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Squires named Maine Player of the Week in men's hoops

LEWISTON, Maine -- Bates senior captain John Squires was named Maine's Player of the Week today, announced by the Maine Men's Basketball Coaches and Writers Association.

Squires (Swampscott, Mass.) was a key force in both of Bates' wins over the weekend, notching his fourth and fifth double-doubles of the season as the Bobcats swept rivals Colby and Bowdoin at home. In Bates' 66-55 win over Colby, he scored 17 points and grabbed 20 rebounds, both career highs, and blocked two shots. In the 81-60 win over Bowdoin Squires submitted 12 points and 10 rebounds.

Squires has scored in double figures in 10 of Bates' 14 games thus far, and currently ranks 20th in the NESCAC in scoring (10.7 points per game), third in rebounding (8.0 rpg) and fifth in blocked shots (0.93 bpg).

The 6-foot-8 All-NESCAC wide receiver is one of a remarkable four Bobcats currently averaging between 10.3 and 10.8 points per game, along with junior Mark Brust (Duxbury, Mass.) at 10.8, senior captain Reid Christian (Pownal, Maine) at 10.5 and junior Ed Bogdanovich (Portland, Maine) at 10.3.

Bates (8-6) jumped from fifth into a tie for second in this week's MMBCWA Coaches' Poll. The Bobcats are tied with the Polar Bears, who dropped from the top spot in the poll.

View the weekly MMBCWA report of Jan. 17, 2012