Tonawanda News — West all star and Canisius sophomore Laterrance Reed couldn’t miss in the extra sessions. He made two long distance 3-balls in the finals seconds of the first and second OT to force an extra frame and finished with a game-high 27 points.
Canisius’ Adam Weir, the 2013 News’ Player of the Year, started slow but heated up in the second half of the junior/senior game to help lead the North squad to a 89-84 win over the South, which was led by Crumpton. The two are set to become teammates next season at Canisius College, which made their battle the main attraction.
The future teammates said they enjoy healthy competition whenever they’re pitted against each other on the court.
Crumpton said he thought Weir got the best of him on Thursday night, but Weir added that even when Jermaine isn’t scoring, he does everything else so well that he still ends up impacting the game.
Kenmore West coach Mike Meetze, who led the South team, said he appreciated the competitive nature of both All-Western New York talents.
“It’s funny because I didn’t have Jermaine pick Adam up right away, but then I look out there and they’re matched up on each other,” Meetze said. “Those two have that good competitive rivalry and they’re taking it to the next level. When they’re in games like this they want to prove who’s better, and that’s the neat thing about this. Kids who don’t normally play together get to play to prove something.”
Next season Crumpton and Weir figure to go at it on the practice floor at Canisius, and Crumpton said it should be fun because Weir is such a talented player.
On the court, Crumpton said the two go so well together because they each have complementary skills sets. Crumpton can bang inside and attack the basket off the dribble, while Weir is a sniper from outside and a threat to score every time he attacks the paint, Crumpton said.