Friday February 18, 2011 | 11:22 AM

One of the drawbacks of the 50 percent rule for tourney qualification is that some pretty good teams and players get left out. One player who comes to mind is Windham’s Nolan Allen, who led the SMAA in scoring at 24.8 points per game and was voted the league MVP. The Eagles were on the cusp of making the Western Class A tournament but finished ninth in the Heal point standings after losing their season finale against Bonny Eagle.

Allen got to play in the regional tournament as a sophomore and may get another chance next year. With a year’s experience under their belts, the Eagles, many of whom were seeing their first varsity action this season, should have a better chance of making the 2012 tournament.

Zach Bean of Scarborough is another top player whose season ended last week. The Red Storm were in position to make the tourney but faded at the end, finishing 10th. Bean, a senior, averaged 15.6 points.

Allen is the only member of the all-SMAA first team who won't be playing this weekend at the Portland Expo. The rest of the first team is Jon Amabile of Deering, Dustin Cole of Bonny Eagle, Louie DiStasio of Cheverus, Andrew Shaw of Thornton Academy and Vukasin Vignjevic of South Portland.

Cole, a freshman, was chosen as SMAA Rookie of the Year, and Bonny Eagle's Phil Bourassa is the Coach of the Year.

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