Wednesday, April 23, 2014
Gordon Chibroski/Staff Photographer
Dustin Cole is averaging more than 28 points per game for Bonny Eagle, one of several could-win-it-all teams in a balanced Western Class A.
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South Portland's Tanner Hyland
Wells' Jake Moody
PLAYERS TO WATCH: Julian Diggs, senior, guard, Lee Academy (16.0 ppg, 5 assists); Isaiah Bess, junior, forward, Penquis Valley (27 ppg 3.0 spg); Trevor Lyford, junior, guard, Penquis Valley (17.0 ppg, 4.0 spg); Kyle Bouchard, sophomore, forward, Houlton (20.0 ppg); Devin Hall, Calais, senior, guard (20.0 ppg)
DID YOU KNOW: Penquis Valley Coach Tony Hamlin is four wins away from 400. Hamlin has coached for 31 years.
WESTERN CLASS D
FAVORITES: Defending regional champion Forest Hills has all five of its starters back. One coach in the tournament said that Forest Hills "is physically imposing." The Tigers were two points away from a perfect regular season. If they have one weakness, it's from the foul line, where the Tigers shot only 58 percent. Forest Hills compensated by taking more than twice as many free throws as its opponents.
WATCH OUT FOR: North Haven and Seacoast Christian can shoot the 3-pointer. If they're on, it could be a long day for any opponent. North Haven beat Forest Hills by a point during the season. Valley is a quality team and Greenville played arguably the toughest Class D schedule in the state.
PLAYERS TO WATCH: Evan Worster, senior, guard, Forest Hills (19.1 ppg, 12.0 rpg); Carrington Miller, senior, guard, Valley (21.0 ppg, 6.0 apg); Henry Hersey, senior, guard, Greenville (18.0 ppg ); Ryan Cassidy, senior, guard, Hyde
DID YOU KNOW: Forest Hills allowed an average of 37.7 points per game while averaging 37.9 points in the first half alone. The most points the Tigers allowed in a game was 58 to North Haven.
EASTERN CLASS D
FAVORITES: Jonesport-Beals is the defending Class D state champion. Washburn is right behind at No. 2. No. 4 Deer Isle-Stonington against No. 5 Hodgdon looks like a great quarterfinal matchup.
WATCH OUT FOR: The winner of the Deer Isle-Stonington vs. Hodgdon game could give Jonesport-Beals a battle in the semifinals.
PLAYERS TO WATCH: Garet Beal, senior, forward, Jonesport-Beals (27.5 ppg. 10.0 rpg); Mitch Worcester, senior, guard, Washburn (35.0 ppg, 11.5 rpg); Sam Grindle, senior, guard, Deer Isle-Stonington (17.0 ppg, 10.0 apg)
DID YOU KNOW: Two of the best players in the state, Garet Beal and Mitch Worcester, are best friends even though they don't live close to each other. They've attended each other's games on occasion.