NORTH TONAWANDA —
"Coach harped on overcoming adversity," he said. "We face a lot of adversity every day in practice and we work on getting on to the next best action. I think (Ken West) faced adversity and couldn't handle it. I think we got in their heads. We threw a different defense at them and we executed that really well."
Meetze anticipated NT's best effort before Friday's meeting and he thought his team just wasn't up to the challenge.
"NT outran us in transition, they got more easy baskets — everything that we talk about on our checklist, NT won everything on the checklist tonight," he said. "I don't think we really brought our defensive intensity. They did a really good job of beating our pressure tonight and making the extra passes. … They're a good team and I knew that. I knew this was one of our biggest games of the season and we just didn't come to play."
Campbell picked up two fouls in the first three minutes and had to sit for the rest of the first quarter. He returned in the second, where he scored all of his six points, before getting pulled in the third quarter after arguing with and bumping an official. He didn't return to the game.
Mountain said Campbell was "a no-touch" in the game, referring to the message he sent his players of not wanting the senior to touch the ball.
The Jacks outscored the Blue Devils 21-7 in the third quarter and they were visibly frustrated. Joe Northrup was hit was a technical foul after bumping NT's Nehemiah Stone and was subbed out of the game — he never returned. The Jacks finished the quarter on a 12-0 run to put the game out of reach.