Clements leads Stingrays in come-from-behind thriller

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DRHS Mariners host SMBA in high school basketball league play

By Karla Kelly

Shayne Clements poured in a game high 30 points to lead St. Mary’s Bay Academy Stingrays in a come-from-behind 74-69 thriller against the host Digby Mariners in Digby Friday night.

The Mariners edged the Stingrays 13-11 in the opening frame of the second league match between the two local teams.

Daniel Ford and Tyrice Miller energized the Mariners with a couple of three-pointers as Digby extended its lead 32-24 at the half.

SMBA scored nine of its 13 second-half points at the foul line to stay in the game.

Stingrays Garrett Nesbit and Mariners Daniel Ford fouled out after 20 minutes of play.

The Stingrays chipped away at the Mariner lead, playing better defence and making good at the foul line to win the third quarter, 25-22.

Foul trouble continued to plague the Mariners as Logan Carman fouled out in the third quarter, followed in the fourth by Matthew Hakim and Jarred Lowe.

SMBA played a strong fourth quarter, taking its first lead of the game, 61-59, with 5:43 remaining.

The Stingrays slipped ahead 72-65 with a minute and a half remaining and although the Mariners battled to close the gap, SMBA held on to seal the victory.

We were ahead three quarters of the game and at least SMBA knows we are for real. DRHS coach Jeremy Melanson

Coach Brad Bright said both teams played an exciting game.

“Digby played a very good game and we came out cold in the first half,” said Bright. “But we moved the ball better and played a more controlled game second half to finish it with the win.”

Stingrays are three-and-one in league play with two wins against Digby, one against Bridgetown and a loss to Annapolis.

Digby coach Jeremy Melanson was pleased with his teams improved play although he said it would have been nice to get the win.

“We were ahead three quarters of the game and at least SMBA knows we are for real,” said Melanson. “We are sitting in third place right now with a win against Bridgetown and two losses to both SMBA and Annapolis.”

Along with Clements, Toby Stone scored 20 points while Jacob Gavel and Garrett Nesbit chipped in seven points each for the Stingray victory.

Ryan Doucette led the Mariners with 17 points, Matthew Hakim finished with 13 and Daniel Ford and Nathan Janson scored 11 each.

Both teams take a break for exams next week.

Organizations: Mariners, Bay Academy Stingrays

Geographic location: Bridgetown, Annapolis

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