Tonawanda News —
The Warriors came storming out of the gates early, led by Stich who had nine of his 25 points in the first quarter. The point guard orchestrated a 10-0 run with his shooting, quickness on the defensive end and floor vision that gave his team an 18-11 lead after eight minutes.
NT forward Chris Woodard stopped the bleeding a bit when he threw down a monstrous slam dunk late in the quarter to jolt the Jacks back into the game.
Piotrowski took over from there. He shot 12 for 16 from the field in the game, went 6 for 9 from 3-point range and made his only free throw. He said his teammates were finding him and he was just knocking down open shots, which is what he has to do.
"I was very nervous coming in. I didn't want to lose my senior year in my last year of T-NT," Piotrowski said. "It was a close game last year and we were excited. We knew it was going to be a tough game. We got down in that first quarter and we didn't get nervous, we knew we were going to be fine. We continued to get open looks and we knocked them down."
The Warriors would cut the NT lead to single digits once or twice in the second half, but couldn't convert at the free throw line, finishing the game 9 for 24 from the charity stripe.
Hughes was happy with his team's effort, though, and said he liked how tough his team played for all four quarters.
"I thought, as a whole, we worked hard, but I think Tristan getting in foul trouble in the first half really swung the momentum, and it seemed like we really couldn't catch up," he said. "We missed a lot of free throws, that hurt us too. … I like our toughness, and that's what I want. I thought we played pretty well defensively. I don't think we'll see too many teams that shoot the ball like they do, have the size and the defensive intensity they have. I think we'll be all right."