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February 28, 2013

Kenmore West and Niagara Falls battle in Class AA semifinals

Tonawanda News — The Kenmore West boys basketball team pulled off its biggest win of the season last Friday night — a 56-53 upset of No. 3 seed Williamsville North — earning the school’s first trip to the Section VI Class AA semifinals in 22 years, and the first trip to Buffalo State since the Final Four moved to the Sports Arena. 

And as a reward, the Blue Devils (14-6) get No. 2 seed Niagara Falls at 7:45 tonight.

The Wolverines (16-3) beat No. 6-seed Ken West by a combined 58 points in two Niagara Frontier League meetings during the regular season, thus Blue Devils coach Mike Meetze said there are pros and cons to playing a familiar foe like the Falls.

“Playing the Falls is kind of a double-edged sword,” he said. “The good thing is that we’re familiar with the players and when we talked about scouting and game planning you know how good (Niagara Falls) really is. When I say (Jermaine) Crumpton’s name, they know he averages 20 points, versus only seeing a team on film.”

The tough part of drawing the Wolverines is how dominant they have been against Ken West this season.

“They’ve kind of owned us,” Meetze said. “I like to think out of the eight quarters, we played with them for two out of the eight. We know that’s not going to get it done. If you want to have a shot at beating them you have to play our type of game and you can’t let the Falls be the Falls for all four quarters, or it will be a very long night.”

Since Meetze inserted freshman Terell Ford into the starting lineup, the difference in the team’s play has been unmistakable. Meetze always knew how talented the youngster was, but the impact he’s having at such an early stage in his varsity career has opened a lot of eyes. 

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