Tonawanda News — The Blue Devils' top attraction is big man Quinton Campbell, who on an off night offensively finished with 15 points, 18 rebounds and four blocks.
Meetze said Campbell can impact a game even if he struggles because of the way he draws so much attention. That opens up the floor for the rest of his team, which frees up others to take advantage of open looks.
"He was very disappointed with his offensive game tonight, but I told him it's about more than scoring," Meetze said. "He was the presence they had to defend. He was getting under their skin a bit because he was getting rebounds and they couldn't get it away from him. Once he understands that he's the defensive focus, he allows other people to do their job easier."
The Panthers took the lead in the third quarter after Campbell turned the ball over on an outlet pass, which led to a 3-pointer from Sweet Home's Michael Torrillo, who finished with a team-high 12 points. The Blue Devils turned up their defense in the fourth quarter and held Sweet Home to only seven points. The Panthers were one of only three remaining undefeated teams heading into Thursday.
Meetze said he was happy to get a win, but that holiday tournaments are tough on coaches because basketball isn't the main focus when the players are on break.
"Christmas tournaments are tough," he said. "I mean they're fun for everybody and the families, but kids (thrive in a routine). It's not the same routine — it's a 5 o'clock game, the gym is empty and there's no music. It's just a different vibe and I bet there's not one coach that would tell you they like these. I'd rather play a league game."