Class A: State Tourney Thread

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Re: Class A: State Tourney Thread

Postby Tom Nolette » Thu Feb 23, 2017 4:21 am

Wednesday, February 22

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Portland
6:00pm A Boys #3-Cape Elizabeth 38 vs. #2-Falmouth 43
7:30pm A Boys #4-York 54 vs. #1-Greely 59

Augusta
7:00pm A Boys #7-Cony 61 vs. #3-Oceanside 67
8:30pm A Boys #8-Skowhegan 55 vs. #5-Messalonskee 64

Video:
Oceanside and Messalonskee Boys Advance to Class A North Finals
- http://wabi.tv/2017/02/23/oceanside-and ... th-finals/

Tournament Wednesday Morning and Afternoon Games From Bangor and Augusta
- http://wabi.tv/2017/02/22/tournament-we ... d-augusta/

Tourney Time 2/23
- http://www.wcsh6.com/sports/tourney-time-2-23/412964275

Regional Finals tickets punched in Class A North hoops
- http://www.foxbangor.com/sports/item/18 ... orth-hoops

PODCAST: CENTER COURT, TOURNAMENT WEDNESDAY EDITION
Nokomis guard Sidney Moore, Messalonskee’s James Kouletsis, Cony boys coach T.J. Maines and Messalonskee girls coach Keith Derosby all stop by the podcast to talk about Wednesday’s action at the Augusta Civic Center

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Re: Class A: State Tourney Thread

Postby Tom Nolette » Thu Feb 23, 2017 5:22 am

No stumble this time, Greely holds off York, punches ticket to regional final

PORTLAND—A year ago, when its semifinal round game was slipping away, Greely’s boys’ basketball team couldn’t recover.

Wednesday evening, the top-ranked, undefeated Rangers saw a 13-point third quarter disappear in their Class A South semifinal against No. 4 York at the Cross Insurance Arena, but this time, with the prospect of an agonizing, season-ending defeat starting it in the face, Greely responded like the champion it hopes to become.

The Rangers’ senior core of Jordan Bagshaw, Matt McDevitt and Ryan Twitchell produced a 33-22 halftime lead and when sophomore Zach Brown made a pair of free throws early in the third period, Greely appeared bound for a decisive win, but the Wildcats, thanks to the sharpshooting of senior Reed Hogan, roared back and pulled within 40-39 heading for the fourth period.

http://www.theforecaster.net/no-stumble ... nal-final/

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No. 1 Greely escapes York’s upset bid
The Rangers give up a big lead but grind out a 59-54 win to advance to the Class A South final.

... Jordan Bagshaw (15 points) made a steal near midcourt and turned it into a three-point play with 3:41 left to put Greely ahead 50-46.

On the next possession, York ran its offense precisely for nearly a minute, but Greely continually cut off the lanes and covered shooters. With Hogan bottled up (one point in the fourth quarter), a shot in the paint by Trevor LaBonte (14 points) was blocked by McDevitt.

“I really think our defense stepped up in the second half, especially on Hogan,” Bagshaw said.

Greely led by at least four the rest of the way.

“Obviously those overtime games and close games are character builders, and they helped us down the stretch,” said Greely Coach Travis Seaver.

http://www.pressherald.com/2017/02/22/b ... upset-bid/
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Re: Class A: State Tourney Thread

Postby Tom Nolette » Thu Feb 23, 2017 5:24 am

Falmouth overcomes injury, adversity, downs Cape in semifinals

PORTLAND—When you’ve won nearly 500 high school basketball games as a coach, it’s not very often that you’re surprised.

Rarer still that you’re pleasantly surprised.

Wednesday evening at the Cross Insurance Arena, longtime Falmouth coach Dave Halligan looked like a proud father at times as his Yachtsmen pulled off one of the most inspirational victories in their illustrious history.

http://www.theforecaster.net/falmouth-o ... emifinals/

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A bittersweet win for Falmouth
The Yachtsmen beat Cape Elizabeth to reach the Class A South final, but lose star Colin Coyne to an injury.

... Coyne – a four-year starter who Falmouth Coach Dave Halligan called the team’s “heart and soul” – suffered a broken leg two minutes into the game. He limped off the court into the locker room before heading to a hospital.

“It was just a freak thing, just unfortunate circumstances,” Halligan said. “We just had to play together as a team.”

Sean Walsh – a senior captain who scored 11 points for the Yachtsmen – said Simonds and Manganello “really stepped up.”

“They’ve been really good since they were young,” Walsh said, “and they really proved that today.”

http://www.pressherald.com/2017/02/22/b ... -falmouth/
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Re: Class A: State Tourney Thread

Postby Tom Nolette » Thu Feb 23, 2017 6:04 am

Oceanside holds off Cony in ‘A’ boys semifinal

... Junior forward Michael Norton Jr. scored 24 points to pace Oceanside offensively while Nate Raye and Cooper Wirkala added 13 points each and Sam Atwood chipped in eight.

The Mariners also got a big performance from sophomore forward Amos Anderson, who came off the bench to contribute seven points and a team-high eight rebounds.

