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SMBA boys score back-to-back victories, girls lose home opener

By Karla Kelly FOR THE DIGBY COURIER St. Mary’s Bay Academy senior boys’ basketball team opened their hoop season with back-to-back home victories, defeating the Barrington Barons 64-38 on Monday and toppling the Middleton Martins 95-46 the following night.

Playing on their home court, the Stingrays outscored the Barons in all four quarters and led 30-23 at the half.

The Stingrays played stronger defensive in the third quarter going on a 21-6 run to make it a 51-29 game with 10 minutes to play.

Barrington coach Jevlin Doane said it was a rebuilding year for his team as they lost their core players. “Most of our players graduated last year and this is a new team we’re working with,” he said. “Tonight, everyone got lots of playing time.”

Assistant coach Patrick Muise said the team is working through their mistakes as they struggle to work together as a team. “We’re hoping the grade 12s will keep us competitive as the season progresses,” Muise said.

Stingrays’ coach Craig Glavin felt his team suffered from first game jitters and didn’t play as well as they could have. “The team didn’t trap well and they allowed too many fast breaks,” said Glavin. “They needed to be more aware of where the opposition was on the floor.” “We settled down second half and had a good third quarter as our defense forced Barrington into three 24-second violations. Chad Lombard’s three three-pointers in the third were a boost for the team.”

Starting the season with an exhibition game was a great way for everyone to have plenty of floor time, added Glavin.

Tyler Langford led the Stingrays with 16 points with Chad Lombard adding 14 for the win.

In Tuesday night’s game against the Middleton Martins, the Stingrays found their rhythm early, playing a solid game at both ends of the court.

SMBA made good on turnovers in the second quarter to take a 43-20 lead at the half.

Middleton had difficulty stopping the quick Stingray offence as the home team added to their lead in the third quarter but the Martins didn’t give up.

Ryan McNeil sparked his team with a three-pointer and the Martins outscored the Stingrays by three in the final quarter.

Glavin was pleased with the Stingrays’ effort and said the boys displayed a better attitude during the game. “The boys worked as a team tonight both on offense and defense and did what I asked them to do,” said Glavin. “I was pleased that everyone on the team was able to score.”

Tyler Langford scored 20 points while Jordan Cromwell netted 12 for the Stingray victory.

Middleton’s Ryan McNeil finished the game with 18 points and Jon Headdy added 17.

The Stingrays are home against Annapolis today at 5 pm.

In senior girls’ action, the Stingrays took on Barrington in the second home game Monday night.

SMBA got behind early in the game and although they were able to keep the action close in the second and third quarters, they were unable to make up the difference.

The Barons pulled ahead in the final frame to take the game 55-34.

Kayla Robar and Giselle Peters each scored 10 points for the Stingrays.

Barrington’s Arrielle Cunningham led all scorers with 16 points.

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