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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Coach: Kenny Kimber, first year

Last year: 1-17

Returning starters: 3

Impact players: Adam Della-Piana, sr., G; Sean Jackson, jr., G; Grayson Waterman, jr., G; Kyle Silion, jr. F

Outlook: The Knights have a new coach. Kimber has been an assistant at two New Hampshire high schools -- Portsmouth and Epping. Della-Piana, the leading scorer, is sidelined for three weeks because of a broken foot suffered in practice. Waterman will look to complement the scoring. Silion is a strong rebounder. The Knights are confident on starting the road to recovery.


Coach: Joe Russo, 23rd year

Last year: 14-5, lost in Western Maine quarterfinals

Returning starters: 3

Impact players: Nate Smart, sr., F; Nick Volger, sr., G; Steve Angelo, sr., G; Cosmo Donato, sr., C; Justin Zukowski, jr., G; Jayvon Pitts-Young, jr., F; Matt Talbot, jr.; C, Dan Kane, jr., G

Outlook: The Bulldogs have a lot of talent and figure to be a title contender. Zukowski was named to the All-SMAA third team last season. He averaged 10.5 points and was sixth in the league in steals and tied for seventh in 3-pointers. Volger and Pitts-Young are veteran players. Pitts-Young is capable of scoring 20 points in any game. Talbot, Smart and Donato are the team's big men and will have to rebound and score inside.


Coach: Paul Nolette, first year

Last year: 10-9, lost in Western Maine prelim

Returning starters: 3

Impact players: Ryan Camire, sr., G; Alex Shain, sr., C; Evyn Nolette, jr., G; Brandon Stanton, sr., C; Chase Smith-Roberts, jr., G; Jon Morgan, jr., F; Matt Dupuis, sr., C

Outlook: The Spartans have a new coach in Nolette. He likes the team's talent and depth. There are nine players who can all contribute. Camire averaged 18.2 points per game for second in the SMAA. He was a third-team all-SMAA pick. At 6-2, he can hit the 3-pointer or slash to the basket. Shain, a rugged 6-2, comes off an outstanding football season and will be counted on for rebounding along with Stanton (6-4). Nolette, the coach's son, will be the point guard. Sanford has a chance to move up in the rankings.


Coach: Tony DiBiase, first year

Last year: 10-9, lost in Western Maine prelim

Returning starters: 2

Impact players: Dylan Russo, sr., G; Brendan Hall, sr., G; Sam Terry, sr., F; John Wheeler, sr., G

Outlook: The Red Storm have a familiar face as head coach in DiBiase, who coached at Gray-New Gloucester for two seasons, and before that at South Portland, Portland, Gorham, Noble and Machias. He likes the team's athleticism and will have his team play a pressing, running style. Russo averaged 7.6 points per game and is the top returning scorer. Hall is a strong outside shooter. At 6-3, Terry can shoot the 3-pointer and rebound. Wheeler will be the point guard. The team should be in contention for a tournament berth.


Coach: Phil Conley, sixth year

Last year: 12-9, lost in Western Maine semifinals

Returning starters: 3

Impact players: Tanner Hyland, sr., G; Ben Burkey, sr., F; Jack Tolan, sr., C; Connor MacVane, sr., F; Jaren Muller, so., F-C

Outlook: The Red Riots have the talent, size and experience to be a top team. They'll look to build on last year's strong tournament performance. Hyland begins his third season as the starting point guard. He was named to the All-SMAA second team last season, when he averaged 11.8 points and ranked fourth in the league in assists. With the 6-5 Burkey and the 6-6 Tolan, South Portland should have the edge inside in most games. Tolan averaged six rebounds. MacVane has a knack for being in the right place at the right time.

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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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