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Answer to Trivia Question: Spurs vs. Black Bears

on July 02, 2014, at 10:25 p.m.
What did the San Antonio Spurs and UMaine Men’s Black Bear Basketball teams have exactly the same last season 2013-14? Answer: Each team had 8 international players on their 2013-14 Team Rosters. The Spurs just traded for another international player from Serbia and now have 9 on their roster as …
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Basketball Trivia Question: Spurs vs. Black Bears

on June 29, 2014, at 12:41 p.m.
This is an original Bob Cimbollek basketball trivia question. If I asked you this basketball trivia question before this past month, I had to tell you the answer because NOBODY got it correct. Let’s see if any Bangor Daily News Blog readers can get it correct. Here it is: What …
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Spurs Redeem Themselves From Last Years Finals Loss

on June 25, 2014, at 11:07 a.m.
After 362 days the San Antonio Spurs (the only team I will watch in the NBA, the “Not Basketball Anymore or Nothing But Athleticism Leagues) redeemed their devastating loss in game 6 at Miami which cost them the NBA Title redeemed themselves by winning their 4 15 plus games over …
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Spurs Poor Foul Shooting COSTS THEM

on June 09, 2014, at 4:47 p.m.
Again, foul shooting wins or losses many close games. The San Antonio Spurs missed 4 foul shots late in the game as Parker missed 2 on a flagrant l and Duncan missed 2 shots. They lost 98-96 and if they had made 3 of 4 75% they would have a …
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Will Popovich Foul this Time Around in NBA Finals????????????

on June 05, 2014, at 2:39 p.m.
It starts tonite again. Last year after the Spurs blew a 10 point lead going into the 4th quarter only needing to win this game to become the NBA Champions for the 5th time, they found themselves up 6 with 32 seconds to go in the game with Duncan and …
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Answers to basketball shooting test!!

on May 26, 2014, at 7:39 p.m.
1. Both feet facing straight to basket. Shooting foot lined up with center of rim and non-shooting foot even with the outside of the rim and 6 inches back from the front of shooting foot. 2. Dead Center of the basket 3. Ball flat on palm, fingers and thumb4. Using …
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Why there are few D-1 Potential Basketball Players in Maine!!

on May 24, 2014, at 4:09 p.m.
There is no question that today’s basketball game is based on athleticism at all levels and that creates problems for players who have average or below athletic skills. The game in the NBA and D-1 in most cases are athletic track meets on a wooden 94 foot by 50 foot …
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Can You Pass this Basketball Shooting Test?

on May 20, 2014, at 8:30 p.m.
Here is an opportunity to check your basketball shooting IQ. 1. What is squaring? 2. What is the correct target to aim at? 3. What is the correct position of the shooting hand on the ball? 4. How does a player develop a “soft touch” in shooting? 5. What is …
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History Shows Maine Can Compete Successfully with Maine Players

on May 06, 2014, at 7:54 p.m.
Over the years there have been many Mainers that helped UMaine Men’s Basketball. From Keith Mahaney, Fort Fairfield and John Norris, Bangor in the mid 50′s, to Skip Chappelle, Don Sturgeon, Old Town, Jon Ingalls, Bangor and Wayne Champeon, Greenville in 59-60 when they went 19-4 and finished tied for …
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Can the candidates for the UMaine men’s basketball coaching job answer these questions?

on April 28, 2014, at 11:30 a.m.
A selection committee will soon be interviewing candidates for the head coaching job of the University of Maine men’s basketball team and may need a little help. Given that, I have put together some questions that should be answered by the coaching candidates. Some general questions: – What are the …
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Hiring Leichner as men’s basketball coach a ‘no-brainer’ for UMaine

on April 21, 2014, at 1:43 p.m.
The UMaine men’s basketball program is in a unique, tough situation as it searches for a new basketball coach. Orono is isolated. Here, it is all about location. If you draw a circle 500 miles in circumference from it, much of that area is woods, the Atlantic Ocean or the …
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These two basketball skills will help teams win lots of games

on April 14, 2014, at 12:17 p.m.
Ignoring foul shooting and rebounding, two basic basketball skills, are the reasons many teams lose games. This was evident when the eighth-seeded Connecticut Huskies won their fourth national championship in NCAA Division I basketball by defeating the No. 7 Kentucky Wildcats last week. Kentucky’s freshmen seven took advantage of their …
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Should they stay or should they go? College freshmen face a difficult decision

on April 07, 2014, at 11:18 a.m.
Now is the time top Division I college basketball freshmen are making a decision on whether they are going to enter the NBA draft or stay in college. From Kentucky’s seven frosh to Syracuse’s freshman point guard, freshmen must decide if it is to their benefit to enter the draft. …
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March Madness can be tough for a basketball purist — and his TV remote

on March 30, 2014, at 10:11 p.m.
After 70 consecutive years of either playing, coaching or officiating basketball, I took my first winter off and instead of being a participant, I became just a fan. I observed hundreds of games in person, on TV and online. I have seen parts of all NCAA Tourney men’s games played …
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Many factors cause differences between high school and college basketball officiating

on March 24, 2014, at 12:01 p.m.
With March Madness in full swing, fans are seeing the differences in the officiating of the high school and college men’s basketball games. The first reasons for this deal with major rule differences: – On college  foul shots, the players on the free-throw lane lines may enter the lane as …
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Some Eastern MaineTournament Observations

on March 19, 2014, at 3:10 p.m.
Here are some 2014 Eastern Maine Tourney Observations from a player, coach, official, fan, and writer views. Upsets galore in Prelims and quarter-finals 12 of 34 upsets more than one/third in Eastern Maine A B C and D prelims. Biggest prelim upset ever as 16th seeded Jonesport-Beals over number 1 Washburn in …
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Athletes facing difficult decision: spring sport or AAU basketball?

on March 17, 2014, at 11:01 a.m.
Many middle school and high school basketball players are now facing a difficult decision. Will they just participate in a spring sport for their school or play for a club/travel basketball team? Should they try to do both? Non-school basketball games for club and travel teams, such as AAU basketball, …
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Players should be able to hit 70 percent of their foul shots

on March 09, 2014, at 9:55 p.m.
Foul shooting is the one basketball skill that has not changed since it was put in the game. It has survived all the rules and skills changes that have evolved. It is the skill that many times determines the outcome of a game. The distance from the backboard to the …
Saint Dominic players Caleb Labrie (19) and Mitch Lorenz (21) congratulate Falmouth players during the awards ceremony on Saturday after Falmouth won the Class A state final 3-2 in Lewiston.

Grade’s overtime goal lifts Falmouth by St. Dominic for second straight Class A hockey state title

By Ernie Clark on March 08, 2014, at 9:21 p.m.
LEWISTON, Maine — Jake Grade wasn’t always in the right place during overtime of Saturday night’s Class A ice hockey state championship game. First he was in the penalty box, then he was on the ice courtesy of a good hit by a St. Dominic of Auburn defender. But moments …

Messalonskee surges past Gorham to win first Class B ice hockey state crown

By Ernie Clark on March 08, 2014, at 4:17 p.m.
LEWISTON, Maine — The difference between the Messalonskee Eagles and the rest of the state’s Class B ice hockey world is pretty basic — too much firepower. Brothers Jared Cunningham and Chase Cunningham scored second-period goals to snap a 1-1 stalemate and Messalonskee went on to add three late goals …
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