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SMBA Stingrays dominate SAERC Saints in provincial opener


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By Karla Kelly FOR THE DIGBY COURIER  digbycourier.ca

St. Mary’s Bay Academy senior boys basketball team has made it the provincial semi-finals.

The fourth-place Stingrays dominated the fifth-place Straight Area Education Recreation Center Saints 91-50 in their opening game at Division 3 basketball provincials held in Annapolis on Thursday, Feb. 28.

The win propels the Stingrays to the semi-final game against third-place Hants North who also won their opening game. They beat sixth-place South Colchester Academy 71-48.

Using effective pressure defence and pushing the ball up the court, the Stingrays jumped out to a 29-11 first quarter lead. The Saints settled into their game scoring on second chance opportunities but trailed 45-22 at the half.

SMBA extended their lead in the third quarter winning the frame 28-12 and edged out the Saints 18-16 in the fourth quarter for the win.

Stingray’s coach Brad Bright said he was excited over how well his team played.

“We had to win this first game and the boys gave me what I was hoping for,” said Bright. “It was an excellent game and everyone had their time on the floor.”

The fan support was just fantastic and gave the boys that extra momentum Bright added.

Shayne Clements poured in 31 points while Mackenzie Ford netted 28 for the victory. Mitchell Maccuspic led the Saints with 23 points.

The host team, eighth-place Annapolis Wolfpack, lost 77-68 to top seed East Antigonish in the first game on Thursday. The second-place Shelburne Rebels’ won their game against the seventh-place Le Carrefour Leopards.

The Stingrays and Flames were to play at 8 p.m. tonight, Friday but the games at AWEC have been postponed due to school closures.

By Karla Kelly FOR THE DIGBY COURIER  digbycourier.ca

St. Mary’s Bay Academy senior boys basketball team has made it the provincial semi-finals.

The fourth-place Stingrays dominated the fifth-place Straight Area Education Recreation Center Saints 91-50 in their opening game at Division 3 basketball provincials held in Annapolis on Thursday, Feb. 28.

The win propels the Stingrays to the semi-final game against third-place Hants North who also won their opening game. They beat sixth-place South Colchester Academy 71-48.

Using effective pressure defence and pushing the ball up the court, the Stingrays jumped out to a 29-11 first quarter lead. The Saints settled into their game scoring on second chance opportunities but trailed 45-22 at the half.

SMBA extended their lead in the third quarter winning the frame 28-12 and edged out the Saints 18-16 in the fourth quarter for the win.

Stingray’s coach Brad Bright said he was excited over how well his team played.

“We had to win this first game and the boys gave me what I was hoping for,” said Bright. “It was an excellent game and everyone had their time on the floor.”

The fan support was just fantastic and gave the boys that extra momentum Bright added.

Shayne Clements poured in 31 points while Mackenzie Ford netted 28 for the victory. Mitchell Maccuspic led the Saints with 23 points.

The host team, eighth-place Annapolis Wolfpack, lost 77-68 to top seed East Antigonish in the first game on Thursday. The second-place Shelburne Rebels’ won their game against the seventh-place Le Carrefour Leopards.

The Stingrays and Flames were to play at 8 p.m. tonight, Friday but the games at AWEC have been postponed due to school closures.

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