Tonawanda News —
Lumberjacks guard Joe Piotrowski netted a team-high 13 points, 11 of which came in the fourth quarter when he tried to lead his team back from a large deficit. He sank three 3-pointers in the final eight minutes after returning from a leg injury suffered when he collided with Ken West's Adam Fron late in the third quarter.
NT coach Ryan Mountain said the difference in the game was missed opportunities by his squad.
"That's a team we can beat. No question about it," Mountain said of the Blue Devils. "We probably missed around eight layups — easy, high-percentage shots and unfortunately they're so athletic and great at what they do they convert missed, high-percentage shots into layups at the other end. That was the difference in the game because you're looking at 16 points — us not converting on one end and them taking advantage of it."
Ken West's Shay Cuadra scored 13 points and grabbed nine rebounds while North Tonawanda's Chris Woodard totaled 12 points, three rebounds and four assists.
NT forward Ian Gilhousen played for the first time this season and scored four points and grabbed five rebounds. Jacks center Michael Awad had to be helped off the floor in the second quarter after suffering a knee injury. He scored four points before he left the game.
Both teams are back at it on Friday night when the Jacks host Kenmore East and the Blue Devils travel to play Lockport. Both games tip at 7 p.m.Contact Sports Editor Matt Parrino at 693-1000 ext 4117 and find Tonawanda News sports on Twitter @tonanewssports.