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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Outlook: The Lakers have nine players back with experience. Five of them started at one time or another and each scored in double figures at one time or another. The Lakers could struggle against taller teams, but feel they have a good chance to contend for one of the last playoff spots.


Coach: Chris McKinney, second year

Last year: 8-11, lost in Western Maine quarterfinals

Returning starters: 0

Impact players: Caleb Farrin, sr., C; AJ Oliver, jr., G; Tom Masters, sr., F; Travis Creamer, so., G

Outlook: The Eagles are rebuilding after their top seven players from a year ago graduated. Farrin, a 6-5 post player, brings strong fundamentals to the floor. He has the potential to score in double figures and grab double digits in rebounds. A good sophomore class could speed up the rebuilding process. Creamer can hit the 3-pointer. The Eagles will press to create offense.


Coach: Nick DePatsy, sixth year

Last year: 17-3, lost in Eastern Maine semifinals

Returning starters: 2

Impact players: John Murray, sr., C; Kazu Tibbetts, sr., G; Ryan Ripley, sr., F; Jonathan Hendrickson-Belliqueit, sr., G; Brandon Sober, sr., G; Boone Olson, sr., G; Michael Williamson, so., G

Outlook: Despite key graduation losses, Medomak Valley is still one of the top teams in Eastern Class B. They have two of the best big men in the region in the 6-8 Murray and the 6-5 Ripley. Murray missed half of last season with a knee injury. Ripley is a 6-5 standout, who averaged 12 points and eight rebounds a game. The underclassmen will need to step up if the team hopes to get deep into the playoffs.


Coach: Sam Hayes first year

Last year: 4-14

Returning starters: 2

Impact players: Matt Munster, sr., F; Kevin McKellar, sr., F; D'Vaughn Myers, sr., G

Outlook: The Shipbuilders have a new coach in Hayes, who previously coached the Brunswick boys in the 1990s and later the Hall-Dale girls. Munster, McKellar and Myers form the nucleus of the club. Their leadership will be key if the team hopes to have a shot at the postseason. Scoring balance will be the key, as the Shipbuilders don't have one or two go to players.


Coach: Tyler Tracy, third year

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

Returning starters: 1

Impact players: C.J. Martin, jr., G; Josh Gary, jr., F; Tyler Michaud, jr., G; Shawn Murphy, jr., F; Billy Bickford, jr., F

Outlook: The Knights graduated a couple key players and have a young team. Martin is the only returning starter and should increase his scoring average from seven points per game. The team should have good scoring balance.


Coach: Matt Breen, ninth year

Last year: 12-8, lost in Eastern Maine quarterfinals

Returning starters: 4

Impact players: Isaiah Stone-Patterson, jr., G; Shea Davenport, sr., G; Tyler Gilson, sr., C; Sam Meklin, sr., F; Nick Judge, jr., G; Hunter Grindle, jr., F; Matt Zable, sr., F; David Gould, jr., G; Keenan Hendricks, fr., G; Nick Mazurek, fr., F

Outlook: Oceanside is a favorite in KVAC Class B. Stone-Patterson and Davenport are the top returning starters. The team can start a front line of 6-7, 6-6 and 6-5. Gilson and Meklin can score and rebound. Anything short of winning Eastern Class B would be a disappointment. "We feel we have the key pieces for a strong season," said Breen.

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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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