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Calais 67, Woodland 34

Sport: Basketball (boys)  Posted: December 26th, 2008 by Tom Nolette

At Calais, Cal Shorey netted a game-high 19 points to spark Calais to victory over Woodland. Jordan Leeman scored 16 points while Jeremy Carr added 15 for the Blue Devils. Ben Sears posted 16 points to pace Woodland.

Christmas Break Report Card

Sport: Basketball (boys)  Posted: December 26th, 2008 by Tom Nolette

The Thornton Academy Golden Trojans head into the Christmas break with a record of 6 Wins and 0 Losses. Although they are tied for the best league record with South Portland, Westbrook is in first place in the Heal Point standings by virtue of having played tougher competition. The Golden Trojans are averaging 68.8 points per game, which is 3rd best in the SMAA trailing only South Portland (77.8) and Portland (73.0). On defense, Thornton is also 3rd best with 46.0 points allowed per game, with Cheverus (35.5) and Biddeford (44.0) pacing the league.

On an individual level, James Morse was projected to be one of the three best SMAA players this year and his year-to-date statistics reflect this lofty status. Despite sitting out substantial portions of most of the games, Morse is scoring a team-high 18.2 points per game. He leads the team in 2-point field-goal percentage (54.0%), 3-point field-goal percentage (50.0%), foul shot percentage (86.2%), assists (3.8/game), and steals (4.2/game).

Ian Barwise and Andrew Shaw join Morse in double-digit scoring averages with 12.7 and 10.8 points per game, respectively. Barwise is the team leader in rebounds per game with 8.0, followed by Morse (4.8) and Tom Littlefield (4.6). John Trull and Mike Guerin are not among the offensive leaders but have contributed with their defensive play, rebounding and occasional scoring. Trull, who has a history of being a streak shooter, has yet to get untracked this year. But last year, he likewise started slowly then ripped off a midseason 9-game streak of 54.5% shooting from beyond the 3-point arc.

Off the bench, Littlefield leads in scoring with 6.5 points per game followed by Doug Wilcox (5.0) and Dan Tarsetti (4.6). Also off the bench, Tyler Tanguay is hitting his foul shots at a lofty 83.3% rate.

 The Golden Trojans have so far played only one of the league's better teams (Portland - which they defeated by 21 points), so they are largely untested at this juncture. But they kick off the post-holiday portion of their season with their toughest stretch, with consective games against Deering (4th in Heal standings), Scarborough (8th), Westbrook (1st) and South Portland (tied for 2nd). Thornton's performance in these next 4 league games will determine whether its preseason status as one of the teams to beat is deserved.

Portland Holiday Tourney Showcases Top Local Talent

Sport: Basketball (boys)  Posted: December 26th, 2008 by Tom Nolette

Portland, Maine…. The Historic Portland Exposition Building is the home of the 23rd Annual Yankee Ford Holiday classic presented by MBR.ORG. 18 Boys High school teams will play 24 games over 4 days to crown a tournament champion starting Friday, Dec 26 at 11:30 am and will conclude on Tuesday December 30 with no games on Sunday.  
 
The tournament website, www.yankeefordholidayclassic.com has the complete schedule, and will have up to date scores, game recaps and links to MBR.ORG’s live and replay broadcast over the Internet.

Teams Participating:
Class A Schools : Cheverus , Portland, Westbrook, South Portland, Deering, Windham, Marshwood, Mt. Ararat, Sanford, Gorham,
Class B Schools : Cape Elizabeth, Mountain Valley, Greely, Falmouth, Yarmouth
Class C schools participating: Dirigo
Out of State schools participating: Susan Wagner (NY) and (Mass.)

MBR.ORG’s Top 10 Players in the event:

1. Thomas Knight – (6’9” Sr. Dirigo HS) The Notre Dame bound Knight and his teammates will play in an exhibition game on Dec. 30, 6:30 pm, prior to the Championship. They will face a strong Westbrook team. The big lefty is a face the basket 4 man with excellent touch and range. He’s an outstanding shot blocker and rebounder, a quick jumper , sees the floor well and is a terrific passer. Thomas had 37 points, 25 rebounds and five blocked shots vs. Wiscasset recently

2. Keegan Hyland – (6’4” Jr. South Portland) Division 1 schools have already offered this highly skilled wing player. His ability to read the defense, be in a position to catch and shoot, put it on the floor or hit an open teammate is at a high level as is his approach and understanding of the game. Scored 40 in a recent game vs. Marshwood

3. Indiana Faithfull - ( 6’3” Jr. Cheverus) The Australian import is a division I prospect at the point guard position. The lefty is very good in the open court, or the half court, has the ability to get to the basket, shoot the 3 ball and get his teammates involved

4. Mick Distasio – ( 6’3” Sr. Cheverus) Mick led the Cheverus Stags to a state championship last year and makes them the favorite to repeat again this year in class “A” ball. A heady , competitive player with deep range, or can stop and pop.

