Niagara Gazette — With sole-possession of first place in the Niagara Frontier League on the line, Niagara Falls (7-1, 5-0) never trailed en route to an 82-58 victory over Kenmore West at Niagara Falls High School.
Despite the added magnitude of the game with both teams coming in undefeated in the league and Niagara Falls attempting to avenge a home loss to Ken West last season, the Wolverines saw the game as just any other game on the schedule.
"That's not something we talk about. We go into games ready to play one game at a time," Wolverines head coach Sal Constantino said. "I don't even know if my guys knew we were tied for first place."
The Wolverines' exploded out of the gates en route to a 20-point first quarter, fueled by a 12-4 run to start the game. Senior Jermaine Crumpton netted 14 of his 24 points in the first, while the Blue Devils (6-3, 4-1) managed just 10 as a team.
Constantino attributed the quick start to the team's ability to get Crumpton — who will play Division I at Canisius next year — involved in the offense from the start and that led to continued success the rest of the game.
"We like to get Jermaine (Crumpton) going early and he did get going early and our energy really goes from there," Constantino said.
Ken West played a majority of the game without 6-foot-7 center Quinton Campbell, who picked up two early fouls and continued through the game in foul trouble before fouling out in the fourth. He was held scoreless in the second and third quarters and finished with just just eight points. Blue Devils' head coach Mike Meetze said Campbell being limited changed the complexion of the game for his team.
"When (Campbell) gets his second foul a minute into the game, that kind of changes what we try to do," he said. "I don't think he played more than seven total minutes and that's kind of tough. Unfortunately, the kids kind of let that play in a little bit."