Tonawanda News —
TOWN OF TONAWANDA — Kenmore West guard Alex Price knew he needed to step up Thursday night as his Blue Devils were in the middle of a close contest against Sweet Home on the opening night of the Ken-Ton tournament.
So as great players tend to do, Price took over the game at the mid-way point of the third quarter with his team down 39-38, and led the Blue Devils to a 62-46 win over the Panthers. Price scored the final eight points of the third as part of a 12-0 run to close out the quarter, the final bucket coming on a half-court buzzer beater as time expired to extend the Blue Devils (4-2, 3-0 NFL) lead to 11 before they cruised to victory in the fourth.
"It was a great win," said Price, who added that he knew the half court heave was going in from the moment it left his hands. "We played terrible in the first and second quarter, but we had a great talk in the locker room and came out with great intensity in the third quarter. We wanted to win and we wanted it bad."
Price finished with 21 points — 10 coming in the game-deciding third quarter — and knew that his team needed him to provide a spark when Sweet Home refused to go away.
Ken West coach Mike Meetze said Price's magic doesn't surprise him anymore. He knew how special the junior was when he came in and played well in his first varsity game as a sophomore.
"We knew last year when we brought him up and he was playing in a varsity game," he said. "If he's not the franchise player he's one of the top two on this team. We go as he goes. We need his points and his experience, and he's probably the best competitor on my team. He never quits, always wants to win and he's calling guys out in time outs. I love it."