5. Dominic Borelli – ( 6’7” Jr. Westbrook ) Dom can play inside or out, good range, nice touch and high bball IQ. Westbrook will be playing in 2 exhibition game Monday at 3:30 and Tuesday at 6:30 vs. Dirigo

6. Ed Bogdanovich – (6’6” Sr. Portland) Ed has been accepted early decision to Bates College where he will be a strong addition to the Bobcats line up. Ed is a tremendous offensive rebounder and has nice touch around the basket, tough competitor

7. Nich Jobin – (6’6” Jr. Westbrook) strong and athletic, Nich is taking the ball strong to the rim. In a recent game vs. Deering he had 28 points and 20 plus rebounds. He and Borelli make a tough combo on Westbrooks front line

8. Chris Young – ( 6’5” Sr. Greely ) The long and lanky Young is very good in the open court. He gets to the basket in transition and in the half court. Strong all around game

9. Ronald Abwock – (5’11” Sr. Deering) can take you off the dribble or pull up from the perimeter. Athletic shooting guard

10. Alex Bowe – ( 6’3” Sr. Cape Elizabeth) crafty player that does everything well. Has good range, can get his shot off, rebounds well and gets his teammates involved.

Other top players in the Event:
Koang Thok – 6’0” Jr. Portland, Stefano Mancini 6’2” Jr. Falmouth, Andrew Dickey 6’4” Jr. Cape Elizabeth, Johny Murphy 6’1” Sr. Yarmouth, Trevor Tierney 6’4” Jr. Greely, Travis Ruff 6’0” Sr. Mountain Valley, Cam Vermette 6’3” Sr. Mt. Ararat, Peter Foley 6’4” Sr. Cheverus, Joe Zukowski 6’2” Jr. Portland, Garret Clemmer 6’2” Jr. Windham , Ian Nono 6’1” Jr. Deering,

Come on down and check out all the action. Admission is good for the day and proceeds from the event benefit the Portland Boosters, host of the event.



Location: Portland, Maine at the EXPO
Schedule: Click to print schedule

http://www.yankeefordholidayclassic.com

 

December 26 - Friday
Game # Time Light jersey score  Dark Jersey score
1 11:30 Deering  VS. Marshwood 
2 1:00 South Portland VS. Mt. Ararat 
3 2:30 Greely  VS. Mt. Valley 
4 4:00 Cheverus VS. Mass. (EXH) 
5 5:30 Windham  VS. Falmouth 
6 7:00 Portland VS. Mass. (EXH) 
7 8:30 Gorham  VS. Cape Elizabeth 
    VS.  
December 27 - Saturday
8 11:30 Loser 7  VS. Yarmouth 
9 1:00 Loser 2  VS. Loser 5 
10 2:30 Loser 1  VS. Loser 3 
11 4:00 Winner 2 VS. Winner 5 
12 5:30 Cheverus VS. Winner 3 
13 7:00 Winner 1 VS. Winner 7 
14 8:30 Portland VS. Susan Wagner, NY 
      
December 29 - Monday
15 12:00 Winner 8 VS. Sanford 
16 1:30 Loser 11 VS. Winner 9 
17 3:30 Loser 12 VS. Westbrook 
18 5:00 Loser 14 VS. Loser 13 
19 6:30 Winner 13 VS. Winner 12 
20 8:00 Winner 14 VS. Winner 11 
      
December 30 - Tuesday
21 3:30 Sanford  VS. Susan Wagner, NY 
22 5:00 Winner 10 VS. Loser 8 
23 6:30 Dirigo  VS. Westbrook 
24 8:00 Championship    
      
 

 

 

Westbrook Fifth and Fourth in SMAA Team Offense and Team Defense, Respectively

Sport: Basketball (boys)  Posted: December 25th, 2008 by Tom Nolette

TEAM OFFENSE: 5. Westbrook (60.8 PPG); TEAM DEFENSE: 4. Westbrook (47.4 PPG); INDIVIDUAL SCORING: 2. Nich Jobin (20.7 PPG), 27. Christian Hamilton (8.7 PPG), 40. Jose Nouchanthavong (6.3 PPG); REBOUNDS: 1. Jobin (13.0 RPG), 13. Tyler Kelly (5.7 RPG), 27. Nouchanthavong (4.3 RPG); ASSISTS: 1. Nouchanthavong (6.3 APG), 12. Jobin (2.7 APG), 15. Kelly (2.3 APG); STEALS: 12. Nouchanthavong (2.3 SPG), 15. Andrew Beckwith (2.0 SPG), 15. Hamilton (2.0 SPG); THREE-POINT FIELD GOALS: 15. Hamilton (5); FREE THROWS: 26. Kelly (54.6%).

