Tonawanda News —
Kenmore West coach Mike Meetze said that every time his basketball team goes up against North Tonawanda's he expects a physical game. And judging from the amount of ice used on both sides after 32 minutes, he wasn't kidding.
The Blue Devils outlasted the Lumberjacks, 60-42 in a game where a player from both sides had to be helped off the court after suffering a leg injury.
Blue Devils (2-2, 2-0 NFL) big man Quinton Campbell limped off midway through the fourth quarter with an apparent ankle injury and spent the rest of the game on crutches. But before he went out he went off, scoring six of the Blue Devils' first eight points in the quarter. It was almost like a switch went off in his head.
"He asked for the ball. He said, 'Give me the ball.' So we did," Meetze said. "When he gets one-on-one we tell him that he has a green light. If anything we have to tell him he's too unselfish sometimes."
Campbell finished with a game-high 16 points, 15 rebounds and four blocks, despite going out early in the fourth quarter and dealing with double teams for most of the game. Meetze said after the game that he was still waiting to find out how serious the injury was to his star big man, but is hoping it's only a sprain.
The Blue Devils controlled the pace of the game throughout and put pressure on the Lumberjacks' (1-5, 0-2 NFL) backcourt. Ken West finished with 12 steals in the game and Meetze said he was happy with the way his team defended.
"I liked our on-the-ball defense tonight. ... That's going to be our key," he said. "If we can put pressure on guards then we get to run — and you saw us in transition. I don't think we shot the ball very well tonight from outside or inside. We missed a lot of ones that we usually make, but our defense was what was keeping us around."