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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
There will be no repeat semi-final upset at provincials for the St. Mary’s Bay Academy Stingrays this year.
The fourth-place Stingrays were looking to unseat first-place East Antigonish for the second year in a row and advance to the provincial finals but dropped a 77-72 semi-final heart breaker to the Mustangs at Division 3 high school boys’ basketball provincials in Middleton Friday night.
The Mustangs avenged last year’s loss to the Stingrays and will take on the #2 Annapolis West Education Center Wolfpack for the championship banner Saturday at 3 p.m.
SMBA jumped out to an early 24-10 first quarter lead against the Mustangs and although Shayne Clements sat on the Stingray bench for half of the second due to foul trouble they were out front 41-28 at the half.
Kendall Bren had the hot hands for the Mustangs in the third scoring 16 points to help his team tie it up at 54 heading into the final frame.
There were several lead changes in the final 10 minutes but the Mustangs managed to sneak ahead and hold off a late Stingray charge.
SMBA coach Brad Bright said the team played so well in the first half but were unable to keep the momentum going in the second.
“The boys played a strong first half and although Shayne Clements got into foul trouble early in the second quarter the team held their lead,” said Bright. “We came out cold in the third not scoring in the first four minutes of play.”
Bright felt the team kept pace with the #1 seed but struggled to contain Breen who had a huge second half.
Breen finished with 37 points including 7 three-pointers for the Mustangs.
Byron Mullen scored 21 for the Stingrays, Clements finished with 20 and Garrett Nesbitt had 15 including three treys. Toby Stone chipped in 9 points.
SMBA will play for bronze at 1 p.m. against Hants North who fell to AWEC 70-50 in Friday’s first semi-final match.