Senior guard Terion Moss, who helped Portland High School win back-to-back Class AA state championships in 2016 and 2017 and led the Bulldogs to an 18-2 record this winter, has been named Maine’s Gatorade Boys Basketball Player of the Year for the second straight winter.

The 5-foot-10, 165-pound Moss led Portland to a berth in the Class AA North semifinals this season before the top-ranked Bulldogs were upset by No. 4 Windham.

Moss averaged 19.9 points, 4.6 assists, 4.0 rebounds and 2.9 steals and is a finalist for the state’s Mr. Maine Basketball award to be announced Friday night during the Maine McDonald’s Senior All-Star Banquet at Husson University in Bangor.

Moss previously had been named the Southwestern Maine Activities Association Player of the Year.

“Terion Moss is a phenomenal basketball player,” Mike Adams, head coach at recently crowned 2018 Class AA state champion Edward Little High School of Auburn, said in a news release.

“He can guard anyone from point guard to center, he plays the right way and more than anyone else he makes his teammates better. He’s impossible to prepare for, and when the ball is in his hands there’s nothing you can do to stop him from doing what he wants to do.”

Moss, the first Portland High School player to win the Gatorade state award in boys basketball, has maintained a B average in the classroom but remains undecided upon a collegiate destination.

Moss joins Andrew Fleming (2016, Oxford Hills of South Paris), Nick Mayo (2015, Messalonskee of Oakland), Zach Gilpin (2014, Hampden Academy), Garet Beal (2013 and 2012, Jonesport-Beals), Tyler McFarland (2011, Camden Hills of Rockport), Stefano Mancini (2010, Falmouth), Thomas Knight (2009, Dirigo of Dixfield), Ryan Martin (2008, Maranacook of Readfield), and Troy Barnies (2007, Edward Little) among the state’s most recent Gatorade Maine award winners.

As this year’s winner from Maine, Moss will be able to select a national or local youth sports organization to receive a grant as part of the Gatorade Play It Forward program. Each Gatorade state winner receives a $1,000 grant to donate and has the opportunity to enter for the chance to win an additional $10,000 spotlight grant by writing a brief essay explaining why their selected organization deserves additional support.

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Ernie Clark

Ernie Clark is a veteran sportswriter who has worked with the Bangor Daily News for more than a decade. A four-time Maine Sportswriter of the Year as selected by the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters...