Thursday, December 19, 2013
Dustin Cole, Bonny Eagle's sophomore guard, is already regarded as one of the best players in the state. And he displayed his many skills – dribbling, passing and shooting – in the Scots' 61-40 Western Class A quarterfinal victory over Marshwood Saturday night.
He had 15 points, scoring 11 points in the third quarter to fuel the Scots' surge.
But he fouled out just 14 seconds into the fourth quarter when he was called for his third charge of the game.
Cole picked up his fourth foul with 30.5 seconds left in the third – on a charge. He was taken out of the game, then returned seconds later and hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer for a 45-26 lead.
"I trust him,'' said Bourassa.
It was a strange play on which Cole fouled out. As he broke Marshwood's press, he dribbled up the right wing and collided with Marshwood's Jack Verrill, who was trying to draw a charge.
The play was originally called a block – prompting an angry cry from the Marshwood bench, which received a technical foul – and then switched to a charge.
"I think he made the proper call first,'' Bourassa said of the blocking call.
It obviously changed Bonny Eagle's game the rest of the way, but Cole didn't sulk. Instead, he spent the rest of the game talking to his teammates, especially Jonathan Thomas, who inherited a larger share of the ballhandling.
"He's a leader,'' said Bourassa. "He's a kid the kids look up to and he knows that. Whether he's playing the worst game of his life or in the game scoring, he's right here and he's not going to change.''
Cole said he was simply trying to avoid Verrill to make a pass. Once out of the game, he said, "I knew I had to stay involved and help people out.''
THE WESTERN Class A and B tournament programs have one major gaffe:
Instead of listing the Western Maine boys' tournament records, the program lists the Eastern Maine records.
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