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Re: Class AA: State Tourney Thread

Postby Tom Nolette » Fri Feb 17, 2017 4:40 am

No. 5 Scarborough advances with win over Bonny Eagle
The Red Storm beat fourth-seeded Scots, 51-30, in quarterfinals and advance to play No. 1 South Portland.

... Fiorillo finished with 14 points that included a pair of first-quarter 3-pointers, and Lagerquist added 12 points and 10 rebounds.

Maturo led Bonny Eagle with 15 points. The teams split regular-season games, each winning away from home.

A week earlier in the regular-season finale, Scarborough beat Bonny Eagle 50-42 to clinch a tournament berth.

Coach Phil Conley, in his first season with Scarborough after a long stretch at South Portland, credited the high character of his players.

“Never once did they give up when we were 0-5, 0-7, 0-10,” Conley said. “They stayed together as a group and they believed in the coaching staff. In the process of never giving up and working hard, we got better and better and better.”

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Re: Class AA: State Tourney Thread

Postby Tom Nolette » Tue Feb 21, 2017 6:54 am

Tuesday, February 21
Semi-final action:
Video broadcast of semi-final and regional finals are free from to watch at
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Portland
6:00pm AA Boys #2 Thornton Academy 56 vs #6-Gorham 49
7:30pm AA Boys #1 South Portland 78 vs #5-Scarborough 53

Augusta
8:00pm AA Boys #2 Edward Little 55 vs #6 Windham 44
9:30pm AA Boys #1 Portland 56 vs #5 Oxford Hills 36

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Re: Class AA: State Tourney Thread

Postby Tom Nolette » Wed Feb 22, 2017 4:55 am

South Portland boys surge early, eliminate Scarborough in semifinals

PORTLAND—A year ago, South Portland’s boys’ basketball team embraced their Cinderella status and made an improbable tournament run that didn’t end until the Red Riots fell two points shy of a state title.

This winter, South Portland is the favorite in Class AA South and the Red Riots are well aware of what happens to the favorite if it doesn’t play well, but Tuesday evening, South Portland’s playoff debut was one of sheer dominance.

Facing upstart No. 5 seed Scarborough at the Cross Insurance Arena, the top-ranked Red Riots ended all doubt early, racing to a 12-1 lead and a 16-5 advantage after eight minutes.

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South Portland cruises past Scarborough
Ruay Bol scores 22 points as the Red Riots earn a return trip to the regional final.

... “Playing on the bigger court, we were able to spread out more,” said Ruay Bol, who scored 18 of his 22 points in the first half and finished with 10 rebounds for the Red Riots. “We had room to move. I found the holes and the guys were getting me the ball.”

Bol scored 14 points in the second quarter in a variety of ways – fast-break layups, offensive rebounds, a runner in the lane and a 15-foot jumper.

“When he gets that look in his eye, there aren’t many people who can stop him,” said South Portland Coach Kevin Millington. “If he can get to the rim and he’s finishing, it’s tough for anyone.”

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Re: Class AA: State Tourney Thread

Postby Tom Nolette » Wed Feb 22, 2017 5:15 am

Portland headed back to regional final
The reigning Class AA champions allow just six points in the first half while beating Oxford Hills in the North semifinals, 56-36.

... “No matter how many years I do it, the first game you play in the tournament is always nerve-wracking,” said Portland Coach Joe Russo, now in his 27th season. “We didn’t play great. Some of that was nerves … and 13 days off.

“But I can’t remember when we had a pretty first game. You struggle with your rhythm.”

Russo also credited the Vikings’ game plan.

“Oxford Hills did some things to change the tempo – slowing things down at the beginning, then pressing at half court – that made it worse for us. They kept us off balance.”

http://www.pressherald.com/2017/02/21/b ... nal-final/

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Vikings can't recover from nightmare second quarter, fall to Bulldogs in AA North semis


AUGUSTA — Oxford Hills took six shots from the floor in the second quarter of Tuesday night's Class AA North semifinal and hit none of them.

If not for Colton Carson's baseball pass hitting the center-court overhang in the final seconds of the period, the Vikings wouldn't have disturbed the scoreboard at all in the quarter.

