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How to improve boys basketball at UMaine and Bangor High

on May 04, 2015, at 12:07 p.m.
I posed some questions for you last week concerning the University of Maine men’s and the Bangor High School boys basketball programs. I have now come up with answers, along with my recommendations. The answers to the Maine questions are based on watching all of Maine’s games streamed online, team’s …

Questions linger for UMaine men’s and Bangor High boys basketball programs

on April 27, 2015, at 1:15 p.m.
The NBA season staggers on with the playoffs in full swing, but there are still some lingering questions I have concerning the University of Maine men’s basketball program and the Bangor High School boys basketball program. I think these are questions that coaches, fans, parents, taxpayers, players and readers might …

Recruiting information Maine Division I basketball prospects should know

on April 19, 2015, at 11:51 p.m.
With the Division I basketball recruiting period winding down, I thought it important to give next year’s seniors some information to keep in mind. I have been very fortunate to have coached some outstanding players over the years. A few were heavily recruited by D-I schools from all over the country. Some were even …

UMaine’s Koizar is excellent example of international basketball players’ impact

on April 13, 2015, at 11:20 a.m.
  Over twenty-five percent of players on NBA rosters are international players. The defending champion San Antonio Spurs lead with 10. There are also many international players on Division I college teams. Some have found their way to American prep and high schools. The Lee Academy postgrads have had international …

Coaches should take the time to develop big low post players

on April 05, 2015, at 10:27 p.m.
Many basketball experts feel back-to-the-basket low post players are extinct and are no longer needed in today’s game at any level. Let me eliminate that fallacy by offering this season’s Final Four teams — Kentucky, Wisconsin, Duke and Michigan State — as evidence. All four teams had above-average bigs who …

March is truly maddening for a basketball purist

on March 30, 2015, at 11:47 a.m.
March Madness, the NCAA Division I men’s basketball tourney, is defined by many by its upsets, exciting games, drama, celebrations and high-flying dunks. My definition of  March Madness has nothing to do with that. Instead, the madness is the way the game has changed and not for the better in …

Year of prep school proving to be beneficial for Hampden’s Zach Gilpin

on March 23, 2015, at 11:55 a.m.
Zach Gilpin, who helped lead Hampden Academy to three straight Eastern Maine Class A titles and a state crown, decided to go the prep school route this past season at Bridgton Academy under veteran coach Whit Lesure. Gilpin is a two-time first-team member of the Bangor Daily News All-Maine team, …

Here’s how the UMaine men’s basketball team can improve next season

on March 16, 2015, at 12:46 p.m.
The University of Maine men’s basketball team posted a 3-27 record this season under new head coach Bob Walsh after last year’s team compiled a 6-23 mark. Both teams lost in the quarterfinal round of the America East tourney. Maine returned four starters: senior 3-point specialist Zarko Valjarevic (6-foot-4) and …

Spurs Coach Should Have Read My March 10 Blog

on March 14, 2015, at 11:11 a.m.
Two years ago I wrote a Blog about “to foul or not to foul when your team is ahead by 3 points and less then 6 seconds to go in the game after the Spurs lost game 6 of the Championship series against the Miami Heat when they did not …

Basketball’s Shakespeare Question : “To Foul Or Not to Foul” ?

on March 10, 2015, at 4:58 p.m.
The three point shot has been in basketball since 1984 in College and 1987 in high school. Teams have continually made the same mistakes concerning the 3 pointer when a team is ahead by 3 and the team behind has the ball with under 6 seconds to go in the …

UMaine women couldn’t survive in America East tourney with poor 3-point shooting

on March 09, 2015, at 5:29 p.m.
The University of Maine women’s basketball team’s 3-point shooting woes this past weekend in the America East Tournament was another good example of proving the old adage that teams that live by the 3 often die by the 3. That’s what happened when top-seeded Maine was upset Sunday by No. …

Here are my picks for the top plays, players and efforts in the state basketball finals

on March 02, 2015, at 10:13 a.m.
Here are my thoughts after watching the eight state championship basketball games this weekend. — Of the eight high school games, only one visiting team won, as Western Maine Class D boys champ Forest Hills of Jackman beat Fort Fairfield at the Eastern Maine site, the Cross Insurance Center in …
The Calais High School boys celebrate their 57-43 victory over Dirigo High School of Dixfield in Saturday night's Class C basketball state championship game at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor. Calais won 57-43.

