Stingrays second in league play after loss to Wolfpack

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By Karla Kelly

St. Mary’s Bay Academy senior boys’ basketball team finished league play in second place behind the Annapolis West Education Center after a 99-72 loss to the Wolfpack at home on Monday night.

In a battle for first place, SMBA was in a must-win situation after falling to AWEC in an earlier match last month.

SMBA drew first blood as Evan Moses opened the scoring for the Stingrays with a quick layup, followed by a bucket from Shayne Clements.

AWEC answered, setting the pace for a high tempo match with plenty of pressing and fouling.

With the game tied at 10 halfway through the first quarter, SMBA took the lead going on a 7-0 run with two minutes to play.

Garrett Nesbitt and Clements padded the Stingray lead with a three-pointer each and SMBA held a 21-18 lead heading into the second quarter.

Both teams continued their shooting frenzy, with the Stingrays maintaining their lead until halfway through the second quarter when the Wolfpack tied it at 37.

AWEC’s full court pressure was relentless as they took advantage of forced turnovers finishing the half, 50-41.

With Clements on the bench in foul trouble and point guard Toby Stone sitting out from an injury, the Stingrays struggled at both ends of the court, falling behind 54-74.

Colin Ryan and Chad Gaudet put life back into the Stingray offence with back-to-back threes, but the Wolfpack outscored the home team 25-18 in the final frame for the win.

SMBA coach Brad Bright said his team started off strong in the first half against a very tough Annapolis squad but struggled on defence third quarter.

“We were off to a great start but foul trouble and poor defence put us behind in the third quarter,” he said. “The boys fought hard but they ran out of steam and couldn’t catch up.”

AWEC coach James Wiseman felt the Stingrays came out to play hard.

“It would have been a different game if Clements hadn’t sat for a time in the third or fouled out early in the fourth,” said Wiseman.

“We pressed for a full 40 minutes but it took the team longer than usual to get the game.”

Clements scored 20 points, Nesbit finished with 15 and Chad Gaudet and Byron Mullen added 10 each for the Stingrays.

The Stingrays, who hold an 11-3 record, will host Par-En-Bas in a 7 p.m. exhibition game Feb. 7.

Organizations: Annapolis West Education Center, Bay Academy

Geographic location: Annapolis

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