December 7, 2012

Boys' basketball preview

• CLASS A

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Labson Abwoch, a 6-foot-6 senior, should help make Deering a threat to win a second consecutive Class A state championship.

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Dustin Cole led the SMAA in 3-point shooting and assists as a sophomore and is back for his third season as Bonny Eagle’s point guard.

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BIDDEFORD

Coach: Mike Fecteau, 12th year

Last year: 10-10, lost in Western Maine quarterfinals

Returning starters: 4

Impact players: Cameron Nadeau, sr., G; Nick Leblond, sr., F; Patrick Wilson, sr., G; Matt Cote, sr., F-C; Sam Methot, sr., F; Connor Morrison, sr., C; Kyle Lagasse, sr., G

Outlook: The Tigers have four starters back -- everyone except Bobby Cote -- the SMAA MVP. Replacing Cote's 22.5 points per game will be a challenge. Nadeau and Leblond are the top returning starters at 8.3 and 6.5 points. Cote and Morrison, both 6-foot-3 and receivers on the football team, will be counted on for rebounding. With a veteran team, the Tigers are confident of returning to the tournament.

BONNY EAGLE

Coach: Phil Bourassa, fourth year

Last year: 17-4, lost in Western Maine final

Returning starters: 3

Impact players: Dustin Cole, jr., G; C.J. Autry, sr., G-F; Ben Malloy, so., G; John Thomas, sr., F; Zach Dubiel, so., G-F

Outlook: The Scots are led by all-state guard Cole, who averaged 17 points last season to rank fourth in the SMAA. Cole, who led the league in 3-point shooting and assists, has gotten stronger since last season, which should help his overall game. He should surpass 1,000 career points late in the season. Malloy was the SMAA rookie of the year. Autry is a returning starter, and Thomas started in the regional tournament. The Scots have a lot of talent, but not a lot of height.

BRUNSWICK

Coach: Todd Hanson, 17th year

Last year: 11-7, lost in Eastern Maine quarterfinals

Returning starters: 3

Impact players: Brad Smith, sr., C; Konnor Scarponi, sr., G; Ryan Black, jr., F; Blake Gordon, jr., G; Derek Devereaux, jr., G; Alex Bandouveres, so., F

Outlook: The Dragons will have the 6-7 Smith in the middle and four guards around him. The team has strong chemistry that should lead to a tournament berth again. Smith has the potential to average double figures in points and rebounds. Scarponi is in his third year as a starter and will be counted on for scoring and defense. The Dragons were ranked fifth in a preseason poll of KVAC coaches. "If we play together, we should be in the mix," said Hanson.

CHEVERUS

Coach: Dan Costigan, first year

Last year: 14-6, lost in Western Maine semifinals

Returning starters: 1

Impact players: Drew Ferrick, sr., F; Michael Flaherty, sr., G; Noah Stebbins, jr., G; Zordan Holman, so., C

Outlook: The Stags have a new coach in Costigan, a longtime assistant for Bob Brown, who retired. Costigan has been a head coach at USM and Scarborough High. The word rebuild is not something the Stags are accustomed to, but that's what they face this season. Cheverus has its most inexperienced team in recent years. Ferrick is the only returning starter. The 6-5 Ferrick and the 6-6 Holman are keys to the inside game. Holman was named to the league's all-rookie team. Flaherty will play point guard.

DEERING

Coach: Dan LeGage, 11th year

Last year: 19-3, state champions

Returning starters: 3

Impact players: Labson Abwoch, sr., F; Thiwat Thiwat, sr., F; Dominic Lauture, sr., G; Kevin Masse, sr., G; Liam Densmore, so., G; Ahmed Ismail-Ahmed, jr., G; Kyle Richards, jr., F

Outlook: The Rams have their two big men back in Abwoch (6-6) and Thiwat (6-4), who were instrumental in the team's drive to the state title. Abwoch (13.3 points, nine rebounds per game) was a second-team all-SMAA selection, while Thiwat (7.8 rebounds) was an honorable mention. Lauture saw a lot of playing time last season and adds quickness. A big loss is guard Chhorda Chhorn, who tore his ACL during football season. Deering should be right there again.

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Aaron Todd, a 6-foot-7 center, is one of the primary reasons York is regarded as a favorite in Western Class B.

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