Tonawanda News — TOWN OF TONAWANDA — With three seniors and a pair of budding junior stars, the Kenmore West boys basketball team had a memorable season in 2012-13.
The Blue Devils earned a trip to the Section VI semifinals for the first time in 22 years before falling to Niagara Falls at Buffalo State — Ken West’s first trip to the site since it became the home to the Final Four.
But things are much different this year over on Highland Parkway in Kenmore. Quinton Campbell (13.2 points and 10.9 rebound per game last season), Shay Cuadra and Joe Northrup graduated and left the leadership burden on senior Alex Price, who was a member of the News’ All-Area second team last year.
Blue Devils coach Mike Meetze said everything begins and ends with Price this season — starting tonight when Ken West travels to Daemen College at 8:45 p.m. for a Paster-Cooper Memorial tournament game against McKinley.
“It all starts with Alex. He has been with me for two and a half years and last year he really assumed a lot of the point guard duties down the stretch,” Meetze said. “It’s just going to be about him being more comfortable in the system. He’s a good shooter, a good driver, he’s physical — he doesn’t really have a big weakness to his game. So we’re going to really rely on him to step up, make the big shots and the right decisions. We’re going to go as he goes.”
The Blue Devils will average out below six feet as a team this season, and Meetze said the squad will go about seven players deep early on while younger players work for playing time that are up from junior varsity.
Expectations are high for sophomore guard Terrell Ford, who had a breakout season last year. As a freshman, Ford averaged 5.8 points per game during the regular season, but he exploded in the quarterfinals against Williamsville North. He scored 17 points to lead the Blue Devils to a 56-53 upset win over the Spartans.