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Postby Tom Nolette » Fri Dec 08, 2017 6:57 am

SJ Preview: Telstar Boys' Basketball

The Rebels return four seniors, three who were starters last year.

Forward Jarrett Bean, who has led them in scoring and rebounding the last two years. He led the MVC in the latter last year. He will be joined in the frontcourt by fellow seniors Connor Landes and Aaron Vermette. Blake Rothwell will run the point. He will be helped off the bench by juniors Colby Marriott and Tristen Lilly.

After that, depth and inexperience are concerns. Freshman Davin Mason will start at guard, and there are three other freshmen and a sophomore who may have to contribute.

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SJ Preview: Buckfield Boys' Basketball

... The Bucks have the talent to pile up wins in the East-West Conference this year. The question is whether those victories will be valuable enough in Heal points to get them back in the tournament for the first time since 2012.

Senior forwards Ethan Jackson and Zack Grover return as team leaders. The athletic Jackson helps the Bucks hold their own on the boards even though they don’t have a lot of size. Grover is their go-to scorer, but also a floor general who can create for others.

Junior guard Noah Wylie and sophomore forward Tyler Gammon are also capable scorers. Rines is hoping the quartet can learn to work together more on both ends of the floor.

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Postby Tom Nolette » Fri Dec 08, 2017 7:04 am

SJ Class A boys' preview: Hornets, Cougars hope stability will spark turnaround

... Leavitt and Mt. Blue are hoping to establish some continuity this season and beyond, which they hope in turn will establish them as perennial tournament participants after missing out both years since realignment.

Leavitt expects to have continuity in the backcourt after some upheaval last season. After cycling through four different point guards last year, freshman Wyatt Hathaway will be running the point this year, flanked by senior Bryce Hudson, junior Josh Banks and sophomores Damion Calder, Mark Herman and Keegan Melanson.

“We have some very young guards, but they’re athletic and quick,” coach Mike Hathaway said.

Coach Hathaway’s directive to his son at the point and the rest of the backcourt will be to push the ball. The Hornets aren’t as big as they have been in recent years, although they do have a promising young big man in 6-5 sophomore Cole Morin, who averaged 7.5 points and nine rebounds per game as a freshman.

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SJ Preview: Leavitt Boys' Basketball

... “We’re going to play a lot more guys and we’re going to be a lot more up-tempo and run a lot more than we have in the past,” coach Mike Hathaway said.

The key to maintaining that style will be a collection of young, quick guards and wing players. It should help that after running the offense through four different point guards last year, the Hornets expect to have more stability at that spot with freshman Wyatt Hathaway holding down the position.

Senior Bryce Hudson, juniors Josh Banks and Stephen Gray, and sophomores Damion Calder, Mark Herman and Keegan Melanson will help fill the lanes. Senior Tim Albert moves from the wing to power forward to help Morin underneath. Senior Tristan Swan and junior Oren Shaw provide frontcourt depth.

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Postby Tom Nolette » Fri Dec 08, 2017 7:08 am

SJ Preview: Mt. Blue Boys' Basketball

Returning players: Senior — Marshall Doyon (5-8 guard); James Anderson (6-0 forward); Junior — Garrett Reynolds (5-10 guard).

Key losses: Caleb Hall, Cooper Hollinsworth, Makao Thompson, Cole Dorman.

Promising newcomers: Juniors — Caleb Talbot (6-1 center/forward), Randy Barker (5-10 forward), Noah Bell (5-10 forward); Sophomores — Dillon Baker (5-9 guard), Dawson Black (5-10 guard), Caleb Caton (5-9 guard), Jackson Eustis (5-9 guard), Hunter Donald (5-10 forward), Hunter Meeks (5-10 forward); Freshman — Jacob Farnham (5-11 guard).

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Postby Tom Nolette » Fri Dec 08, 2017 7:12 am

SJ Class B South Boys: Return of Spruce Mtn. may help MVC tip balance of power

...Three years ago, Spruce Mountain switched its affiliation from the Mountain Valley Conference to the Kennebec Valley Athletic Conference, in part to face more Class B competition in the regular season so it could be better prepared to face the same competition in the postseason.

The Phoenix are back where many feel they belong, the MVC. While that means more games against Class C teams during the regular season, coach Scott Bessey vowed his team will be ready come tournament time as long as it stays “focused on the big picture — to get to Portland and build on our success last year.”

Spruce Mountain can top last year’s trip to the regional semifinals if it practices and plays with a sense of urgency, Bessey said. Burnout is not a concern because this team may be even deeper than last year’s team.

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Postby Tom Nolette » Fri Dec 08, 2017 7:15 am

SJ Preview: Gray-New Gloucester Boys' Basketball

...The Patriots hope to continue being upwardly mobile with four returning starters, 10 returning varsity players overall and the kind of depth and balance coaches crave.

“We like our mix of guards, wings and size/post players,” Patriots coach Ryan Deschenes said.

Deschenes has one of the best shooters in Class B in Martin, a Western Maine Conference all-star who averaged 17.5 ppg as a sophomore. Rottari can also stretch a defense from long range, which should create more space for big men such as senior forward Zac Brady and junior center Hunter Colby to operate inside.

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Postby Tom Nolette » Fri Dec 08, 2017 7:17 am

SJ Preview: Poland Boys' Basketball

...“We’re very inexperienced,” coach Tyler Tracy said. “There’s a huge learning curve for us, so we’re learning a lot every day.”

The Knights return one starter, senior guard Peter Bolduc, and one rotational player, junior swingman Tyler Tucci, from last year. Both are versatile, so Tracy will be able to use their experience to fill a number of roles.

Beyond those two, Tracy spent the summer and preseason figuring out who could contribute on a consistent basis and what combinations worked best together. Those who play strong defense and take care of the ball have the inside track once the season starts.

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Postby Tom Nolette » Fri Dec 08, 2017 7:19 am

SJ Preview: Oak Hill Boys' Basketball

...Coming off of a regional semifinal appearance, the Raiders will have to replace three starters and six contributors overall. Coach Tom Smith isn’t letting that limit the Raiders’ postseason plans, though.

“The goal is to get back there and hopefully make a little bit deeper run,” Smith said.

Replacing the point production of Marcus Bailey and Evan Boston will be a factor in whether that run happens. The Raiders have good size and athleticism, so Smith hopes to make scoring a little easier by getting out in transition.

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Postby Tom Nolette » Fri Dec 08, 2017 7:21 am

SJ Preview: Spruce Mountain Boys' Basketball

...The Phoenix traditionally feed off their pressure defense and will again this year. They will need to make sure they make a consistent, collective effort on the defensive glass to spark the transition game they prefer.

As usual, Spruce will have plenty of firepower from the perimeter with guards Mason Shink, Brett Frey, Kayle Stewart and forward Jordy Daigle and Nick Lombardi. Junior forward Andrew Shaw should provide balance inside as one of the conference’s top post players.

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