As if being shut out for the entire quarter was not enough, Portland's Terion Moss subsequently drilled a 25-footer at the halftime buzzer to put the top-seeded Bulldogs up 22-6. And coming back on the defending state champions is a nearly impossible task.

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Re: Class AA: State Tourney Thread

Postby Tom Nolette » Wed Feb 22, 2017 5:21 am

Edward Little stops Windham, 55-44
The second-seeded Red Eddies avenge their only loss and move on to the Class AA North final.

AUGUSTA — Edward Little briefly lost its lead in the third quarter, then clamped down on defense and finished off a 55-44 victory over Windham in a Class AA North boys’ basketball semifinal Tuesday night at the Augusta Civic Center.

“They’ve worked really hard all year on being a good defensive team,” said EL Coach Mike Adams. “You’ve got to win in the quarter court. You’ve got to defend in the quarter court and score in the quarter court.”

http://www.pressherald.com/2017/02/21/b ... ham-55-44/

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Edward Little boys erase Windham in Class AA North semifinals

... Norcross Plourde made 3 of 4 foul shots in the fourth, and the Red Eddies made 10 of 15 as a team.

"We made our free throws at the end," EL coach Mike Adams said. "They were doing some trick defenses and not guarding our point guard Tyler, and Tyler stepped into shots and made them."

Tyler is Tyler Morin, who scored eight of his 10 points in the fourth, including 4 of 5 from the charity stripe.

"Morin ended up hurting us. He hit shots, and tip his cap to him, he hit shots when he needed to," Pulkinnen said. "It's pick your poison with those guys, and the poison bit us tonight."

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Re: Class AA: State Tourney Thread

Postby Tom Nolette » Wed Feb 22, 2017 5:28 am

Thornton Academy stops Gorham
The Trojans earn a spot in the Class AA South final with a 56-49 victory.

... “Our team defense was really solid for the most part, especially early,” said Thornton Coach Bob Davies. “For the entire first half and most of the third quarter, our guys did a really great job being where they were supposed to be and rotating to help. Late in the third and in the fourth, we lost track of that and they hit some shots to stay in it, but defensively, the first half was just a great team effort.”

Thornton took control early, using a smothering defense to jump out to a 12-2 advantage by the end of the first quarter. John Fogg scored five of his 13 points, while Evan Christensen controlled the glass with five rebounds.

“It’s good to get some momentum going early,” said Davies. “If you play that type of basketball, you’re going to give yourself a chance to win.”

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Re: Class AA: State Tourney Thread

Postby TAallday » Wed Feb 22, 2017 8:27 am

The Thornton vs. Gorham contest was a bit boring...

Basically, TA's offense was anemic, allowed Gorham to stay around, and has me pretty worried about Friday evening. Overall, Gorham was lucky to hang around and was buoyed by Jackson Fotter, who is one heck of a point guard.

TA was stagnant on offense, loose with the ball, and missed far too many free throws. They could have buried Gorham in the second or third quarter, but they let them hang around. Hopefully they pick up the intensity and pace against SOPO on Friday.

I'll take SOPO by eight.
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Re: Class AA: State Tourney Thread

Postby Tom Nolette » Wed Feb 22, 2017 10:04 am

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Re: Class AA: State Tourney Thread

Postby Miren » Wed Feb 22, 2017 3:11 pm

14 Mar 2016 Miren wrote... Impressive players from Edward Little, Jarod Norcross Plourde, Samatar Iman and long range shooter Darby Shea will make EL a very tough team to beat next year in HS ball.
Tom, Dick and Harry already knew back then what Miren thinks of PHS.

EL vs PHS this Friday @ The Augusta Civic Center should be a very close fought game. In the 1st meeting PHS was without senior Clay Hardy. Hardy may be the one of the best defenders and possibly the most athletic player in the state. Then you have Edward Littles WOL see Hardy. This game will come down to ball protection, rebounding and 50/50 balls. These are the two top teams from the North and each will have a great shot at the Gold Ball vs either SOPO or TA.
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Re: Class AA: State Tourney Thread

Postby MattyB » Fri Feb 24, 2017 10:23 pm

Whistlefest in the night cap much? Wow.
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