BANGOR, Maine (March 7, 2014)– This evening, the Maine Association of Basketball Coaches (MABC) unveiled the recipients of the 2014 Mr. and Miss Maine Basketball. The announcement was made at the Maine McDonald’s® High School Senior All-Star Basketball Games awards banquet at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor, Maine.
Allie Clement of Catherine McAuley High School was crowned Miss Maine Basketball. Mr. Basketball honors went to Dustin Cole of Bonny Eagle High School.
“This is the highest individual award presented to a male and female basketball player in the state,” explained Mike Giordano, president of the Maine Association of Basketball Coaches. “It is awarded for commitment, dedication and excellence throughout the players’ high school careers.”
Other finalists for the honor of Miss Basketball were Tiana-Jo Carter of Lake Region High School and Parise Rossignol of Martin Van Buren High School.
The other finalists for the title of Mr. Basketball included Zachary Gilpinand Isaiah Bess, both of Hampden Academy.
Also honored at the MABC Awards Banquet were the Maine McDonald’s High School Senior All-Star Basketball Players, Regional Foul Shooting Champions, All-Star Coaches, members of the All-State Academic Team, the Maine McDonald’s Spirit of the Game Award recipients, Team of the Year recipients, MABC Contributor Award honoree, and the MABC Media Award honoree.
The 2014 Maine McDonald's High School Senior All-Star Basketball Games marks McDonald’s 26th consecutive year as lead sponsor of this event. This year’s games will be played at Newman Gymnasium on the campus of Husson University in Bangor on Saturday, March 9th. Game day tickets are good for all four Games and may be purchased at the door. Tickets are $8.00 for adults and $5.00 for students and children. More information is available at www.mainemcdonaldsbasketball.org
Net proceeds from the Games benefit Ronald McDonald House Charities® (RMHC®) of Maine. RMHC of Maine is a non-profit organization whose goal is to help Maine children and families lead happier, healthier and more productive lives. Since it was founded in 1989, RMHC of Maine has granted more than $2 million to local children’s programs that have made a measurable impact in our community. For more information visit www.rmhcmaine.org
In addition to underwriting the cost of planning and executing the event, the Maine McDonald’s Owner/Operator Association, a collaboration of 16 local Maine McDonald’s franchisees, works hand-in-hand with the Maine Association of Basketball Coaches and these major sponsors to make the event possible: Dr Pepper, Maine Athletic Fundraising, H.O. Bouchard Inc. Transportation, Hannaford, Hancock Lumber, McCain Foods, WLBZ-2, Bangor and WCSH-6, Portland. In-kind sponsors include Coastal T-Shirts, Coca-Cola, Dr Pepper, Hershey’s, Holiday Inn Bangor, Sign Shack of Maine and Bronson Audio/Visual.
MISS MAINE BASKETBALL: Allie Clement - Catherine McAuley High School
Few players in the state's rich basketball history can match the winning legacy of Catherine McAuley's Allie Clement.
In four years, Allie won 85 of 88 games, including 56 in a row. She capped that near-perfect career with a perfect 16-0 tournament record and four Class A state championships. She was the Western A tournament's most outstanding player as a junior and senior and named 2013 Maine Gatorade Player of the Year.
This season, the 5'8” guard captured her second consecutive conference scoring title and was named the SMAA Player of the Year after averaging 18.3 points, 5.8 rebounds and 2.9 assists per game. She was a three-time SMAA All-Star while tallying 1,374 career points.
The daughter of Brian and Carolyn Clement, Allie has accepted a basketball scholarship from Marist College.
MR. MAINE BASKETBALL: Dustin Cole - Bonny Eagle High School
Dustin Cole started and finished every game in his four-year career at Bonny Eagle with an unflinching commitment to becoming the best.
While leading the Scots to the Western A final all four years, Dustin was a four-time SMAA All-Star and the conference's Player of the Year his junior and senior seasons. The three-year captain finished with 1,812 career points, the most in Bonny Eagle and SMAA history. He also led the SMAA in assists the last three years and was the only player in league history to lead it in both scoring and assists in back-to-back seasons.
As a senior, the 5'9” guard averaged 24.5 points, 7.8 assists and 5.2 rebounds and was nominated for the McDonald's All-American game.
The son of Dan and Kate Cole, Dustin will attend Franklin Pierce University on a full athletic scholarship.