January 25, 2013

High School Basketball Notebook: Tight races for final tournament spots in Western B

By Tom Chard tchard@pressherald.com
Staff Writer

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Tanner Hyland

PLAYER OF THE WEEK

Tanner Hyland, South Portland: Hyland scored 23 points in helping the Red Riots to their biggest win of the season, an 82-77 double- overtime win over Bonny Eagle. Hyland made two buzzer-beating baskets. He is averaging 18.8 points, five assists and five rebounds a game.

HONORABLE MENTION

John Hepburn, Boothbay Region: Hepburn scored 32 points to lead the 13-1 Seahawks to a 61-51 win over Lisbon.

Quinn Richardson-Newton, Thornton Academy: He scored 21 points as Thornton Academy continued its late-season surge with a 62-46 win over rival Biddeford.

Nick Dubay, Bonny Eagle: Dubay led a 3-point shooting barrage by the Scots in their double- overtime loss to South Portland. Dubay scored 21 points with seven 3-pointers and grabbed eight rebounds.

BOYS' TOP 10

1. Falmouth

2. Deering

3. South Portland

4. Bonny Eagle

5. Portland

6. Westbrook

7. Thornton Academy

8. Brunswick

9. Scarborough

10. York.

Next Tuesday, Westbrook hosts Thornton Academy.

South Portland is another team getting better. The Riots are 11-2. Last Monday's double-overtime win over Bonny Eagle was South Portland's biggest win of the season.

"We were down by eight points halfway through the first period," said Coach Phil Conley. "I liked the way we battled back. Once we got the ball inside, our offense ran smoothly. It was a game of runs -- a great high school basketball game."

South Portland hosts Cheverus on Friday night.

THE CHEVERUS at Portland game, postponed Jan. 16 because of snow, will be played at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Portland High instead of the Portland Expo. The Maine Red Claws are holding a community event at the Expo that night.

JUNIOR VARSITY basketball teams are the D-League for the varsity. Last Friday night, the Westbrook and Deering junior varsities played a four-overtime game with Deering outlasting Westbrook, 90-83.

The overtimes meant the varsity game started nearly an hour late. Deering hit two shots at the buzzer to extend the game, one in regulation and the second to force the second overtime.

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

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