January 11, 2013

Boys' Basketball Notebook: McGee's last hurrah should bring Kennebec Valley to its feet

By Tom Chard tchard@pressherald.com
Staff Writer

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Jake Moody

PLAYER OF THE WEEK

Jake Moody, Wells: Moody scored 20 of his career-high 38 points in the fourth quarter as the Warriors rallied to beat Cape Elizabeth, 70-65. Moody also had 21 points in a win over Lake Region, and scored 31 in a loss to Fryeburg Academy.

HONORABLE MENTION

Dan Veino, Marshwood: He scored 32 points with seven 3-pointers in a 62-57 loss to Westbrook.

Serge Nyirikamba, Waynflete: Nyirikamba had 25 points and 11 rebounds as the Flyers downed Old Orchard Beach, 61-50, in a battle of top Western Class C teams.

Sam Terry, Scarborough: Terry scored 19 points, hitting five 3-pointers, in an 81-74 win over Thornton Academy, then scored 24 points with three 3-pointers in a 73-51 victory over Cheverus.

AREA TOP 10

1. Falmouth

2. Portland

3. Deering

4. South Portland

5. Bonny Eagle

6. Westbrook

7. Brunswick

8. York

9. Scarborough

10. Boothbay

Westbrook’s other loss was to South Portland, 54-36.

Westbrook hosts Sanford on Friday in a key game for both teams. Sanford (5-4) is ranked sixth.

“It will be interesting to see of we can back up a strong game with another,” said Westbrook Coach Mark Karter.

After a Tuesday game at Gorham, the Blazes face their most challenging back-to-back games of the season with a home game against Deering a week from Friday and a game at Portland on Jan. 22.

If the Blazes stay in fifth, they would head straight to the Portland Expo for the Western Class A quarterfinals. Sanford and Scarborough are two of the teams looking at that spot.

“I think it will be difficult for any of us to crack the top four positions,” said Karter.

“Portland, Bonny Eagle, Deering and South Portland seem headed for those spots. It’s tough to be looking ahead because of the number of games remaining.”

The Blazes have an all-senior starting five. There are plusses and minuses with that.

“When you have a senior club, some of the younger players don’t get as much playing time as you would like,” said Karter.

SCARBOROUGH (5-4) has won its last two games to creep over .500. The Red Storm beat Thornton Academy on Jan. 4, 81-74, and Cheverus,  73-51, on Tuesday. Scarborough is ranked seventh in the Heal standings.

“It all depends on whether we’re knocking down shots,” said Coach Tony DiBiase. “We’re not very big so we have to shoot the 3s well. The Cheverus game was by far our best all-around game.”

The Red Storm made 11 3-pointers against the Stags. The game before against the Golden Trojans, Scarborough canned 14.

“We have five guards on the floor and they all can shoot. We’ve been competitive in all our games with the exception of one. South Portland beat us pretty handling,” said DiBiase.

The Red Storm are balanced offensively. Sam Terry scored 24 points against Cheverus. Dillon Russo led the team with 21 against Thornton. Kevin Manning had 15 in the last game and 11 in the game before. Brendan Hall and point guard John Wheeler can also shoot the 3-pointer.

“They all play hard and are very coachable,” said DiBiase in his first year at Scarborough after spending 30-plus years as a head coach  at six other schools.

Scarborough’s three other losses have been close. The Red Storm lost to Westbrook by four on Dec. 11, in overtime to Marshwood on Dec. 14 and to Portland by 10 on Dec. 21 after it was tied with 3:30 to go.

“We have some issues because of our lack of height. We come down looking to shoot,” said DiBiase.

Staff Writer Tom Chard can be reached at 791-6419 or at:

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