January 28, 2013

High School Notebook: Missed chance for Gray-NG

From staff reports

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The Raiders have four games remaining, all important, of course, but the win over the Rangers, who had beaten Fryeburg by six points earlier in the season, was the key.

AFTER NOT playing for a week, top-ranked Falmouth (14-0) picked up two wins over the weekend. The Yachtsmen beat Wells 70-36 on Friday and Poland 67-42 on Saturday. Falmouth has four games remaining, with the critical one at York on Feb. 5. The regular season ends Feb. 8.

Coach Dave Halligan was able to give his starters plenty of rest against Wells. That was important with back-to-back games. The Yachtsmen showed their depth in both games. On Friday night, Thomas Coyne and Nick Burton came off the bench to score 16 and 13 points respectively. On Saturday, big men Jake Horning and Andrew Thornton scored 12 and eight points respectively.

Falmouth will be favored in the upcoming Western Class B tournament -- by how much depends on its next game with York. If the Wildcats are more competitive than they were the first time the teams met, then the tournament just might be a little closer than most people think.

IT WAS a nice atmosphere for high school basketball Thursday night at the Portland Expo when the Portland and Deering boys played for the first time in the regular season. Portland ended a two-game losing streak with a 44-37 win. Both teams have two losses heading into the final two weeks of the regular season, and the crowd reminded one of what the Western Maine Class A quarterfinals will be like on Feb. 15-16 at the Expo.

Both teams wrap up the regular season Feb. 8 at Deering in what could be a game for the top seed in the tournament.

Thursday's game was low-scoring through three quarters and defense ruled. It opened up in the fourth, with Deering having by far its best quarter of the night with 17 points. Portland's 12 points were enough to hold on, and a big improvement from its two previous games when it scored only five and two fourth-quarter points respectively.

Deering's offense struggled in the first three quarters, scoring nine, five and six points. Portland slowed down the Rams' strong interior game and they couldn't hit from outside until the fourth.

-- Staff Writers Mike Lowe, Tom Chard and Steve Craig contributed to this report.

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