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Stingrays Shayne Clements dribbles against the Bridgewater Vikings defence during semi-final action at Regionals last week.
By Karla Kelly FOR THE DIGBY COURIER NovaNewsNow.com
St Mary’s Bay Academy’s strong first half performance was good enough for a win in their first game at provincials.
The #4 Stingrays took on #5 Bridgewater Vikings in Port Hawkesbury today in what looked like a walk away win at the half.
Byron Mullen led the Stingray attack with 8 points including the first of his three treys as SMBA jumped out 20-12 after 10 minutes of play.
Shayne Clements, Toby Stone and Garrett Nesbit fired up a three-pointer each and Byron Mullen nailed two from beyond the arc as the Stingrays edged the Vikings 26-22 taking a 46-34 lead at the half.
SMBA offence went slack in the third quarter allowing Bridgewater to edge the Stingrays 12-8.
Fourth quarter action was close with the Vikings slipping by the Stingrays 15-12 but it wasn't enough and SMBA held on for their first win.
Coach Brad Bright said his team played especially hard in the first, building a comfortable lead but slipped offensively in the second half.
"The boys got a little sloppy in the fourth quarter letting the Vikings dictate the pace resulting in a close game," Bright said. "The boys had to really tighten up defensively to pull out the win."
Shayne Clements and Byron Mullen poured 20 points each while Toby Stone scored 11. Jacob Gavel added 6 and Evan Moses chipped in 4 for the win.
The win puts the Stingrays in the second semi-final game tomorrow night (Friday, Feb. 28) at 8 p.m. against East Antigonish who defeated Par-En-Bas 87-68 in the first game of the day.