JONESPORT, Maine — The trophy case continues to grow more crowded for Jonesport-Beals boys basketball star Garet Beal.
Less than two weeks after being named the state’s Mr. Basketball for 2013, the 6-foot-5-inch guard-forward was named Thursday as Maine’s Gatorade Boys Basketball Player of the Year for the second straight season.
Beal becomes just the second boys basketball player from Maine to win back-to-back Gatorade awards since it was established in 1985. Winthrop’s T.J. Caouette was a two-time winner in 1995 and 1996.
Beal also is only the second winner from a Maine Class D boys basketball program, with Vinalhaven’s Raymond Alley the recipient in 1989. Beal was also named Mr. Maine Basketball, given to the state’s top senior, on March 9 by the Maine Association of Basketball Coaches.
Beal averaged 34.0 points, 10.7 rebounds and 5.5 assists per game while playing an average of just 24 minutes per game this winter in leading coach Gordon Faulkingham’s Jonesport-Beals club to an undefeated regular season and a berth in the Eastern Maine Class D quarterfinals. He shot 60 percent from the field, 48 percent from 3-point range and 79 percent from the free-throw line.
The four-year starter also set school records this winter with 55 points in a single game and with his career total of 1,686 points — in both cases surpassing marks set by his late father Lindell Beal.
As a junior, Beal led the Royals to their first state title since 1993, averaging 22.3 points, 8.7 rebounds, 3.8 steals, 3.6 assists and 1.6 blocks per game while shooting 61.5 percent from the field, 46.7 percent from 3-point range and 81.2 percent from free-throw line.
Beal had 16 points and 10 rebounds during Jonesport-Beals’ 83-45 victory over Forest Hills of Jackman in the 2012 Class D state championship game.
Beal was a first-team Bangor Daily News All-Maine choice last year and a third-team honoree as a sophomore in 2011.
Jonesport-Beals compiled a 71-9 record during Beal’s four varsity seasons at Jonesport-Beals, including 18-1 this winter when the Royals were upset by Easton in the quarterfinal round.
“As an opposing coach, our game plan always focused on how to handle Garet before and after he received the ball,” said Deer Isle-Stonington coach Glenn Billings. “Garet has the ability to pull up and hit the open jumper if you play off him, drive by you if you play up tight and pass to an open player if you double him. He sees the floor and reads the defender as well as anyone we have played against, and his willingness to use all of his teammates is what has made him so tough to defend.
“He is also an excellent defender, taking away the other team’s best offensive threat in many games. I believe he is one of the best high school basketball players we have seen in our state.”
Off the court, Beal has maintained an A-minus average in the classroom and serves as a member of his school’s student council. In addition to donating his time on behalf of the National Honor Society, he has volunteered as a mentor to elementary school pupils and as part of both community fundraisers and cleanup efforts.
Beal has signed a National Letter of Intent to play basketball on scholarship at the University of Maine this fall.