June 24, 2018
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Deer Isle-Stonington coach relishes time spent leading four Ciomei brothers

By Larry Mahoney, BDN Staff

Deer Isle-Stonington boys basketball coach Glenn Billings feels fortunate to have coached four brothers over his career.

Junior center Hayden Ciomei is the fourth Ciomei to play for the Mariners. Older brothers Nick, Bryant and Collin preceded him.

Bryant and Collin led the Mariners to the state Class D championship in 2007 when Bryant was a senior and Collin was a junior.

“I was lucky enough to have coached all four of them,” said Billings. “They’re all a little different and they all brought something different (to the team).

“Hayden is a good big man (6-foot-4 center) who passes the ball well. He doesn’t ‘wow you’ with a lot of moves but he’s very steady and very smart,” said Billings.

He said Bryant was a point guard who reminds him of his current point guard, junior Sam Grindle.

“He sees the floor like Sam and he makes everyone better. He could have scored a lot more points but he knows in order for us to win, he has to make sure to get everybody involved,” said Billings. “Collin was 6-foot-3 and could run the floor. He was a point guard in a big man’s body. He was slender. He could shoot and get to the rim. He had a quick first step. He had all the guard skills and then, during his eighth-grade year, he grew [dramatically] out of nowhere. But he kept his guard skills.”

Nick, according to Billings, was a “defensive specialist.”

“He was a guard. He was left-handed. He was very strong and was extremely fast. He was probably one of my best defensive players,” added Billings.

Hayden Ciomei wasn’t the only Ciomei to play in the Bangor Auditorium this week.

His older sister Janelle played for the eighth-seeded Deer Isle-Stonington girls team which was eliminated by top seed Washburn 78-40 on Monday.

Janelle Ciomei is a senior who capped an impressive career with 18 points, six rebounds and two steals against Washburn.

Billings said their parents, Kurt and Jody, have done a “terrific job” raising their five children.

“They’ve spent a lot of time with them and you can tell,” said Billings.

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