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Cougar trio shines at preseason all-star showcase
AUBURN -- The opportunity was simply to good to pass up for Dirigo seniors Josh Turbide, Ben Holmes and Cody St. Germain, who each tested their basketball skills at Central Maine Community College on Nov. 20.
Two hundred Maine high school age players participated in the MBR 11th Annual Preseason All-star games, by school classification, celebrating high school basketball and a look ahead to the upcoming high school season. The event recognized good players from all school classifications for their hard work and accomplishments to this point in their careers. "It was a very good experience. Every year they seem to put on a great event,” said St. Germain, who electrified the crowd with a stuff. “Having three of us on the same team was very helpful because of the chemistry we already have.”
The Cougars were teammates on Class C (Team Blue) which utilized its height advantage to pull away for a 77-52 win against Team Orange. Each team had two five-player rotations, every four minutes.
“We really just tried to go out and have fun,” said Holmes. “But we really had height (advantage) on the other team and tried to give it down low a lot. It was definitely more comfortable to play alongside Josh and Cody, I know their tendencies and what they are capable of because we have played together for so long.”
In the game, Orange strategy was a fastbreak style, but Blue stuck to the halfcourt game. St. Germain (6-4)and Holmes (6-1) altered with Thomas Enerva (6-9) of Fort Kent and Thomas Applegate (6-7) of Saint Doms.
The Cougars contributed greatly, St. Germain 14 points, seven rebounds and two steals; Holmes eight, seven, three assists and Turbide four points, two assists, two steals at guard.
“The MBR all-star weekend has always been a great event,” said Turbide. “You get a little dose of the talent over the state of players in respective classes. It was just exciting to play against top players that you more then likely wouldn't be able to play against during the regular season.” The trio agreed that the most memorable moments were talking to players from other teams and getting to know them.
“All in all, the event was a great way to be in a competitive atmosphere,” said Turbide. “We were playing a sport we all love, while making new friendships in the process.”
“It's always good to meet new people that we might not have ever met otherwise,” said St Germain. “There were some kids on the teams from the east that we got know pretty well.”