Cole Stretton's 39 points lead Rays to runaway win

Scott H. Shook

For a half, Donahue Catholic was neck and neck with the home-standing Marco Island Academy Rays.

Cole Stretton takes the ball to the basket for two of his game high 39 points Monday night. They Rays blitzed Donahue Academy, 77-48.

But the second half was a different story altogether as the Rays totally dominated their visitors en route to an easy 77-48 win.

They Rays led 32-28 at halftime before turning up the intensity in the third quarter.

Kyle Ginther grabs a rebound in Marco Island Academy’s win over Donahue Academy Monday.

“In the second half we came out with a lot more intensity,” Rays coach Roger Raymond said. “When you play with intensity funny things happen. We played dramatically different.”

Leading the second half charge for the Rays was Cole Stretton, the team’s captain and point guard who scored 39 points.

“Stretton had a phenomenal game,” Raymond said, “he was 7-7 from the free throw line."

Brian Flynn leads a fast break in Marco Island Academy’s runaway win Monday night. Flynn scored six points for the Rays.

The Rays play again on Friday.

“They’re a good basketball team,” Raymond said of First Baptist Academy, the upcoming foe. “We played them to a 10-point game over there. We played really well. If we don’t play well (Friday night), you can find us down by the Jolly bridge."

Ray’s next game

The Rays host First Baptist Academy Friday at 7 p.m.