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Stingrays turn back the Tide in alumni game


By Karla Kelly FOR THE DIGBY COURIER NovaNewsNow.com

St. Mary’s Bay Academy Stingrays turned back the Black Tide alumni basketball team 84-75 in the second annual alumni game at the school Thursday night.

The April 21 game was hosted by the high school as a fundraiser for the grade 12 prom and the vocal spectators cheered loud and long for their favourite team.

The Stingrays placed seventh at this year’s Division 3 provincials and seven team members are among those graduating in June. The Weymouth Consolidated School Black Tide alumni team consisted of members who played in various years from 1969 to 2001.

The alumni team won the first alumni game last April against the 2010 Division 3 provincial champions and were looking to make it two in a row.

Black Tide got the jump ball and scored the first basket but the Stingrays answered with a three from J.P. Gaudet on their way to a 20-11 first quarter lead.

The Tide turned the game around in the second quarter outscoring the younger team 26-15 as they used a swarming man-to-man defence to force the Stingrays into bad passing and poor shot selection.

But the Stingrays quickly erased their two-point half time deficit by forcing turnovers and fast breaks for a 56-48 third quarter lead.

Both teams played a close final frame but the Stingrays held back the Tide for the win.

Jordan Cromwell poured in 43 points for the Stingrays. J.P. Gaudet netted 13 and Mackenzie Ford added 12.

Adrian Jones scored 14 for the Black Tide. Graham Cromwell added 13, Mitchell Doucette had 12 and Jonathan MacBurnie chipped in 10.

Stingray coach Brad Bright said his boys played a strong game against a more experienced team, although they let the Tide’s defence shut them down second quarter.

“Most of the alumni’s plays were based on experience compared to the youth of the Stingrays,” said Bright. “But youth paid off as speed beat the Tide. The only reason Black Tide stayed with us was their experience.”

Black Tide player Adrian Jones said the turnovers did the alumni team in.

The Stingrays came out strong right from the beginning and we just gave the ball away too many times,” Jones said. “But it was a great game and we’ll see who breaks the tie next year.”

St. Mary’s Bay Academy Stingrays turned back the Black Tide alumni basketball team 84-75 in the second annual alumni game at the school Thursday night.

The April 21 game was hosted by the high school as a fundraiser for the grade 12 prom and the vocal spectators cheered loud and long for their favourite team.

The Stingrays placed seventh at this year’s Division 3 provincials and seven team members are among those graduating in June. The Weymouth Consolidated School Black Tide alumni team consisted of members who played in various years from 1969 to 2001.

The alumni team won the first alumni game last April against the 2010 Division 3 provincial champions and were looking to make it two in a row.

Black Tide got the jump ball and scored the first basket but the Stingrays answered with a three from J.P. Gaudet on their way to a 20-11 first quarter lead.

The Tide turned the game around in the second quarter outscoring the younger team 26-15 as they used a swarming man-to-man defence to force the Stingrays into bad passing and poor shot selection.

But the Stingrays quickly erased their two-point half time deficit by forcing turnovers and fast breaks for a 56-48 third quarter lead.

Both teams played a close final frame but the Stingrays held back the Tide for the win.

Jordan Cromwell poured in 43 points for the Stingrays. J.P. Gaudet netted 13 and Mackenzie Ford added 12.

Adrian Jones scored 14 for the Black Tide. Graham Cromwell added 13, Mitchell Doucette had 12 and Jonathan MacBurnie chipped in 10.

Stingray coach Brad Bright said his boys played a strong game against a more experienced team, although they let the Tide’s defence shut them down second quarter.

“Most of the alumni’s plays were based on experience compared to the youth of the Stingrays,” said Bright. “But youth paid off as speed beat the Tide. The only reason Black Tide stayed with us was their experience.”

Black Tide player Adrian Jones said the turnovers did the alumni team in.

The Stingrays came out strong right from the beginning and we just gave the ball away too many times,” Jones said. “But it was a great game and we’ll see who breaks the tie next year.”

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