South Portland stays perfect

Sport: Basketball (boys)  Posted: December 25th, 2008 by Tom Nolette

By Michael Hoffer

Special to MBR

SOUTH PORTLAND—With most of the attention centered on defending Class A state champion Cheverus and top contenders Thornton Academy and Portland so far this winter, two other teams who hope to make noise deep into February did battle Tuesday evening at Beal Gymnasium.

The host Red Riots of South Portland continued their sizzling start and improved to 6-0, pulling away in the second half to a 79-65 victory over Deering, handing the young, but promising Rams their second successive defeat.

After a first half which saw nine lead changes and five ties, the hosts turned up the defense and got huge performances from junior standouts Keegan Hyland and Matt Lee, who combined for 53 points.

“I think we had tremendous ball movement on offense in the second half and we had some guys really step up and make big shots,” said Red Riots' second-year coach Phil Conley, who continues to display the magic touch. “Our guys moved the ball around to get those easy looks. We really clamped down defensively on them.”

South Portland made a surprise run to the semifinals last year and returned the very talented Hyland and Lee, among others, but still weren't viewed as part of the league's elite. The Red Riots have met every challenge to date this winter, however, beating Massabesic (86-45), Biddeford (53-50), Sanford (91-42), Marshwood (79-62) and Gorham (77-49) prior to Tuesday.

Deering fell in the quarterfinals last winter and has a solid, young nucleus with a few upperclassmen who have seen meaningful minutes. The Rams opened their year with victories over Sanford (53-25), Gorham (53-52), Windham (53-50, in OT), and Scarborough (52-50), before falling 71-69 to Westbrook.

The teams split a year ago, with each winning on the other's home court, but this time, South Portland wasn't about to let Deering come into Beal Gym and steal one.

The first half featured riveting back-and-forth play.

Just 25 seconds in, the Rams went up 2-0 when senior Ronald Abwoch made a layup. Hyland then buried a 3-ball and tipped home his own miss for a 5-2 advantage, but Deering sophomore Dennis Ross made a 3-pointer to make it 5-5. After Red Riots' junior Connor Hasson made two foul shots, Rams' junior Eddie Tirabassi tied the game with a layup. South Portland junior Ryan Curit then hit a layup, but senior Khadar Abbas answered with a jump shot to pull the visitors even again. Hyland then buried two foul shots, but Deering junior Ian Nono made a layup and hit a leaner to give his team a 13-11 advantage after one period.

Nono began the second quarter in style with a thunderous dunk, but junior Spencer Bowring made a 3-pointer, then hit three of four foul shots to put the hosts ahead 17-15. Abbas answered for the Rams, making all three free throws after being fouled on a 3-point attempt. After the Red Riots went back on top on a Bowring layup, Abwoch made a 3-pointer, then hit a jumper to give Deering its largest lead, 23-19.

The Red Riots answered as Hyland made a layup, Lee got off the schneid with a layup and Hasson made two foul shots for a 25-23 lead. After Abbas hit a 3-ball to give the Rams their final advantage, 26-25, Hasson put South Portland ahead to stay with a layup after an offensive rebound, Hyland hit a floater, then Hyland and Lee buried back-to-back 3-pointers to cap a 10-0 run. Abbas converted an old-fashioned three-point play in the final second to pull Deering back within six, 35-29, at the half.

The Red Riots then seized control in the third.

Hasson and Bowring made layups in the first 42 seconds (both taking passes from junior point guard Jon DiBiase) to give South Portland a 39-29 lead and set the tone.

“I thought to open up the second half with two really good passes from Jon when they tried to double me really got a spark going,” Hyland said.

Sophomore Jackson Frey answered with a layup for the Rams, but Hyland converted a three-point play to make it 42-31. After Deering crawled back within seven on two free throws from Tirabassi and another Nono dunk, Hyland nailed a 3 to make it 45-35. Abwoch scored on a leaner for the visitors, but Lee calmly drained a 3-ball and Hyland followed with a jumper for a 13-point advantage, 50-37. The Rams wouldn't go quietly, however, as Tirabassi made a 3 and Nono hit a jump shot. After Curit countered with a layup after an offensive rebound, Nono made a layup, then Ross made a foul shot to make it a 52-45 game.

