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The Marco Island Academy needed a feel-good win and they got one Tuesday night, coming away with a 68-59 win over Evangelical Christian at the Marco gym.

The win snapped an eight-game losing streak for the Rays.

“Tonight was a good night, because they needed to win,” said Marco head coach Roger Raymond. “It was a tough win. We’re way better than our record.”

It was the sixth win of the season for the Rays, who have been placed in a very competitive 2A district this season. The district includes two local state powers – Community School and First Baptist Academy.

“The district we’re in is probably the toughest one in the state,” Raymond said. “We’ve played FBA twice — we played FBA to a 10-point game over there. All in all it’s been a good season. It’s been rough.

“We have good players. We just have a lack of players,” said Raymond. “We only play seven players. We have no subs. When you play seven players all year long, you’re going to get tired. These kids are tired. They play the whole game, every game.”

The academy led wire-to-wire Tuesday night, led by hot-shooting Brandon Estremera, who connected on seven three pointers on his way to a 29-point night.

Cole Stretton added 18 and Tyler Gresham 17 to pace the Rays.

On Monday night, the Rays lost a tough game, 66-51, to Gateway Charter.

The next two games are winnable for the Rays. They travel to Donahue Catholic Thursday and host Oasis Charter Friday. The Rays defeated both teams earlier this season.

“The next two games are big for the kids,” Raymond said. “Friday is senior night. We’ve got four seniors who’ve played a lot.”

Game time Friday is 6 p.m. The Rays are 6-17 on the season.

Next games for the Rays

The Rays travel to Donahue Catholic Thursday and host Oasis Charter Friday. Game time Friday is 6 p.m. The Rays are 6-17 on the season.

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