St. Mary’s Bay Academy senior boys’ basketball team is seeded second behind Shelburne Rebels heading into regional playoff action Feb. 17 after finishing the regular season with a 17-6 record.
SMBA completed league play winning 79-67 over the Par-en-Bas Sharks on Tuesday with Mackenzie Ford pouring in 31 points and pulling down 10 rebounds. Shayne Clements scored 19, Tyrel Comeau netted 11 with 10 rebounds and Layton Hill added 10.
Coach Brad Bright said his team did well to pull out the win as there was a mix-up in start time at Par-en-Bas and he had to begin the game with the five players that had arrived with him.
“The other half of the team which consisted of starters didn’t get to the school until a bit later and that gave the Sharks the 42-36 upper hand in the first half,” Bright said. “The team that went on the court did well to keep in the game until the rest of our players showed up.
“SMBA got things going in the second half to pull off the come from behind victory although the Sharks kept it close with their three-point shooting.”
SMBA fell to the New Germany 80-67 in its final league game at home on Wednesday but the Stingrays clinched second place by posting a 79-57 victory over the Saints earlier in the season.
The Stingrays got off to a slow start as they uncharacteristically struggled to get their shots to fall in the first half, giving the Saints a 53-36 lead at the buzzer.
It was a different game in the third quarter with SMBA winning the frame 15-9 to close the gap. However foul trouble sent Clements to the bench and the Saints were good for five of six at the line.
A foul-filled final frame on both sides proved costly to the Stingrays as Brandon Doucette was benched along with Tyrel Comeau before the buzzer. SMBA made seven of 10 free throws courtesy of the Saints but the visitors edged out the Stingrays 16-15 in the fourth quarter to hold on for the win.
Bright said the boys didn’t seem focused on the play and missed the easy shots early in the game.
“Our team got into foul trouble and that cost us at the line but the boys didn’t quit. I was pleased with how they stayed in the game down the stretch,” the coach said. “Our big win over the Saints earlier in the season certainly helped us tonight.”
Mackenzie Ford hooped 21 for the Stingrays, Tyrel Comeau finished with 17, Shayne Clements scored 14 and Layton Hill chipped in 10.
The Stingrays see regional semi-final action in Shelburne on Feb. 17 at 7 p.m.