Tonawanda News —
"I have never been a part of a game where we executed well but we could not finish. I've never felt that helpless," Meetze said. "I looked at all my plays and said, 'We've gotten every shot we wanted and I can't will that ball into the basket.'
"(But) it's a credit to NT," he continued. "We missed some chippies, but you're playing a zone team you have to make shots at some time. That's been my big fear all year, and I'd like to say we survived. I'll take the win and it was exciting."
Ken West got out to a 16-8 lead after the first quarter, but the offensive struggles started in the second, and the Jacks made their way back into the game. Donovan Book scored all 10 of his points in the first half to help the Jacks close the gap to 19-16 at halftime.
Piotrowski scored 12 of his game-high 14 points in the second half and the Jacks took back the lead and momentum on the strength of the 3-pointer. Piotrowski hit two 3s and Michael Awad hit one early in the fourth to give the Jacks a 34-31 lead with about six minutes remaining. Awad finished with 11 points and extended the NT lead to 37-33 with a little less than three minutes to play.
The Jacks held a 40-35 lead with under a minute left when Ken West senior Alex Price hit one of his three 3-pointers in the game with 35 seconds left to give the Blue Devils life. Ken West got the ball back and was able to finish out the game and capture the win.
"Right now I'm trying to slow it down and realize how we blew the game," said NT coach Ryan Mountain moments after his team's loss. "I think it just comes down to we were afraid to win and it isn't anything to do with execution — just trying to play with a quiet mind when we're under pressure. We missed some crucial free throws that could have iced it and when it comes down to it it comes down to the little things. We lost the last couple seconds on the details."