BANGOR – Red Barry Gymnasium is going to be hopping this winter.
“”W” every night, every night I want a “w” and I want to win that state championship at the end of the year.” Bangor forward Matt Fleming said.
Fleming is going for a gold ball for his team and some sibling bragging rights.”
“My brother (Andrew Fleming) never got that so I kind of just want to one up him and kinda do something he never got to do,” Fleming said.
Army west Point bound, Fleming is poised to lead a loaded Bangor squad this year.
“Just having a DI athlete on your team is a great feeling it just gives you that extra boost of confidence, especially someone like Matt. Someone who can play above the rim. We have a couple players who can do that,” guard Henry Westrich said.
The Rams return several seniors their entire starting lineup and bring over former Brewer guard Isaac Cummings.
Murmurs of a super team came up over the summer, but the Rams aren’t taking the bait.
“We’re all really humble I think. We come in ready to work and we’re not worried about what everyone else is saying. We just want to do our thing and show everyone what we have,” Fleming said.
While it’s the same cast of characters, it’s leader is different. Longtime Husson men’s basketball assistant Brad Libby is Bangor’s new head coach.
“I know a lot of these kids that are on the team so the excitement of being able to coach them and being a part of a team with them and the family that Bangor basketball has had,” Libby said.
Having impact players like Fleming make the learning curve a little easier too.
“I characterize Matt as a star on the court and off the court not only is he super talented as a player but off the court being a leader and being part of the community and in school doing well in school. Having him as kind of a center stone is wonderful,” Libby added.
Bangor begins its season Dec. 7 at Lewiston.