With 27 seconds left in the third quarter, Lee came up huge, nailing a 3-point shot while being fouled, then sinking the ensuing free throw to complete a four-point play. Nono made a layup with 13.7 seconds left to pull Deering within nine, 56-47, after three, but the Rams were clearly on the ropes.

“We emphasized rebounding on the defensive end at halftime,” Conley said. “We also went to a zone to rest some guys. I think it took them out of their rhythm a little bit.”

Lee started the fourth period with a free throw and added another 44 seconds later. With 6:42 to play, Hyland made two foul shots for a 60-47 lead. Abbas answered with a jump shot, but Hyland made another free throw to make it 61-49. Abwoch got his team back within 10 with two free throws, but after Hasson made a gorgeous pass (diving out of bounds to save the ball in the process) to Lee, the latter hit a backbreaking 3-pointer for a 64-51 lead with 5:42 to go.

Deering got back within 10 for the final time 15 seconds later when Abbas did the honors from behind the stripe, but Hyland made a free throw, Lee buried a 3 and Bowring scored on a rebound layup for a 70-54 advantage. The Rams got no closer than 11 points from there and the Red Riots pulled away to win 79-65.

“We kept running and rebounding the ball well,” Hyland said. “Defensively, we went back into the zone and cut down their penetration and they didn't hit many shots. They're by far the best team we've played. It was a good test. We knew they'd be athletic. I think we handled it well. Matt Lee shot the ball incredibly well in the second half. Jon distributed the ball really well. A lot of guys had really good games. That's what we need to compete with the top teams.”

Hyland led the way with 31 points and Lee added 22. Bowring finished with a strong 12, Hasson added eight and Curit had six.

“Hasson and Curit on the glass were huge tonight,” Conley said. “They're two very athletic kids that love to get the ball. That's what we need to be successful, we need to rebound on both ends of the floor. Every game's a big game, but this was a huge game for us. Deering's very athletic. They're a good basketball team. We're very fortunate to get a victory tonight. I'm really proud of my guys. It feels good to be 6-0.”

Deering coach Dan LeGage had few answers following the loss.

“We really didn't do a good job defensively on their two best players,” he said. “No excuses. We didn't do a good job. It's not any secret. Those two guys score a bulk of their points. We knew it, but didn't do what we game planned to do. To South Portland's credit, they got those guys looks and they made them. We have to learn from it. Right now, we're not playing great defense. In the past, we prided ourselves on great defense. We're just not getting it right now.

“We need to be more unselfish on offense. We settled for a lot of jump shots. Hats off to South Portland. They have two very good players and they utilize them very well. We get them again (Feb. 4 at Deering). We'll see how far we've come. We're young, our talent is raw. Hopefully at some point they commit to what we're asking them to do. Until we get full commitment, it'll go like this.”

Abbas led the Rams with 19 points. Nono added 14 and Abwoch finished with 13. Tirabassi had nine, Ross six and Frye four.

Both teams now turn their attention to the Maine Mall Holiday Classic at the Portland Expo before returning to league play (the Rams host Thornton Academy Jan. 2 and the Red Riots go to Scarborough the same day)..

Don't write Deering off just yet.

“It's a little early to panic,” LeGage said. “We have to use the holiday break and go over things. We'll keep on teaching and hopefully at some point it sinks in. It doesn't get any easier. We still have Thornton Academy, Portland and Cheverus twice, South Portland again. It's time for guys to step up and start making plays.”

As for the Red Riots, they believe they're capable of keeping the good times rolling.

“I have a great bunch of kids,” Conley said. “They continue to work hard every day. We're looking forward to the Christmas tournament and having some fun there, then getting back to the regular season.”

“We're always going to be underdogs,” Hyland added. “We always have something to prove. We have the ability to do it. If we play like this, we can beat anybody.”

Brewer nips Brunswick in overtime

Sport: Basketball (Girls)  Posted: December 25th, 2008 by Tom Nolette

Jackson scored 15 of her 17 points in the second half while Meghan McLain hit some monumental perimeter shots as the Witches rallied for a thrilling 57-54 overtime victory in a KVAC Class A girls basketball crossover game.

Still Deering when it counts

Sport: Basketball (Girls)  Posted: December 25th, 2008 by Tom Nolette

With sophomore guard Britni Mickulanecz setting the tone with her quick defense, the host Rams overwhelmed the Tigers, 60-42. Deering outscored Biddeford 34-18 in the second half.