Junior guard Jordan Roddy scored 24 points — 17 in the first half — for Cony before fouling out with 41.5 seconds left and Oceanside clinging to a 63-61 lead

http://bangordailynews.com/2017/02/22/s ... semifinal/

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Oceanside stops Cony
The third-seeded Mariners earn a 67-61 win and are one step away from a second straight Class A North title.

... Cony (11-10), which used its full-court pressure defense to roll to a 60-48 win over No. 2 Hampden Academy in the quarterfinals, pushed Oceanside to the limit.

“They run a lot of guys at you,” Oceanside Coach Matt Breen said. “We tried to rotate guys in and tried to use our timeouts to make sure my guys had enough legs at the end. We emphasize conditioning and it paid off tonight.

“They like to cause chaos. In the first half we did a bad job of guarding the basketball. We made some adjustments at halftime. To hold that team to 21 points in the second half was pretty good.”

http://www.pressherald.com/2017/02/22/b ... tops-cony/

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Mariners ramp up second-half defense, oust upset-minded Rams in semifinals
Oceanside plays for regional crown Feb. 24 against Messalonskee of Oakland

... Cooper Wrikala and Nate Raye also had 13-point efforts, while Sam Atwood tallied eight; Amos Anderson, seven; and Josef Berger, two.

Raye also stepped up immensely for Oceanside as he proved to be the catalyst for the higher seed, as he led its defensive press breaker and either finished at the rim or dished out assists in the paint.

“This was a different team going five in five out,” said Raye. “We didn’t know what to [expect]. We knew they’d press a lot and we’d have to break that press and that they had a couple good players and they shot the ball quite a bit. We just tried to break that press and get some open shots and we did.”

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Re: Class A: State Tourney Thread

Postby Tom Nolette » Thu Feb 23, 2017 6:08 am

Messalonskee boys overcome Skowhegan in OT in ‘A’ North semifinal

... AUGUSTA, Maine — There’s nothing like having experienced guards at tournament time.

Senior James Kouletsis scored with three seconds left in the fourth quarter to force overtime, then backcourt mate and classmate Nathan Violette scored four of his team-high 25 points in the extra period as Messalonskee of Oakland outlasted Skowhegan 64-55 in a Class A North boys basketball semifinal at the Augusta Civic Center on Wednesday night.

http://bangordailynews.com/2017/02/22/s ... semifinal/

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Messalonskee stops Skowhegan in overtime
Eagles rally from late deficit to win in extra session.

... “We just didn’t stop knowing that we could pull this out,” said Violette, a senior captain who led Messalonskee with 25 points. “We knew that if we all came together, we could achieve what we’ve wanted to achieve from the very beginning.”

The dramatic finish continued a season that seemed to be on its last legs, as Skowhegan — looking for another upset after stunning No. 1 Medomak Valley in the quarters — led by five points with 1:53 to play and four points after a pair of Garrett McSweeney free throws with 44 seconds left.

But Violette, as was the case all night, had the answer. He brought the ball up and hoisted a high-arcing shot that splashed for his fifth 3-pointer with 32 seconds to go, cutting a 50-46 lead to 50-49 and putting the Eagles right back in charge of their own fates.

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Re: Class A: State Tourney Thread

Postby Tom Nolette » Fri Feb 24, 2017 6:18 am

Familiar foes to square off in Class A North regional finals
Messalonskee girls prep for Nokomis, while Messalonskee and Oceanside boys renew rivalry.

... The Messalonskee boys, meanwhile, will have their hands full with an Oceanside quad that is looking for its second straight trip to the state final. The Mariners entered the A North tournament as the fifth seed last season, before knocking off Messalonskee, Hampden and Medomak. Oceanside fell in the Class A state game to Falmouth, 59-28.

“We lost to them last year in the first round, and I have not forgot that moment,” Messalonskee senior captain Nate Violette said. “So I just know that, hey, they don’t know what’s coming. This is a new team that they’re going to see in the playoffs.”

“We know these guys well,” McLaughlin added. “We’ll be ready for them.”

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Re: Class A: State Tourney Thread

Postby Tom Nolette » Sat Feb 25, 2017 4:25 am

Friday February 24

A Boys Regional Championship
Messalonskee 55 vs. #3-Oceanside 39

Video Highlights

Tournament Friday Afternoon Sessions Bangor and Augusta

- http://wabi.tv/2017/02/24/tournament-fr ... d-augusta/

- Tourney Time: Regional finals
- http://www.wcsh6.com/sports/high-school ... /414552039

Messalonskee sweeps Class A North basketball championships
- http://www.foxbangor.com/sports/item/18 ... mpionships

Podcast: Center Court, Class A North championships
Travis Barrett is joined by Messalonskee coaches and players in a breakdown of the Class A North title games Friday at the Augusta Civic Center.http://www.centralmaine.com/2017/02/24/ ... pionships/
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Re: Class A: State Tourney Thread

Postby Tom Nolette » Sat Feb 25, 2017 5:49 am

Messalonskee tops Oceanside for ‘A’ North boys championship

... The wait proved longer than the Messalonskee of Oakland senior guard would have hoped — until the start of the second half — but he made the most of his return. Violette scored 14 third-quarter points as the Eagles won their first regional title with a 61-40 victory over defending champion Oceanside of Rockland-Thomaston at the Augusta Civic Center.

