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December 14, 2012

2012-13 Kenmore West boys basketball preview

Tonawanda News —

Last year's season ended abruptly for the Kenmore West boys basketball team.

After clinching a share of the regular season NFL title, the Blue Devils were stunned by Williamsville North and its budding superstar Sterling Taplin before ever getting a chance to play under the bright lights at Buffalo State.

At first glance — the Blue Devils lost four starters and seven of their top 10 contributors from last season's squad — a fall off from last season's 13-win NFL regular season may seem in the cards, but there's one person who may be able to keep the Blue Devils from taking a step back: Quinton Campbell.

"When he's on the floor people need to game plan for him," said Blue Devils coach Mike Meetze. "He is an imposing force and he's still only learning how to play the post position. When he asserts his will, you don't find too many people that are as imposing as him."

Meetze said that having Campbell is a nice thing because when his team needs a bucket it can always just throw it inside to the 6-foot-7 senior. When he attracts a double team in the post others are bound to be open.

The Blue Devils have dropped two tough games to Monsignor Martin teams St. Joe's and Bishop-Timon, and Meetze said that he thinks his team can get the ball inside to Campbell even more. He said doing work inside opens everything up on the perimeter, and Campbell should be able to post a double-double every game.

After Campbell, Ken West forward Shay Cuadra is starting to blossom into a supporting role for the Blue Devils. In his team's first two games the junior has posted 17 points per contest and Meetze expects him to continue to develop as the season progresses.

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