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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FALMOUTH

Coach: Dave Halligan, 26th year

Last year: 20-1, lost in Western Maine final

Returning starters: 0

Impact players: Charlie Fay, sr., F; Jake Horning, sr., C; Grant Burfeind, sr., G; Jack Simonds, so., F; Tom Wilberg, sr., G; Justin Rogers, jr., G; Nick Burton, jr., G; Thomas Coyne, fr., G

Outlook: For the first time in a long time, the Yachtsmen don't have any returning starters. The team, though, has plenty of height, as well as several talented players ready to assume leading roles. Fay and Burfeind got the most minutes last season. Simonds had a strong tournament. Horning is 6-6, Fay and Simonds are both 6-5. Come tournament time, Falmouth could make another run at the regional title.

FREEPORT

Coach: Matt Cook, second year

Last year: 4-14

Returning starters: 2

Impact players: Chandler Birmingham, jr., G; Landon Easler, sr., G; Matt Schultheis, jr., F; Connor Dietrich, sr., F; Mark Donahue, jr., G

Outlook: The Falcons will look to get better as the season progresses. There are several players new to the varsity. Cook is looking for the team's identity to develop. Birmingham averaged nine points per game and Easler, the point guard, had four assists per game. Dietrich, at 6-3, could be a key inside. Taking care of the basketball will be important.

FRYEBURG ACADEMY

Coach: Sedge Saunders, 15th year

Last year: 8-10

Returning starters: 2

Impact players: Jonathan Burk, so., F; Bright Amoako, sr., G; Walker Mallory, jr., G; F; Tyler Saunders, sr., G; Kevin Knowles, sr., C

Outlook: The Raiders hope to carry some of the momentum from winning eight of their last 10 games a year ago. The team should be hungry for making the tournament after just missing last year. Mallory can hit the 3 and is a good open-court player. Saunders is another capable shooter. The Raiders could be improved, but still not make much upward movement because of a tough schedule.

GRAY-NEW GLOUCESTER

Coach: Ryan Deschenes, first year

Last year: 3-15

Returning starters: 3

Impact players: Sam Johnston, jr., G; Will Shafer, jr., G; Brandon Thibeault, jr., G; Spencer Harriman, jr., F; Kevin Cavallaro, sr., G

Outlook: The Patriots have a new coach in Deschenes, who was at St. Dominic last year. The Patriots suffered heavy graduation losses, but there's some promising newcomers who could come through and give the team a shot at making the tournament. The team will have to overcome its lack of size, as no one is over 6-1. Johnson is a quick point guard. Shafer can shoot off the dribble.

GREELY

Coach: Travis Seaver, first year

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

Returning starters: 4

Impact players: Michael McDevitt, jr., C; Bailey Train, jr., F; Jonah Normandeau, sr., G; Connor Hanley, jr., F; Kyle Wood, jr., F-C

Outlook: Former assistant coach and player Seaver takes over as head coach for longtime coach Ken Marks, who retired. With a front line of the 6-7 McDevitt and the 6-4 Train, the Rangers are expected to be near the top of the rankings. McDevitt is a three-year starter and one of the region's top players. He's improved his face-up game. Normandeau will play point guard. The Rangers will look to push the ball more than in the past.

LAKE REGION

Coach: J.P. Yorkey, third year

Last year: 4-14

Returning starters: 3

Impact players: Mike Triglione, sr., F; Mike Mageles, sr., G; Sam Smith, jr., G; Ben Chaine, jr., G; Cody Gibbons, jr., F; Mark Williams, jr., G

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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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