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February 8, 2013

NT's Joe Piotrowski has basketball in his blood

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Tonawanda News — In a disappointing loss against Lockport on Feb. 1, Piotrowski had made an error with the ball and committed a turnover that led to a fastbreak basket for the Lions. Mountain quickly removed Piotrowski from the game, and he was noticeably frustrated with himself.

But before he went off the floor he made sure to slap hands with his replacement and share some encouragement. He said he’s always conscious of what he’s doing because he always tries to be a good example.

“You have to keep your emotions in tact and always be the guy that’s working hard so that people see that and then they start working hard and not slacking off,” Piotrowski said. “That (gives them) confidence — even if we’re down and facing adversity you still have to have confidence that we can win if we work together.”

Mountain said he’s been tough on Piotrowski ever since he was elevated to the varsity team. He saw the commitment from Piotrowski and knew he was mentally tough enough to be coached and develop his game.

Piotrowski has widened his vision on the court, Mountain said, and is now seeing everything because the game has slowed down. His preparation and drive to improve has helped the Jacks overcome their youth this season.

“What I love about Joe is that he loves the game of basketball. You can have passion during the season but passion is temporary. Joe lives it all year long,” Mountain said. “He’s going to games at UB, studying the game, he’s a huge Celtics fan and he loves watching and playing the game. Anything new he can add he constantly thrives for more. When you get a few players that love the game, you’re going to have a good team.”

The Jacks host Lew-Port tonight at 7 p.m. for Senior Night. If the game has to be cancelled because of expected foul weather, Mountain is hoping to have the game rescheduled for Monday.

Contact sports editor Matt Parrino at 693-1000 ext. 4117 and find Tonawanda News sports on Twitter @tonanewssports.

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