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SMBA Stingrays outlast the North Queen Spartans in high school basketball


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The St. Mary’s Bay Academy Stingrays are 3-0 after outlasting the North Queens Spartans in exhibition play at home on Nov. 21.

The home team jumped out to a 7-0 lead keeping the Spartans scoreless for the first five minutes with strong defensive play.

Josh Peters and Shayne Clements led their team as they poured in eight points each in the first frame to take a commanding 23-8 lead.

The Spartans settled into the game second quarter and kept pace with the Stingrays although they were edged out 14-12.

Third quarter action was a total turn around as the Spartans took advantage of sloppy play and doubled up on the Stingrays 27-14 closing the gap 48-51 with less than a minute to play.

SMBA maintained a slim lead in the early minutes of the final quarter but foul trouble sent two Spartan starters to the bench allowing the Stingrays to open up the game 20-8 and coast to victory.

Mackenzie Ford shot 12 of his game high 26 points before he was fouled out in the final minutes of the game.

Spartan coach Andrew Johnson felt the game was a good experience for his players.

“We learned how to claw back when we were down by 15 or more points,” said Johnson. “Our rookies gained experience on the floor when our two main players got fouled out.”

Johnson said he was looking forward to the return match later in the month.

Coach Brad Bright said his team came out on fire and played well the first quarter but slow action in the third quarter allowed North Queens to sneak up on them.

Along with Ford’s 26 points Josh Peters netted 18, Shayne Clements added 12 and Tyrel Comeau chipped in 11 for the Stingray win.

SMBA plays host to Par-En-Bas on Friday, Nov. 25 at 7 p.m.

The St. Mary’s Bay Academy Stingrays are 3-0 after outlasting the North Queens Spartans in exhibition play at home on Nov. 21.

The home team jumped out to a 7-0 lead keeping the Spartans scoreless for the first five minutes with strong defensive play.

Josh Peters and Shayne Clements led their team as they poured in eight points each in the first frame to take a commanding 23-8 lead.

The Spartans settled into the game second quarter and kept pace with the Stingrays although they were edged out 14-12.

Third quarter action was a total turn around as the Spartans took advantage of sloppy play and doubled up on the Stingrays 27-14 closing the gap 48-51 with less than a minute to play.

SMBA maintained a slim lead in the early minutes of the final quarter but foul trouble sent two Spartan starters to the bench allowing the Stingrays to open up the game 20-8 and coast to victory.

Mackenzie Ford shot 12 of his game high 26 points before he was fouled out in the final minutes of the game.

Spartan coach Andrew Johnson felt the game was a good experience for his players.

“We learned how to claw back when we were down by 15 or more points,” said Johnson. “Our rookies gained experience on the floor when our two main players got fouled out.”

Johnson said he was looking forward to the return match later in the month.

Coach Brad Bright said his team came out on fire and played well the first quarter but slow action in the third quarter allowed North Queens to sneak up on them.

Along with Ford’s 26 points Josh Peters netted 18, Shayne Clements added 12 and Tyrel Comeau chipped in 11 for the Stingray win.

SMBA plays host to Par-En-Bas on Friday, Nov. 25 at 7 p.m.

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