Tonawanda News —
On almost any other night, Ben Stich would receive top billing for his performance Wednesday night when North Tonawanda and Tonawanda renewed their hoops rivalry at George H. Miller gym.
But NT's Joe Piotrowski's star shined just a bit brighter, as the senior scored 31 points to lead the Jacks to their second-straight win over Tonawanda, 63-49.
Piotrowski and Stich both put on a shooting exhibition for those that came out the night before Thanksgiving, each hitting six 3-pointers, respectively.
Jacks coach Ryan Mountain said his team expects a lot out of Piotrowski and the senior delivered in the opener.
"It's written on the back of our T-shirts: separation is in the preparation. Joe's busted his butt for eight long months," Mountain said. "His shot has been looking great, he's taking it hard to the hole and his mental discipline has improved immensely. … We're going to do the best we can to set him up to score, and he'll return the favor to the rest of his teammates."
Mountain was impressed with the Warriors. He said they played great, and despite the Jacks outscoring them 21-5 in the second quarter, Tonawanda never gave up.
"We knew Tonawanda would play well tonight. They're a good team and they'll win some games in their league and possibly win it. I believe that," Mountain said. "Stich is a great shooter, and we knew if his feet are set it's going down."
Tonawanda coach Henry Hughes said Stich did everything he could have asked of his senior leader, calling him the ultimate floor general.
"I thought Ben did an excellent job — offensively, defensively, he was all over the floor — I think he played a really good game," Hughes said. "I'm very proud of Ben. … He did an outstanding job."