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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NORTH YARMOUTH ACADEMY

Coach: Jason Knight, first year

Last year: 3-14

Returning starters: 3

Impact players: Burke Paxton, sr., F; Jackson Cohan-Smith, jr., G; Ryan Hemenway, jr., G; Mike McIntosh, jr., F; Chase Gendron, so., F; Colby Bate, fr., G

Outlook: The Panthers have seven returning players on a team with good height and depth. NYA will look to spread its offense around and stress team defense. McIntosh and Gendron are both 6-foot-3 and will be counted on for rebounding, defense and inside scoring.

OLD ORCHARD BEACH

Coach: John Regan, 13th year

Last year: 13-8, lost in Western Maine final

Returning starters: 4

Impact players: Quincy Grace, sr., C; Joey Gildart, jr., G; Nick Carlin, sr, F; Anthony Langella-Laws, sr., F; Jimmy Strohm, sr., F; Jake Douglas, sr, F-C; Casey Williams, jr., F; Tyler Scott, jr., G

Outlook: The Seagulls have four starters back from a club that made it to the regional final. The expectations are there for an even better season. At 6-foot-4, 240 pounds, Grace can be a force inside. Gildart emerged as a scorer in the second half of the season. Carlin and Langella are experienced 6-2 forwards. "The ingredients are there to be successful," said Regan.

SACOPEE VALLEY

Coach: Brian Hink, third year

Last year: 7-13, lost in Western Maine quarterfinals

Returning starters: 0

Impact players: Eric Martineau, sr., G; Anthony Haskell, jr., F; Alex Fenderson, jr., F; Dominic Locke, so., G

Outlook: The Hawks made the tournament last year, but with the graduation of five seniors, chances of making it back to the postseason are diminished. The team has no player over 6 feet. Locke shows promise at point guard as a good ballhandler and defender.

TRAIP ACADEMY

Coach: Jeremy Paul, 10th year

Last year: 5-12, lost in Western Maine prelim

Returning starters: 4

Impact players: Atencio Martin, sr., G-F; Cam Cavanagh, sr., F; Christian Montembeau, sr., G; Dan Eddy, sr, C; Chris Czachor, jr., G; Nick Foye, sr., G

Outlook: The Rangers are banking on nine returning seniors to carry them to the tournament in Augusta. Martin averaged 13.5 points and stepped up his play late in the season. Czachor and Foye can knock down shots.

WAYNFLETE

Coach: Rich Henry, ninth season

Last year: 15-4, lost in Western Maine semifinals

Returning starters: 4

Impact players: Jack Cutler, sr., F; Max Belleau, sr., G; Harry Baker-Connick, so., G; Serge Nyirikamba, jr., F; Paul Runyambo, sr., F; Henry Cleaves, jr., F; Mohammed Suja, sr., G

Outlook: "We have a good blend of size, athleticism and experience from last year's team," said Henry. "We'll continue to emphasize defense and look to play an up-tempo game." Nyirikamba averaged 12 points last season. Cutler, Runyambo and Suja all are capable of scoring in double figures.

WISCASSET

Coach: Dana Lawrence, second year

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

Returning starters: 2

Impact players: Travis Padilla, so., G-F; Austin Haskell, jr., G; Dale Peaslee, jr., C; Chandler Longfellow, jr., G-F; Dylan McMahon, so., F; John Rines, sr., F; Zach Ellison, sr., G

Outlook: Haskell and Padilla saw the most action of the returning players. Haskell will look to lead the team at point guard. Padilla will be a starter after serving as the sixth man last season. The team will be giving up size in most outings, and will look to crash the boards and have a balanced offense to compensate.

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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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