December 7, 2012

Boys' basketball preview

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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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GORHAM

Coach: Ryan Chicoine, third year

Last year: 5-13

Returning starters: 3

Impact players: Alex Owens, sr., G; Ryan Sullivan, sr., F-C; Dan Holmes, sr., F-C; Elliott Speirs, sr., F; John Woods, jr., G; Brian Darling, sr., C; Nick Greatorex, jr., G

Outlook: The Rams have shown improvement under Chicoine his first two seasons and are confident of continuing the trend. He said the team is deeper this season. A key will be having the 6-5 Sullivan stay healthy. He's battled injuries, but his baseline and medium-range jumpers, along with his length, add a lot to the offense. Gorham will be looking to avoid the turnovers that plagued it a year ago.

KENNEBUNK

Coach: John Dube, fourth year

Last year: 3-15

Returning starters: 3

Impact players: Hank Lapham, sr., C; Austin Sandler, jr., G; Chris Hynes, sr., G; Tyler Elkington, jr., G; Nate Gilbert, jr., G; Dylan Barwise, jr., 6-3; F; Ben Wilson, jr., F., Josh Pepin, sr,. G

Outlook: The Rams have improved depth from a year ago. Kennebunk hopes to build on the experience gained from last season and a strong offseason. The Rams are confident of contending for a tournament berth. "We can go nine or 10 deep," said Dube. The team has good height. Sandler averaged 8.4 points per game and Lapham averaged seven points.

MARSHWOOD

Coach: Mike Zamarchi, 18th year

Last year: 13-6, lost in Western Maine quarterfinals

Returning starters: 2

Impact players: Dan Veino, sr., G; Brady Innes, jr., C; Brady Dodge, jr., G; Jack Letellier, jr., G; Alex McLean, sr., G; Robert Jones, sr., G; Drew Bartlett, so., G; Ryan O'Neil, fr., G; Bali Lontine-Kearson, fr., F

Outlook: The Hawks have the experience that should give them a good chance of making the tournament. Marshwood graduated its top two scorers, but there's enough scoring potential back to cushion the loss. Innes is the tallest player back at 6-6. He averaged 8.8 points and eight rebounds per game. Innes and a bunch of quick guards will lead the team. Veino averaged 7.7 points per game. Dodge will play point guard. The Hawks feel they're an upper-echelon team in the SMAA. Now they just have to go out and prove it.

MASSABESIC

Coach: Ramone Jones, first year

Last year: 1-17

Returning starters: 2

Impact players: Jake Desrochers, sr., G; Casey Nava, sr., G; Cale Thornton, jr., C; Bryson Murray, fr., C; Dan Amabile, fr., G

Outlook: The Mustangs have a new coach in Jones, who was the junior varsity coach for the three years and played at UMaine in the mid-1990s. Desrochers and Nava are veterans guards who look to provide scoring and leadership. A strong freshman class could mean good things down the road for the program. They gained good experience playing in the AAU nationals. Murray is a 6-5 player who should help right away. The team will look to push the ball.

MT. ARARAT

Coach: Aaron Watson, 10th year

Last year: 2-16

Returning starters: 2

Impact players: Zach Greene, sr., F; Mason Griffin, so., F; Jason Tome, sr., F; Tyler Roberts, sr., F; Alex LaPierre, sr., F; Shyheim Ulrickson, fr., G

Outlook: The Eagles have some good, young talent. There may be a few stumbles along the way as they gain experience. Mt. Ararat will look to capitalize on its athleticism. Expect the Eagles to press, run and change defenses in hopes of keeping teams off balance. Griffin has potential as a power forward, and Ulrickson is a talented point guard.

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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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