Friday February 17, 2012 | 08:35 PM

A face in the crowd at the opening game of the Western Class A boys' basketball tournament at the Portland Expo on Friday night is former Colby College coach Dick Whitmore. Whitmore is taking in the action, and no doubt, following good friend Bob Brown's Cheverus team.

Whitmore retired from the White Mules with over 600 career wins.

IT WAS CLOSE to a full house Friday night for the opening game of the Western Class A boys' basketball quarterfinals.

Further proof that the Portland Expo is an ideal venue for the boys' and girls' quarterfinals. The Expo's capacity is slightly over 3,000. Had the quarterfinals been played at the Cumberland County Civic Center like they used to be, the building would have been half full.

The scene shifts Wednesday night to the Civic Center for the Western Class A girls' semis, and the boys' semifinals are Friday night. With a larger crowd for the next two rounds, the Civic Center fits the bill.

Now if schools had bands like they used to, the Expo would be rocking.

Eastern Maine teams know how to create an atmopshere. Their bands are part of the tourney atmosphere at the Bangor Auditorium and the Augusta Civic Center.

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