2012-12-14 / Sports Spotlight

Red Storm counting on senior’s leadership

By Michael Kelley Staff Writer


Senior Brendan Hall is being counted on this season to help lead the Scarborough boys’ basketball team. The team, under new leadership this season, finished 10-9 last year and lost to Biddeford High School in the first round of the playoffs. (Michael Kelley photo) Senior Brendan Hall is being counted on this season to help lead the Scarborough boys’ basketball team. The team, under new leadership this season, finished 10-9 last year and lost to Biddeford High School in the first round of the playoffs. (Michael Kelley photo) Brendan Hall got a late start in the Scarborough basketball program, but it didn’t take long for him to get acclimated. Now, four years later, Hall, a senior, is being relied on to lead the Scarborough boys’ basketball team through the 2012- 2013 season.

“Brendan is a very good, solid, all-around basketball player,” said Tony DiBiase, who is starting his first year as coach in Scarborough. “He’s a good leader and he is as strong defensively as he is offensively. We are counting on him a great deal.”

Hall moved to Scarborough from Rockland toward the end of eighth grade after his father, Tom Hall, was hired as Scarborough’s Town Manager. A summer of playing sports, he said, “welcomed me to high school.”

Hall, a three-sport athlete who plays golf in the fall and baseball in the spring, said it is difficult for him to pick a favorite sport, but does like the team aspect to baseball and basketball.

“I play golf, too. Golf is an individual sport and basketball is more of a team sport. When you win in basketball, you win as a team,” Hall said. “I like the accomplishment of winning. It feels better to do it as a team.”

Hall said he is not intending to play a sport in college, but rather focus on academics and pursue a business degree.

Right now his focus is on the Scarborough basketball team, which is adjusting to not only a new style of play, but also to a group of new starters.

“I am looking forward to the season and working with a new coach. We have some goals for the season and I think we have to opportunity and potential to accomplish them,” said Hall, one of the two returning starters.

DiBiase said such adjustments don’t come easy.

“It is a process. There is a first year coach and a first year system,” said DiBiase, a longtime boys basketball coach in the state. “It is about adapting to a new style of play. It’s not a matter of it being right or wrong, it is about adapting to it. We want to play fast and we want to press.”

“We have definitely bought into his system. His offense works well,” Hall said. “His game plan is perfect for us.”

So far the approach has yielded mixed results. The team, which finished 10-9 last season, is 1-1 after a 66-49 win against Gorham High School Friday, Dec. 7 and a 63-59 loss to Westbrook High School Tuesday, Dec. 11.

The team hosts Marshwood High School (0-2) on Friday, Dec. 14. Marshwood is coming off a 59-31 loss to Deering High School, the defending Class A champion.

Hall said he is looking forward to the Dec. 21 matchup against Portland High School (2-0).

“It is going to be a tough game,” Hall said. “Portland is picked number one, but I think we match up against them pretty well.”

DiBiase said games against the “perennial powers” such as Portland, Cheverus and Deering won’t be easy for the Red Storm. Cheverus, Deering or Portland have appeared in 14 of the last 16 state championship games. During that time Cheverus won titles in 1997, 2008 and 2010, Portland won titles in 1999 and 2004 and Deering won titles in 2006 and 2012.

“Because of our lack of size, we will have to be able to shoot and shoot well. We will have to get an even opportunity on the boards. We are pretty athletic. We will see what happens. It’s a good group to work with,” DiBiase said.

Regardless of what happens, Hall said the goal this season is to get better as the season goes along and learn from mistakes made on the court.

“Like all the teams I’ve coached, we want to get better throughout the season, so by tournament time we are playing our best basketball,” DiBiase said.

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