February 8, 2013

Boys' Basketball Notebook: All signs point to a York-Falmouth showdown

By Tom Chard tchard@pressherald.com
Staff Writer

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Labson Abwoch

PLAYER OF THE WEEK

Labson Abwoch, Deering: Abwoch had a couple of 20-point games in a week's span. A week ago he scored 21 points and had 12 rebounds as Deering beat Gorham, 66-48. On Tuesday, Abwoch scored 23 points in a 64-52 win over Cheverus.

HONORABLE MENTION

Spencer Hodge, Windham: Hodge scored 15 points in a 58-44 win over Gorham to avenge an earlier loss to the Rams and scored a game-high 19 points as the Eagles scored their biggest win of the season -- a 52-40 victory against Westbrook last week.

Dustin Cole, Bonny Eagle: Cole scored 36 points as the Scots avenged an earlier loss to Westbrook with a 61-50 win Tuesday. Last week against Scarborough, Cole had 26 points as the Scots pulled out a 59-58 overtime win.

Jaren Muller, South Portland: Muller, a 6-foot-5 forward, had a game-high 14 points and some key rebounds to lead the Red Riots to a 52-42 win over Portland on Tuesday, Muller scored a three-point play late in the game to seal it.

AREA TOP 10

1. South Portland

2. York

3. Falmouth

4. Portland

5. Bonny Eagle

6. Deering

7. Westbrook

8. Scarborough

9. Brunswick

10. Medomak Valley

"I've been around long enough to know anything can happen. Whoever handles the tourney atmosphere the best will be in great shape," he said.

Because of Friday's expected snowstorm, high schools shifted their games to Thursday night. There's always a long wait for non-preliminary round teams for their tournament quarterfinal round. York, Falmouth and the other bye teams won't play again until Feb. 16 at the Portland Expo. Small said his team hopes to line up a scrimmage next week. Teams that make the posteason get an extra countable date to play a practice game.

"We're talking to a couple of teams," said Small.

Falmouth will play Deering on Tuesday.

In the interim, the Wildcats will have some focused practices -- something they do very well.

Preliminary-round games for Western Class A and B boys will be Tuesday.

BACK-TO-BACK WINS by Windham over Westbrook and Gorham in the past week secured the Eagles' spot in the Western Class A tournament. The Eagles were ranked 10th heading into Thursday's game with Bonny Eagle. Windham will be on the road Tuesday in the preliminary round. The Eagles got off to a slow start but their offense has picked up.

"We've been shooting at a much higher percentage," said Coach Kevin Millington. "When you make shots, it allows you to get into your defense. We're a pretty good defensive team."

Spencer Hodge, Tom McGowan and Dylan Weisser have been outstanding for Windham.

Eleven teams make the Western Class A tournament. Gorham was ranked 11th heading into Thursday's game. If the Rams make the tournament, they will look back at victories over Windham in early January and Marshwood later in the month as keys.

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