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DRHS Mariners hold off Forest Heights Falcons in hoop opener

DIGBY - The DRHS senior boys’ basketball team succeeded in holding off the Forest Heights Falcons 73-57 to win their home opener thanks to a strong first quarter.

The Mariners breezed out to a 25-1 lead in the first 10 minutes of play as the Falcons struggled to find the hoop.

The Falcons scored their first basket at the 8:23 mark of the second quarter and the tide turned in favor of the visitors as they settled into their rhythm, outscoring the Mariners 23-21.

Although Digby held a comfortable 46-24 lead heading into the third quarter, foul trouble and turnovers plagued the Mariners while smart defence led to scoring opportunities for the Falcons.

The Falcons battled hard to close the gap, but both teams were evenly matched in the final frame and the Mariners claimed their first league victory of the season.

Mariners coach Jeremy Melanson congratulated the team for the win but said the first quarter was the only frame the boys played their game.

“The last three quarters we showed our lack of conditioning and that’s where the foul trouble came from,” Melanson said. “I see the potential for a good season once we are in shape.”

The coach said good fan support energizes the team and encouraged students, staff and family members to come out for the games.

Falcons coach Rhead Brown said his team was poor at the foul line but once they got their heads together it was their game.

“We lost the game in the first quarter and although we edged the Mariners the rest of the match we couldn’t close the gap,” Brown said.

The Falcons’ Austin Brown led all scorers with 21 points.

Digby’s Daniel Ford scored 17 points, Tyrice Miller finished with 16, Matthew Hakim added 15 and Ryan Doucette chipped in 12 for the Mariner win.

The Mariners host Annapolis West Education Center on Monday for a 7 p.m. league game.

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