North, 56-53. He scored Ken West's first eight points, had 12 total in the first half and finished with 17 for the game.
"If your older brother was James Mallory, you have a lot to live up to. He is the x-factor this year. I thought I'd just bring him up and let him sit, but he's earned that starting spot. We're not leading at halftime if not for Terell. I mean, he was ripping rebounds away from centers. You don't teach that out of freshman that is about 140 pounds. He just doesn't care and he's all (about the) team."
Ford looked fearless in his team's biggest game of the season. He said he gets his confidence from his older brother.
"I had to play well because this was the biggest game for us and I haven't really done much the past few games," he said. "It was only right that I came out and set the tone. … My brother gives me confidence. Every day he makes me work hard and we work out together. He encourages me so much."
Late in the game, after two thirds of the Blue Devils' starting frontcourt watched from the bench (Quinton Campbell fouled out and Adam Fron left the game with a broken nose), Ford and the rest of the Ken West guards stepped up to hold off a relentless offensive explosion from Spartans standout Sterling Taplin. The junior scored 16 of his game-high 25 points in the fourth quarter and almost single-handedly erased a 14-point, fourth quarter lead for the Spartans.