Portland's late pressure and depth sink Windham

Sport: Basketball (boys)  Posted: December 25th, 2008 by Tom Nolette

"I don't know what it was, but something clicked in the fourth quarter," Portland Coach Joe Russo said. "They decided to play together and be like one unit. Previously to that, they were trying, but they were like five individuals out there."

Mount Ararat 52, Hampden 45

Sport: Basketball (boys)  Posted: December 24th, 2008 by Tom Nolette

At Topsham, Cam Vermette and Will Gerencer scored 15 points apiece as Mount Ararat held off Hampden Academy. Brad Dolan led the Broncos with 11 points.

Mount Ararat 52, Hampden 45

Sport: Basketball (boys)  Posted: December 24th, 2008 by Tom Nolette

At Topsham, Cam Vermette and Will Gerencer scored 15 points apiece as Mount Ararat held off Hampden Academy. Brad Dolan led the Broncos with 11 points.

Brewer 63, Brunswick 61 (OT)

Sport: Basketball (boys)  Posted: December 24th, 2008 by Tom Nolette

At Brewer, Dom Drake hit an eight-foot runner as time elapsed in overtime to give undefeated Brewer its sixth win. Billy Bissell had a game-high 25 points and hauled down eight rebounds for Brewer and Drake finished with 22 points, eight rebounds and six steals. Stephen Carter’s 22 points paced Bruns-wick. Mitchell Black and Rashon Edgerton contributed eight apiece.

Brewer 63, Brunswick 61 (OT)

Sport: Basketball (boys)  Posted: December 24th, 2008 by Tom Nolette

At Brewer, Dom Drake hit an eight-foot runner as time elapsed in overtime to give undefeated Brewer its sixth win. Billy Bissell had a game-high 25 points and hauled down eight rebounds for Brewer and Drake finished with 22 points, eight rebounds and six steals. Stephen Carter’s 22 points paced Bruns-wick. Mitchell Black and Rashon Edgerton contributed eight apiece.

Falmouth 80, Freeport 30

Sport: Basketball (Girls)  Posted: December 24th, 2008 by Tom Nolette

FALMOUTH — The Freeport Falcons (0-6) ran into a buzzsaw Tuesday night at Falmouth (3-3). Falmouth converted several Falcon turnovers into points for the easy Western Maine Conference victory. Freeport was led by Rachel Foster with seven points, and Kari Oransky with nine rebounds. Allison DerHagopian led Falmouth with 26 points, while Anna Keeler had 12, and Haley Jordan and Katie McCarthy 10 a piece. Freeport's next game is at home, on Jan. 3, against Poland.

Falmouth 80, Freeport 30

Sport: Basketball (Girls)  Posted: December 24th, 2008 by Tom Nolette

FALMOUTH — The Freeport Falcons (0-6) ran into a buzzsaw Tuesday night at Falmouth (3-3). Falmouth converted several Falcon turnovers into points for the easy Western Maine Conference victory. Freeport was led by Rachel Foster with seven points, and Kari Oransky with nine rebounds. Allison DerHagopian led Falmouth with 26 points, while Anna Keeler had 12, and Haley Jordan and Katie McCarthy 10 a piece. Freeport's next game is at home, on Jan. 3, against Poland.

Mt. Ararat 47, Hampden 36

Sport: Basketball (Girls)  Posted: December 24th, 2008 by Tom Nolette

TOPSHAM — Ariel LeDuc scored 12 points, and the Mt. Ararat High School girls basketball team ran off 19 points in the third quarter in pulling away for a 47-36 Kennebec Valley Athletic Conference victory over Hampden Academy on Tuesday. Hannah Fenwick was a force in the paint, pulling down a game-high 12 rebounds, blocking five shots and scoring eight points as Mt. Ararat outrebounded the Broncos 39-21. Brie Martin also chipped in eight points for the 3-3 Eagles, who are off until Dec. 30 before hosting Leavitt. Down 12-5, the 1-5 Broncos, behind four 3-pointers from Kayla Webb, ran off an 8-0 spurt for a 13-12 advantage and their only lead of the game. Mt. Ararat responded with an 8-2 run over the final few minutes of the half for a 21-15 advantage at the break. The Eagles nearly doubled their point total in the third quarter, as LeDuc, Martin and Fenwick hit big shots, and guard Amber Bowley picked up three steals. Mt. Ararat led 40-27 after three quarters. Mt. Ararat was 13 of 31 from the foul line, while Hampden finished three of nine.
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