February 6th, 2021

by Maine Basketball Rankings

We start at Erskine Academy, where Maranacook’s Cash McClure is making a strong case for Mr. Basketball.

That’s nearly a quadruple-double in 3 quarters for McClure, who sat out the 4th quarter as Maranacook beat Erskine by 36. It begs the question: when does sportsmanship go too far? Has anyone ever lost a game by 36 and said to themselves afterward, “at least it wasn’t 50”? Most coaches, I suspect, wouldn’t mind their opponent leaving a kid in the game to get a quadruple-double, especially in this season where there’s not a lot to play for. I ran a Twitter poll on it, and roughly 60% said let him go for it. I’m not sure I understand the thinking of the “pull him” crowd. Aren’t we just punishing excellence? I say let him go off. Leave him in with the JVs. Tell him not to score if you want. The JVs will benefit from playing with him and he gets a chance for a game he’ll always remember. How often does someone have a shot at a quadruple-double?

Last year, the Hall-Dale girls managed to “pull a Brewer” and thread the finest of needles to sneak into the Tournament. This year, if there was a Tournament to qualify for, they’d be well on their way. They’re 2-2, but those wins are over Winthrop and Class A Gardiner and they lost by 1 at home to Monmouth. A solid Tourney team, for sure. They face a 3-1 Maranacook team that avenged their sole loss last night with a 13-point victory over Erskine. It’s not often that a Class C school plays a Class B school and both teams have wins over Class A teams in their resume. Actually this might be a first in the 5 class era.

#17 Maranacook @ #15 Hall-Dale (Hall-Dale +4.5) [84.1]

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