“This is the first Northern Maine championship game I’ve ever played in and in the first I half I didn’t play much,” said Violette, who finished with a game-high 21 points. “So I was pumped and ready to go for that second half because I really wanted to play and make some noise.”

Backcourt mate and classmate James Kouletsis also had a big second half as Messalonskee extended its 24-14 intermission lead, scoring 11 of his 13 points and grabbing eight of his game-high 11 rebounds after the break.

http://bangordailynews.com/2017/02/24/s ... mpionship/

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Messalonskee prevents Oceanside repeat in Class A North
The fifth-seeded Eagles rout the defending regional champions, 61-40.
... “Throughout the week, Coach (Peter McLaughlin) would stop us at practice and have us look at the wall and say, ‘Hey, you know what I hate about this place? There’s no banner up there for boys’ basketball,'” said Violette, who finished with a game-high 21 points. “So there’s going to be one there now.”

Messalonskee (16-5) will return to the ACC for the state final at 2:45 p.m. next Saturday against the winner of Saturday’s South final between Greely (20-0) and defending state champion Falmouth (15-5).

Violette was named the outstanding player of the regional. James Kouletsis contributed 13 points and 12 rebounds, and Griffin Tuttle added 10 points and six rebounds.

http://www.pressherald.com/2017/02/24/b ... rth-title/

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w/ video: Messalonskee boys basketball wins Class A North title
No. 5 Eagles down Oceanside for school's 1st regional championship.

.... “Wow, that’s how you win championships, right there,” said Tuttle, when told how ineffective the Eagles had rendered Oceanside’s top scoring threats. “It’s really just about communication and intensity. When you work hard and communciate, that’s all defense comes down to, really.”

http://www.centralmaine.com/2017/02/24/ ... rth-title/

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Lights-out shooting carries Messalonskee over Oceanside for Class A North title
Eagles fly high early, maintain comfortable cushion throughout to beat defending champion Mariners

... Raye said despite the Marines' early deficit in Friday's regional championship game against the Eagles, the players felt, even at the start of the second half, they could make a comeback, and had proven that by beating Messalonskee during the regular season when trailing by 13 points at halftime.

That positive mindset changed for the Mariners, Raye said, about midway through the third quarter "when they were hitting all of their shots and our shots still weren't really falling as much."

"The kids gave me all they could all year long," Breen said. "They had a great season that ended in disappointment. This loss should not overshadow all they accomplished. We graduated seven players from last year's team. There was a lot uncertainty about this group. Once the season got going we got great leadership from our seniors. Our younger or less experienced kids developed in a hurry. It was a pleasure to be a part of this group."

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Re: Class A: State Tourney Thread

Postby Tom Nolette » Sat Feb 25, 2017 7:14 am

Saturday, February 25
Championship Saturday

Portland
8:00pm A Boys Regional Championship
Falmouth 26 vs. Greely 47


[b] Video highlights:

Tourney Time Feb. 25 2017
- http://www.wcsh6.com/sports/high-school ... /414764237

Greely boys; Brunswick girls headed to states
- http://www.wmtw.com/article/greely-boys ... es/8981372
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Re: Class A: State Tourney Thread

Postby Tom Nolette » Sun Feb 26, 2017 6:07 am

Greely beats Falmouth, wins Class A South
The undefeated Rangers are headed to their first state championship game since 1998.


... Twitchell was named the regional tournament’s outstanding player.

“Ryan’s been really great for us all year, but I came to him today and really challenged him because we gave up 18 offensive boards to York the other night,” said Greely Coach Travis Seaver. “I wanted him to absolutely dominate the glass and Ryan did.”

Matt McDevitt had 11 points for Greely. The senior standout got his team off to a quick start with four points in the opening minutes. When sophomore Zach Brown (nine points) hit an open 3-pointer, Greely was in front 10-2.

“It was a goal of ours. We wanted to come in and set the tone early,” said Seaver.


http://www.pressherald.com/2017/02/25/b ... s-a-south/

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Greely ends Falmouth's reign, reaches state game for first time since 1998

PORTLAND—All winter, Greely’s boys’ basketball team has embraced the expectations and the pressure that comes with them.

The Rangers believed they were the best team around and weren’t shy about letting anyone know it.

Saturday evening at the Cross Insurance Arena, Greely’s belief was validated in emphatic fashion as the Rangers overcame the weight of history and a spirited, albeit depleted foe in the Class A South Final.

Facing defending Class A state champion Falmouth, playing without its injured senior standout Colin Coyne, Greely never gave the underdog Yachtsmen hope and after so many frustrations in recent years, the Rangers finally got to be the team dancing on the floor and cutting down the nets.

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