MPA approves changes for Class AA basketball tourney

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MPA approves changes for Class AA basketball tourney

Postby Tom Nolette » Sat Apr 01, 2017 3:14 am

MPA approves changes for Class AA basketball tourney

... Those quarterfinal matchups will be played on the same dates as preliminary rounds in other classes. Like those prelim games, the Class AA quarterfinals will be played on the home floor for the higher seed in each game. From there, the regional semifinals until state championship rounds will be played at neutral sites.

MPA Executive Director Dick Durost said these changes were made in an effort to accommodate the Class AA's unique geography. The class is made up of fewer teams than others, and Bangor High School is the only school North of the Lewiston-Auburn area.

Also included in the change, Class AA's tournament will be played in Portland, rather than Augusta, for the regional semifinals and finals. The location for the state championship game has not yet been determined.

http://www.foxbangor.com/sports/item/19 ... ll-tourney
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Postby Tom Nolette » Sat Apr 01, 2017 3:21 am

State AA basketball tourney returning to Portland

Earlier today, the Maine Principals Association approved a new two-year plan that returns the AA boys and girls state basketball tournament to Portland after a one-year hiatus.

http://wgme.com/sports/content/state-aa ... o-portland
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Postby Tom Nolette » Sat Apr 01, 2017 4:16 am

MPA adopts new ‘AA’ basketball format, eyes better tourney experience

... “They suggested some ideas and we worked together to come up with this solution,” Fuller said. “It’s a credit to them to be willing to say we’ll go down to Portland for those semis and regionals, and they wanted something in return and that’s the opportunity to host the quarters. We agreed and understood their issues of travel, and I think this is a fair compromise.”

Another change to the Class AA postseason format will qualify eight schools or the top two-thirds of competing teams, whichever is greater, for tournament play in each region.

That means all eight schools in Class AA North and South boys and Class AA North girls will advance to regional quarterfinals while eight of the nine Class AA South girls schools will qualify for postseason play.

http://bangordailynews.com/2017/03/31/s ... -portland/
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Postby Tom Nolette » Sat Apr 01, 2017 4:40 am

Class AA tournament moving to Portland

...Joe Russo, coach of two-time defending Class AA state champion Portland, applauded the move. The Bulldogs have played in Augusta the last two years, often in late starts and in front of sparse crowds.

“That’s awesome,” he said. “The ones who are going to benefit are going to be the family and fans. They’re the ones who really missed out. The players will play anywhere and they don’t care what time the game starts. Once the ball is tossed up, it didn’t matter if it was midnight or 2 in the morning, they were going to play.

“Now, not only are you guaranteed a better crowd, but the people who supported you are going to be able to go to the game too.”

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Re: MPA approves changes for Class AA basketball tourney

Postby salsgang » Sat Apr 01, 2017 6:58 am

Seems like a reasonable plan with lots of input from all sides. Will be interesting to see how the Portland tourney schedule shakes out with the other classes particularly around the regional final dates. Would not be surprised if States end up in Augusta again due to America East tourney at CIA.
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Re: MPA approves changes for Class AA basketball tourney

Postby TAallday » Sat Apr 01, 2017 9:48 am

How cool would it be to tie both the America East Championship and the State games into one event...wishful thinking, I know, but cool.
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Postby interloper » Sat Apr 01, 2017 9:54 am

Seriously everyone make the tournament?
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Postby bcbc55 » Sat Apr 01, 2017 12:48 pm

interloper wrote:Seriously everyone make the tournament?


I: Now watch that AA is back to an open tournament, A B C and D will want it too. Can't discriminate by class can we?
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Re: MPA approves changes for Class AA basketball tourney

Postby Patsfan07 » Sat Apr 01, 2017 6:45 pm

Too bad it wasn't an Open tourney this year.....the SP gym would be hopping with that big matchup with winless Noble. :lol:
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Re: MPA approves changes for Class AA basketball tourney

Postby bcbc55 » Sat Apr 01, 2017 9:27 pm

Patsfan07 wrote:Too bad it wasn't an Open tourney this year.....the SP gym would be hopping with that big matchup with winless Noble. :lol:


Patsfan07: Great point. Do you think it would've out drawn the North's Lewiston @ Portland at the Expo?
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