Saturday, February 8, 2014
Well, the 2014 high school basketball schedule has run its course, and it's Tournament Time. In Class A (largest enrollment schools) Boys, it's the top 3 and then all the rest. I have to chuckle. Some years it certainly is wide-open but not this year. The local sport pundits caution that this might be the year of the underdog. I say, not this year fellers! Portland High (18-0), Falmouth High (17-1) and Bonny Eagle High (17-1) are the class of the 17 schools. A couple of points here-- Portland dispatched all comers, including a solid beating of Bonny Eagle on a neutral court in their only meeting. I was in attendance to see Falmouth manhandle BE in a Holiday Tournament game. This game did not count in the standings, but said a lot. There was no stopping the Yachtmen's height. Falmouth played a quirky schedule, all Class B teams. They'll play a full Class A schedule next year, but how will they fare next week playing the A schools? Bonny Eagle has lost the last three years in the Western A Final. Is this their year to finally take the last step to a State Final and a chance to hoist the Gold Ball?
Don't bet against PHS Bulldogs in the Western Maine Finals.
It might be quite a State Final against Hampden Academy (#1 in Eastern Maine) also 18-0 this morning.
I've got a funny feeling about Bonny Eagle though.
This just might be the Scots' year.
Let's play the games!