Tuesday, June 18, 2013
Jon Amabile of Deering was named the winner of the Vinall Trophy as the Western Class A tournament’s top player/sportsman.
In the Class B tournament, Josh Britten of Yarmouth won the Pierre Harnois Trophy.
Amabile is the sixth Deering player to win the Vinall Trophy, joining Ray Lynch (1946), Matt Greenleaf (1992), Walter Phillips (2001), Nik Caner-Medley (2002) and Carlos Strong (2005, 2006).
Britten is the first player from Yarmouth to win the Harnois Trophy.
PAT GREEN, who hit the winning shot for Deering against Bonny Eagle in the regional final Saturday night, said his shot from 3-point range didn’t have as much loft as he wanted, but that it looked good soon after it left his hands.
“I thought he might have back-rimmed it,” said his coach, Dan LeGage.
Green’s shot from the right side swished through just prior to the buzzer to give Deering its first regional title since 2006.
Asked what play Deering wanted to run in the final seconds, LeGage said: “That wasn’t it. We wanted to get it down low for Thiwat Thiwat.”
Deering got the ball back with 29 seconds left after a Bonny Eagle timeout. Ben Malloy had just tied it for the Scots at 42-42 with a 3-pointer.
Deering wound the clock down and Green found himself with the ball deep on the right with about five seconds remaining. He knew he had to go to the basket. He drove toward the 3-point line, pulled up for the shot and put his name in the history book.
Deering will face Hampden Academy for the third time in a Class A state final when the teams meet at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Cumberland County Civic Center. The Rams lost to Hampden in 2005 at the Bangor Auditorium, then beat Broncos in 2006 at the Cumberland Country Civic Center for their only state title.
THE FALMOUTH boys’ basketball team pulled out several close wins during the regular season, and again in the semifinals against York.
Two of those tight games were against Yarmouth, winning by four points and three points, the last one in overtime.
The Yachtsmen, though, ran out of magic against Yarmouth in Saturday’s Western Class B final. This time, the hill was just too big to climb. The Clippers came out aggressively and took the play to Falmouth for much of the game.
“We lived on the edge all season,” said Falmouth Coach Dave Halligan.
Getting a career-best performance from Chris Knaub (26 points) and plenty of help from his teammates, the Clippers made good in their second straight trip to the regional final, winning 56-50.
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