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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WELLS

Coach: Troy Brown, fifth year

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

Returning starters: 3

Impact players: Dylan Stevens, sr., F; Jake Moody, jr., G; Joe Spinelli, sr., G; Chris Carney, so., G; Matt Ingalls, jr., F; Kyler Parker, sr., G; Kyle Goodale, so., F; Zach Moore, jr., G

Outlook: Wells will battle the league's taller teams with an aggressive, up-tempo style. The team may start three guards. "We're looking for our defense to set the offensive tone," said Brown. Moody averaged in double figures in points last season, as did Stevens while adding seven rebounds a game. Moody could play the point or off guard, depending on the need.

YARMOUTH

Coach: Adam Smith, ninth year

Last year: 18-4, Class B state champion

Returning starters: 2

Impact players: Christian Henry, sr., F; Adam Wriggins, sr., F; David Murphy, jr., G; Nelson Shields-Auble, jr., C

Outlook: The Clippers got hot at the right time and rode it all the way to the state title. They graduated player of the year Josh Britten but have returning to make it back to the tournament. Henry got better as the season progressed and looks to take on a bigger role. He's a strong rebounder and defender. Shields-Auble is a physical player who gave the team a spark inside last year. Wriggins could have helped last year but was sidelined for most of the season with an injury. Murphy will be the point guard and can hit the 3-pointer.

YORK

Coach: Randy Small, fourth year

Last year: 15-5, lost in Western Maine quarterfinals

Returning starters: 2

Impact players: Aaron Todd, sr., C; Zach Leal, sr., G-F; Mike Gallagher, jr., G; Adam Bailey, sr., F; James McCafferty, sr., F; Hayden Webster, sr., F-C; JJ Gallante, sr., F; Luke Claflin, sr., C; Thomas Kinton, sr., G; Ross Hogan, jr., F-G

Outlook: The Wildcats are the team to beat in the Western Maine Conference. York has enough size and talent to challenge for the Class B state title. The 6-7 Todd averaged 14 points and seven rebounds last season. He has been selected to the all-league team two straight years. Leal is another top player. Bailey and Webster are both 6-6. Gallagher will start at point guard.

• CLASS C

BOOTHBAY REGION

Coach: I.J. Pinkham, 36th year

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

Returning starters: 3

Impact players: Anthony DiMauro, sr., G; Linc Simmons, sr., F; Andrew Hallinan, jr,, G; John Hepburn, so., F

Outlook: DiMauro is one of the top guards in Class C. He averaged 14.5 points a year ago, and with a strong season could pass 1,000 career points. Simmons provides rebounding and a defensive presence inside. Hallinan is the defensive stopper. Boothbay feels it has a good chance to go deep in the playoffs.

LISBON

Coach: Jacob Gentle, first year

Last year: 1-17

Returning starters: 3

Impact players: Mason Haley, sr., G; Brad Groh, sr., F; Jacob Bremmer, jr., C-F; Johnny Yim, so., G; Tucker Brannon, jr., G; Kendall Roy, jr., G; Nick Collins, sr., F

Outlook: The Greyhounds have a new coach in Gentle, who coached the Lisbon girls for nine seasons. The team will count on the 6-foot-6 Bremmer and the 6-3 Groh for points and rebounds. Yim and Brannon also can score. The players gained varsity experience a year ago and played during the spring and summer. The team hopes that experience translates into a few wins.

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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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