Dustin Cole, who became the all-time leading scorer in the SMAA this season, has been named as one of three finalists for the state’s Mr. Basketball award by the Maine Association of Basketball Coaches.
Cole finished his career at Bonny Eagle with 1,812 points in four seasons. He averaged 24.5 points a game this season for the 19-2 Scots.
Cole is joined by Zach Gilpin and Isaiah Bess, both of Hampden Academy, as finalists.
Allie Clement of McAuley and Tiana-Jo Carter of Lake Region are finalists for Miss Basketball, along with Parise Rossignol of Van Buren.
Clement and Carter sparked their teams to state championships last weekend. McAuley beat Oxford Hills, 67-41, on Saturday for the Class A title while Lake Region downed Mt. Desert Island, 56-47, Friday night for the Class B title.
The winners will be announced Friday night at the Maine McDonald’s High School Senior All-Star Awards Banquet at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor.
It’s part of an All-Star weekend, as the McDonald’s Senior All-Star games will be played Saturday at Husson University.
Cole played in four Western Maine Class A finals. The Scots lost to Portland, 70-60, in this year’s regional final. Cole will play basketball at Division II Franklin Pierce College on a basketball scholarship.
Gilpin averaged 21.4 points for the Broncos (21-1) who lost to Portland in the state final, 54-40, on Saturday. Gilpin scored 22 points against the Bulldogs.
Bess, who transferred from Class C Penquis Valley to Hampden before the start of the school year, averaged 14.4 points a game.
Clement averaged 18.0 points a game. She will attend Marist College on a basketball scholarship.
Carter, a 6-foot-2 center, averaged 18.1 points and 14.9 rebounds a game. She will attend the University of Albany on a basketball scholarship.
Tom Chard can be reached at 791-6419 or[email protected]