Playoff time for SMCC
Southern Maine Community College wrapped up its regular season last week and now turns its attention to winning a Yankee Small College Conference championship. The men finished 20-8 (13-3 in conference) after a 97-64 setback at conference regular season champion Central Maine CC and an 85-81 overtime home loss to Vermont Tech. Scott Proudman had 14 points against CMCC, while Jose Nouchanthavong capped his superb campaign with 31 against Vermont Tech. The Seawolves host the University of Maine-Augusta in the YSCC quarterfinals Friday at 7 p.m. SMCC beat UMA twice this year by 27 and 25 points, respectively. The Seawolves women finished 18-7 (12-2 in conference) after falling at CMCC (68-55) and beating visiting Vermont Tech (88-47). Danielle McCusker had 16 points against CMCC and 17 versus Vermont Tech. The Seawolves open the conference tournament Thursday at home versus New Hampshire Technical Institute at 6 p.m. SMCC beat NHTI by four points at home and 15 on the road in the regular season.
Boys’ hockey regular season winds down
Entering the final days of the regular season, the Cape Elizabeth, Scarborough and South Portland boys’ hockey teams were playoff-bound, only their seeding was in question. Scarborough was battling Falmouth for the top spot in Western A. The Red Storm was 12-4-1 and first in the Western Class A Heal Points standings after a 4-1 home loss to Biddeford and a 7-1 home win over Thornton Academy. Scarborough closed at Falmouth Thursday in a game that determined the top seed. South Portland was 10-7 and eighth in Western A after losing at home to Portland/Deering (7-1) and winning at Windham (3-2). The Red Riots closed Thursday at home versus Marshwood/Traip. Cape Elizabeth was sixth in Western B after falling to 6-10-1 Saturday with a 5-2 home loss to Gorham. The Capers closed at Maranacook/Winthrop Wednesday. The postseason begins Tuesday with the quarterfinals. Games will be held on the home ice of the higher seeds.