Sunday, December 8, 2013
Those close games the Falmouth boys won this year in the regular season – three overtime games and a couple others – were the kind of games the Yachtsmen lost a year ago when they missed the tournament for the first time in 29 years.
"We were 8-10 last year," said Jack Cooleen, who scored a career-high 26 points Saturday in a Western Class B quarterfinal win over No. 9 Poland. "Those games have gone our way this season."
Falmouth found itself in a close game for a while against the Knights. It sure didn't begin that way.
Cooleen got his team off to a torrid start as he scored the first eight points in a 16-0 start for the No. 1 seed.
Cooleen said he felt it was his duty to lead the way.
"I'm the only player on our team who had played in the tournament. We have veteran players, but they had never been in a tournament game until now."
Cooleen, a senior, got playing time as a freshman and a sophomore. His sophomore year, Falmouth won the Class B state title in an epic game with Camden Hills at the Bangor Auditorium.
Falmouth (19-0) and fourth-ranked York (15-4) will meet in the semifinals at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at the Cumberland County Civic Center.
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Paul Betit is an Augusta native and graduate of the University of Maine. He has covered Maine high school sports for more than 30 years and is entering his seventh season as a beat writer covering the Portland Pirates. In his spare time, Betit writes mystery-suspense novels. Occasionally, he tries to sink his second career hole-in-one.
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