Calais boys shut down Dirigo to capture ‘C’ boys state crown

By Pete Warner on Feb. 28, 2015, at 11:06 p.m.
BANGOR | The motto of the Calais High School boys basketball team is emblazoned on the back of their warmup shirts. “Hard hats and boots. All out. All game. All season.” Now, the Blue Devils can add: “All the way to a state championship.” Calais demonstrated grit, cohesiveness and …
The Hampden Academy Broncos celebrate after winning the Class A state basketball championship game in Augusta on Saturday. Hampden Academy bested Portland High School 70-50.

Hampden boys surge to 2nd Class A state championship in 3 years

By Ernie Clark on Feb. 28, 2015, at 10:17 p.m.
AUGUSTA | A fast start and dominant finish sparked Hampden Academy to its second Class A boys basketball state championship in three years Saturday night. Coach Russ Bartlett’s club — outscored by Portland 22-5 in the first quarter of last year’s state final loss — turned the tables in …

Saturday’s state basketball summaries

on Feb. 28, 2015, at 9:10 p.m.
GIRLS Class A LAWRENCE 50, THORNTON ACAD. 43 Thornton Acad. (19-3) 43 Hart 6-12 2-5 14, McCrum 3-12 0-7, H. Campbell 1-3 1-2 3, Robinson 1-1 0-0 2, Strickland 0-2 2-2 2, Howe 3-7 1-2 8, Lux 2-9 3-9 7. Totals: 26-46 9-20 43. Lawrence (21-1) 50 Boudreau 0-3 0-0 …
The Houlton High School girls basketball team celebrates its victory over Maranacook Community School in the Class C state championship game at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor on Saturday evening . Houlton won 59-51.

Houlton girls pull away from Maranacook to claim Class C state championship

By Ryan McLaughlin on Feb. 28, 2015, at 9:03 p.m.
BANGOR | Kolleen Bouchard was understandably a tad antsy when she picked up her third foul early in the third quarter of Saturday night’s Class C state championship game and was relegated to the bench. But there was no look of panic on the Houlton freshman’s face, and it …
Morgan Boudreau (left) and Paige Belanger of the Lawrence High School Bulldogs celebrate after their win in the Class A state championship basketball game in Augusta on Saturday. Lawrence defeated Thornton Academy 50-43.

Irving leads Lawrence past Thornton Academy for first Class A girls basketball state title since 1994

By Ernie Clark on Feb. 28, 2015, at 7:25 p.m.
AUGUSTA | Nia Irving and Dominique Lewis weren’t born when Cindy Blodgett revolutionized Maine schoolgirl basketball during her four years at Lawrence High School during the early 1990s. But now they share something new in common with the phenom from Clinton — the title of state champion. Irving and …
Washburn fans cheer on their girls team to a 60-54 victory over Rangeley on Saturday at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor.

Worcester scores record 37 points to lead Washburn past Rangeley for ‘D’ title

By Larry Mahoney on Feb. 28, 2015, at 6:33 p.m.
BANGOR | Washburn High School senior guard Mackenzie Worcester didn’t expect to reach the 2,000-point plateau for her career because she thought she entered Saturday’s State Class D championship game against Rangeley needing “40 or 50 points.” But her father, Larry, informed her Saturday morning that she was just …
Fort Fairfield's Johnny Theriault (2) drives inside past the defense of  Dawson Daigle (3) of Forest Hills during the Class D state championship Saturday at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor.

Seniors spearhead Forest Hills past Fort Fairfield for ‘D’ boys title

By Pete Warner on Feb. 28, 2015, at 5:31 p.m.
BANGOR | Forest Hills High School hadn’t had a legitimately tight game all season. Their average halftime lead was 27 points and the closest contest was a 14-point win over Hyde in the Western Maine final. That meant the starters seldom played anywhere near 32 minutes. On Saturday afternoon, …

Cape Elizabeth, Medomak Valley basketball summary

on Feb. 27, 2015, at 11:06 p.m.
BOYS Class B Cape Elizabeth 44, Medomak Valley 42 Medomak Valley (19-3) 42 Vail, Beck 2-0-5, Williamson 2-5-9, Spear 1-0-2, Starr, DePatsy 6-1-14, McMurrin, Allaire 5-2-12, Cole. Totals: 16-8 42. Cape Elizabeth (19-3) 44 O’Rourke 4-0-11, Murphy 5-2-13, Hewitt 0-2-2, Guerette 2-0-4, Bowe 3-0-7, Galvin 2-0-4, Bottomley 1-0-3, Donnelly. Totals: …
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