Saturday, February 25, 2012
Last night Marchin, Donna and I headed into the Cumberland County Civic Center to take in a little roundball. It's High School Basketball Tournament time in Maine. We traveled in early, so we had time to get some get some grub and brews at Brian Boru and enjoy conversation with friends with Irish music playing in the distance. The games themselves went pretty much as I expected. Deering went up big on the Stags early, kept them at arms length til late in the fourth quarter and in the end withstood a furious Cheverus finish to take Game 1 52-49. Game 2 was pretty much a walkover as Bonny Eagle took South Portland 54-39, and the game itself wasn't anywheres close to the final score. The Scots came out scorching in the first 8 minutes and got up big but played ragged over the next two quarters, allowing the Riots to hang around. BE put the game away in the final eight minutes, outscoring SP 24-13. Game. Set. Point. So the Final in Western Maine Boys Class A is set: Deering vs. Bonny Eagle, pretty much the way I thought the final pairing would be way back in early January. So who takes it? BE lost to Cheverus in the Finals last February, and I always like a team that returns after a loss in this big game. They learn a lot. The Scots outside game will be the difference. If the Rams can't shut that aspect down, game over! Now, the trip back to the outlands was a bit hallowing to say the least. Weather? We experienced winter in Maine all in the 20 minute drive back home: driving, freezing rain, hail, sleet and snow provided some rather tricky driving conditions. Great job at the wheel Marchin!