Tonawanda News — TONAWANDA – The Kenmore West Blue Devils’ boys basketball team won a nail-biter against the Cardinal O’Hara Hawks by a score of 58-55 at the Ken-Ton Holiday Classic on Friday.
The win was one that the Blue Devils were fortunate to get, according to head coach Mike Meetze.
“We got lucky today,” Meetze said. “When you look at the stats, I think (the Hawks) beat us in almost every category. Defensively, we played atrocious. We didn’t play good team ball, we got into a lot of foul trouble… We got a little intimidated out there and we sort of went into a shell. Luckily, we were able to do enough in the fourth quarter to escape with a win.”
The Blue Devils and Hawks went toe-to-toe throughout the first three quarters of the game, with the Hawks holding a 41-37 lead heading into the fourth quarter. Senior guard Alex Price then came through for the Blue Devils in a big way, hitting multiple clutch shots to finish the game with 21 points and to eke out the victory.
“Alex became Alex in the fourth quarter,” Meetze said. “He had to step his game up going into the last period of play, and when your game isn’t going well, you need to have your stars step up and make plays. Alex put the team on his shoulders and made a huge difference for us.”
Conversely, the Hawks felt as if they had done everything they could in order to win. That made the loss especially difficult to swallow, according to head coach Dave Pfohman.
“We played against a quality team in their house, and I think we surprised them a little,” Pfohman said. “You try to take everything that’s positive out of a game like this, but the final outcome just didn’t fall our way. It hurts.”