Stingrays upset Vikings to vie for Regional basketball banner

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Finals postponed to Monday

By Karla Kelly FOR THE DIGBY COURIER NovaNewsNow.com

St. Mary’s Bay Academy Senior Stingrays upset the South Shore number one seed Bridgewater Vikings 80-72 to advance to the Western Region Division 3 Regional Basketball Championship final.

That game was to be played today at Annapolis West Education Center but has been postponed to Monday, Feb. 17 at 5 p.m.

Play was close with the Vikings edging the Stingrays 18-14 after one quarter of play in the semi-final at AWEC on Saturday, Feb. 15.

Shayne Clements suffered an ankle injury five minutes into the game leaving the Stingrays shorthanded and trailing 42-36 at the half.

Jacob Gavel also left the floor hurt after being knocked to the court early in the second quarter.

That left just five players to continue. Gavel did recover enough to go back into the game part way through the second half.

SMBA made good on two Viking technical fouls and a determined defence put the Stingrays out front 60-56 heading into the final quarter.

Stingrays outscored the Vikings 20-16 in the final 10 minutes of play to put the game away.

Byron Mullen had the hot hands pacing the Stingrays with a game high 37 points, Toby Stone finished with 24 and Evan Moses chipped in 8 for the win.

Mark Rogers led the Vikings with 22 points, Jackli netted 15 and Connor Munroe added 10.

Coach Bright felt his team played extremely well in the second half and had high praise for their accomplishments on Saturday.

“To me as their coach this was the best defensive game of their season,” said Bright. “Playing shorthanded and upsetting the number one team from South Shore for a shot at the banner was remarkable.”

The Stingrays were seeded seconded going into the Regional tournament and they started off Saturday morning with a convincing 79-45 victory over the number three seed Barrington Barons.

After trailing 14-12 in the first quarter the Stingrays dominated the second 24-9 with Shayne Clements pouring in eight of his game high 24 points.

SMBA edged the Barons 17-13 in the third and put the game away with a 24-9 fourth quarter.

The Stingrays started making their shots in the second quarter scoring on several turnovers when the defence kicked in.

Coach Brad Bright said his team started off slow but played a more energetic game once the defence was brought in.

Along with Clements 24 points, Byron Mullen scored 22 and Toby Stone finished with 16 for the win.

Regardless of Monday’s championship outcome, SMBA and Annapolis will advance to Provincials to be held in Port Hawkesbury Feb. 27-Mar. 1.

The winner of the consolation game, also Monday, between Bridgewater and Shelburne will also go to Provincials.

The loser of the consolation game will host Barrington and Par-En-bas at a Qualifying tournament Feb. 21-22. The winner of that will then also go on to Provincials.

Organizations: Vikings, Annapolis West Education Center, Bay Academy Senior Stingrays Western Region Division

Geographic location: South Shore, Annapolis, Port Hawkesbury Shelburne

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