Preview of Saturday’s league matches

Preview of Saturday's league matches

Six-foot-11 JP Estrella and his South Portland teammates will take on Oxford Hills in the Class AA Championship game on Saturday night. Brianna Soukup/staff photographer


WHO: Oxford Hills (18-3) v South Portland (20-1)

WHEN: 9 p.m. Saturday

OR: Cross Insurance Arena, Portland

TV: MPBN’s “The World” channel (1276 TW/Spectrum; 164 Comcast)

KEY PLAYERS: Oxford Hills – Teigan Pelletier, N/A, F (16.1 points, 7.4 rebounds, 2.8 assists); Cole Pulkkinen, jr., G (11.8 points, 3.3 assists, 36 steals); Eli Soehren, jr., G (9.0 points, 4.3 rebounds, 2.1 assists); Colby Dillingham, Sr, C (13.5 points, 7.9 rebounds). South Portland – JP Estrella, jr., C (20.2 points, 11.8 rebounds, 4.1 blocks); Owen Maloney, sr., F (10.6 points, 3.3 rebounds, 2.8 steals); Jaelen Jackson, jr., G (14.4 points, 4.3 rebounds, 4.4 assists); Jayden Kim, So., G (2.9 points).

TO MONITOR : Pelletier, a 6-6 winger, was eye-catching, with game-winning baskets against Bangor in the North quarter-final and in overtime to knock out number one Edward Little in the North final. … In the paint, the 6-10, 280-pound Dillingham will try to limit the offensive rebounds of the active 6-11 Estrella. On the other end, Estrella is a significant shot-changer. …Both teams want to work inside with their big men and off the dribbling – and prevent the other team from doing the same. The team with the most quality mid-term and transition chances will have an advantage. … Oxford Hills has never won a men’s basketball state championship. His only other trip to a state final was in 1990. South Portland won Maine’s first basketball championship in 1922 and went 11-11 in major men’s school title games, including Class AA losses to Portland in 2016 and 2017. The Red Riots’ last title came in 1992 in a classic five-overtime against Bangor.

You may have heard of the guy dribbling the ball: Freshman Cooper Flagg and Nokomis High take on Falmouth in the Class A final on Saturday. Michael G. Seamans / Morning Watchman


WHO: Nokomis (20-1) v Falmouth (19-2)

WHEN: 3 p.m. Saturday

OR: Cross Insurance Arena, Portland


KEY PLAYERS: Nokomis – Cooper Flagg, Fr., G/F (20.4 points, 9.4 rebounds, 6.0 assists); Ace Flagg, Fr., F/C (11.0 points, 6.9 rebounds); Alex Grant, so., G (6.2 points, 29 3-pointers); Madden White, Jr., G/F (10.3 points). Falmouth – Brady Coyne, sr., G (19.3 points, 4.0 assists); Jack Stowell, Sr, G (19.2 points, 4.1 assists); Judd Armstrong, Jr., F (12.6 points); Zach Morrill Sr. C (8.2 points, 9.1 rebounds).

TO MONITOR : Nokomis’ 6-foot-7 standout Cooper Flagg has already established himself as one of – if not the best – Maine players with an explosive all-around game. His twin, Ace Flagg, is a force in painting. White gives the team a third scorer, and the Warriors have been stingy defensively. Nokomis, the No. 1 team in the Varsity Maine poll, is the top draw in Maine high school basketball. Expect the arena to be packed. … Falmouth is more experienced. Coyne and Stowell are legitimate 3-point threats that can create for others. The Navigators need to match Nokomis on the boards and avoid giving up a big second-half run like Nokomis used to bury Cony and Brewer in the North Region. Falmouth coach Dave Halligan is 6-2 in state championship games. … This is Nokomis’ first national men’s basketball final.

NOTE: Player statistics are for regular season games.

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