Niagara Gazette — The bright lights of Division I basketball at Canisius College await Niagara Falls senior Jermaine Crumpton next season. But before the Gazette Player of the Year moves on, he played one final game in the Wolvearena Thursday night in the 2013 PAL/ACE All Star Game.
Crumpton’s South squad fell 89-84, but as time expired he drained a 3-pointer from well beyond the arc. It was a great way to finish, according to Kenmore West coach Mike Meetze, who led the South team.
“Jermaine hit that last shot and I said to him, ‘We didn’t win but you hit the last shot in your last game in your gym,’” Meetze said. “That’s pretty cool.”
Crumpton said after the game that it was sad playing his final game at Niagara Falls, but that he’s excited for the next part of his journey.
“I enjoyed playing here,” he said. “It’s been fun while it lasted but I look forward to what’s ahead of me at the next level.”
The main attraction of the senior/junior game was Crumpton leading his South team against Canisius’ Adam Weir and the North. The two are set to become teammates next season at Canisius College, but they enjoy healthy competition whenever they’re pitted against each other.
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.
Meetze 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.”