All posts by Bob Cimbollek

Here’s how your basketball team can stop a top scorer

Many outstanding scorers at the high school and college levels are lighting up scoreboards in our state this season. Some of those basketball players on the high school courts include Kolleen Bouchard of Houlton, Matt Cooper of Lawrence in Fairfield, Justin Thompson of Schenck in East Millinocket, Ian McIntyre of Hampden Academy, Mackenzie Holmes and […]

New Year’s Basketball Resolutions that could help coaches, players & officials

With New Year’s Day fast approaching, and after watching UMaine, college and Maine high school games in person, on TV and online, here are some basketball resolutions that coaches, players and refs could make and keep that could help them improve their games. The UMaine men’s coaching staff should resolve to: 1. Play 6-foot-8 Vincent […]

More success possible for young UMaine women’s basketball team

More overall size and athleticism could make this year’s University of Maine women’s basketball team more successful than last year’s team that lost in the America East championship game. Eight seniors graduated off that team and this year’s squad has eight new freshmen, seven of whom are international recruits. Maine is 5-5 in non-conference action. […]

UMaine men’s basketball program on right path after making changes

The University of Maine men’s basketball coaching staff has made some recruiting and needed style of play changes this season after going 11-49 the past two seasons. The style of play consisted of an uptempo offense, allowing players to dictate when and who shoots, pressing full-court and using 10 or 11 players. That style didn’t […]

Preseason practices are not the time for scrimmages

With high school basketball practices underway on Monday, I wonder how many coaches started tryouts by rolling out the ball for scrimmaging. Webster’s definition of a scrimmage is, “a practice game.” Conducting an intrasquad scrimmage is usually without certified officials or fans and there is little coaching. With just three weeks (including tryouts) before opening […]

Lee Academy grad guiding UMFK men’s basketball on path to success

Lee Academy grad guiding UMFK men’s basketball on path to success| After the University of Maine-Fort Kent’s big 80-75 upset win over Division I University of Maine on Nov. 5, the Bengals are no longer playing in Maine basketball obscurity. UMFK pulled off one of the school’s biggest victories behind 6-foot-7 senior Joel McCluskey, a […]