February 15, 2013

Big things, little things add up to good things

Conner MacVane of South Portland simply does what needs to be done – part of the reason the Red Riots are No. 1.

By Tom Chard tchard@pressherald.com
Staff Writer

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Conner MacVane played football for South Portland High, which proved a perfect preparation for basketball. He’s ready to dive after loose balls, plus, despite being shorter than other players, makes room for himself in the paint to chase after rebounds.

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"I played for USM my last year in college," said Andy. "Conner was 3 and he used to be at practice. The coach, Dan Costigan, was great with him."

That father-son bond continued when Andy was an assistant coach at Scarborough for Matt Townsend, the head coach at the time.

Conner would be at practice shooting around. The younger MacVane watched his father play in men's leagues and has tried to emulate his father's style.

"I always remembered how my dad played and I wanted to play like him. Everything I know about basketball, I learned from my father. He taught me to be aggressive and look to attack," said MacVane.

And that's the way MacVane plays.

With the help of Conley, and assistant coaches Harvey Moynihan, Mike Burke and Nick Costigan, MacVane has refined his game.

Against Portland, MacVane dribbled down the right side. He was at an angle to the basket when he pulled up and banked his shot off the backboard for a basket.

That shot is a lost art at most levels of basketball, but MacVane said the bank shot is one of his favorites.

MacVane also played baseball growing up but dropped it to train for his other two sports.

"I got into lifting for football and plus it wasn't one of my favorite sports," he said,

Because the tournament is regarded as wide open, MacVane said the Riots don't feel any pressure being ranked No. 1.

"The loss to Cheverus in our last game opened our eyes," he said. "We know we all have to play together."

MacVane provides both intensity and levity for his teammates.

"Conner comes ready to play every game," said Carr. "He also throws up the grossest shots in practice and somehow they go in."

MacVane is looking at Maine Maritime Academy and Castleton State College in Vermont to continue his education and athletic career,

"I've talked to the basketball coach at (Maine Maritime). I'm going to be talking to the football coach, too," he said.

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