MBNation North vs. South Showcase Recap
by Jacob Gleason
On Sunday the best talent in the state of Maine took to the court at Biddeford High School for a day of showcase games in front of numerous spectators and college coaches to mark the beginning of another season. Every game featured lots of excitement and outstanding players who were more than worth the price of admission.
Class of 2022/23
North 58, South 44
This 5th/6th grade futures game was largely dominated by a trio of North youngsters from Portland in Jaelen Jackson, Silvano Ismail and in particular, young big man Will Lobor, who not only dominated underneath en route to a game high 18 points but also showed off a very impressive array of dribbling moves. Suffice it to say his future is very bright indeed. For the South, Landon Cougle (Auburn) likewise played on the block but showed a solid ability to handle the rock like a guard. Reese Woodbury (Saco) played in this game as a 4th grader and showed incredibly advanced playmaking for his age, always finding the open man and scoring double figures to boot.
Class of 2020/21
South 72, North 67
The 7th/8th grade futures game started with Greely's Logan Bagshaw putting on a show for the South, scoring from long range repeatedly on his way to 20 first half points. Nick Strout (Gorham) and Zach Maturo (Bonny Eagle) likewise showed great shooting strokes and both are players to watch over the next few years for that reason. Will Mitchell (Saco) has great potential to become a dominant big man, with size (6-3 and very likely to grow several more inches), athleticism, and a perimeter shooting game to match. For the North, two 8th graders from Glenburn in Isaac Varney and Bryce Lausier turned in dominating performances, with Lausier connecting for seven threes and Varney displaying his amazing length and explosiveness to all in attendance while scoring a game high 24 points. Varney in particular is a player to watch in the state of Maine over the next several years, as his game will only continue to grow.
Class of 2019
North 80, South 77 (OT)
The first of two overtime games on the day, the margin of victory came during the extra frame when Jack Lombardo (Oceanside) hit a three from the corner to seal the victory to cap a sensational performance which included 20 points and a pair of charges taken down the stretch of regulation. Matt Duchaine (Cheverus) knocked down several contested threes from the left wing in the second half. For the South, Pedro Fonseca (Portland) displayed an advanced ability to score in a variety of ways, whether off the bounce or off the catch, scoring a game high 27 points in the process.
Class of 2018
South 86, North 84
This game was a seesaw affair which ended with the South holding on for a two point victory. Terion Moss (Portland) took over in the second half, getting to the basket and getting to the line repeatedly and scoring most of his 20 points down the stretch. Noah Malone (South Portland) put on a show particularly in the first half while scoring a game high 22 points. For the North, Taylor Schildroth (George Stevens Academy), coming off back to back MVP performances in this event the last two years and who held the showcase scoring record until Greely's Jordan Bagshaw broke it yesterday, heated up in the second half and kept the North in it.
Class of 2017
North 106, South 104
The North won the junior game but the story was Greely's Jordan Bagshaw, who set a showcase record with 45 points for the South, including a four point play and several other very well contested shots. Bagshaw's brilliance marked easily the best individual performace of the day. Ruay Bol (South Portland) demonstrated why he has garnered collegiate interest recently, showing length and athleticism and an ability to finish strong around the rim (as well as above it). Evan Christensen (Old Orchard Beach) did a great job of absorbing scoring through contact en route to 20 points. For the North, lefty Nate Desisto (Orono) demonstrated why his Orono team is a very strong contender in Class B, with several strong takes to the rim and some tough shots while scoring a team high 22 points.
Class of 2016
North 113, South 109 (OT)
This game was back and forth like all the others as well as the highest scoring game of the day. James Lathrop (Messalonskee) hit a game tying three at the end of regulation to send the game into overtime. In overtime, Amir Moss (Portland) and Benedict Williams (Deering) scored key baskets to lead the North to victory. Zach MacKinnon (Kennebunk) showed off a shooting stroke that has become close to automatic and demonstrated why he is arguably the most improved player in the state of Maine this season. Jack Tilley (Thornton Academy) served notice that he will be a force in Maine basketball this season after transferring from Canada, showing a great jump shot and explosiveness. Nick Gilpin (Hampden) showed off his amazing playmaking yet again, setting up others for open shots on a regular basis.
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