Tonawanda News — Kenmore West’s Quinton Campbell is 6-foot-7 and is the type of player opposing teams usually need to double team down low. But his performance Friday at rival Kenmore East should serve as warning for upcoming opponents: don’t leave him open from beyond the arc, either.
Campbell nailed four 3-pointers — including three in a momentum-swinging, third-quarter surge — on his way to a game-high 20 points that lifted the Blue Devils to a convincing, 64-47 win, exactly two weeks since they needed overtime to beat East in the Ken-Ton Winter Classic.
“There’s a dirty secret,” West coach Mike Meetze said after the game with a smirk. “He’s either my best 3-point shooter or my second-best in practice. He probably has the best form. I don’t let him play him there because people will look at me like ‘Why do you have a 6-7 kid on the perimeter?’ But he can do that. And we might have to do that a little more. He was feeling it in transition tonight and you can tell when he gets that big smile, things are going to happen.”
It looked like anyone’s game at halftime. East jumped out to a 10-2 lead and was ahead most of the way before West took its first lead on a Noah Whalen 3-pointer with less than a minute to go in the half. It was only a three-point game at the break, with West up 30-27.
But the Blue Devils dominated the third quarter. They opened with 10 straight points and just kept scoring and scoring, eventually making it a 24-1 run spanning most of the quarter.
The Bulldogs’ first field goal after halftime came with four seconds left in the third quarter.
“We came out firing quick in the first half, which is good and it gave us momentum, but it was tough to get the momentum back in the second [half] and it just killed us,” Ken East senior guard John Becker said. “When you come out as hard as we did today sometimes it’s hard to match that energy in the second, too.”