Destin Marlins take St. Mary’s to task

Tina Harbuck
Destin's Nick Pierce pushes the ball down the floor past St. Mary's. Pierce scored four points in the 59-27 middle school victory. [TINA HARBUCK/THE LOG]

Utilizing every player, the Destin Marlins beat the St. Mary’s Archangels 59-27 in boy’s middle school basketball action Tuesday evening at home.

With everybody getting playing time, eleven Marlins put points on the board with Luke Edelman leading the way with 16 points. Jaden Carlisle also hit double digits with 12 points.

“I thought we did well,” said Destin Coach Brent Acker. “I definitely appreciated the team supporting their teammates that were on the court.

“I thought we moved the ball pretty well and got some transition points. Hopefully these things will carry over to next week,” he added.

Destin outscored the Archangels every quarter.

In the first period, Destin put up 12 points to St. Mary’s six. Carlisle scored six for Destin, while Nick Pierce hit for four and Cooper Stanford chipped in two.

In the second quarter, Destin rotated a whole new group on the floor and continued to take it to the Archangels. Destin outscored St. Mary’s 17-6. Edelman put up eight points in the period. Destin led 29-12 at the half.

In the third quarter, Edelman continued to take it inside for another eight points, while Aiden Garrity, Mason Brundidge and Carlisle contributed to the 44-22 lead at the buzzer.

In the final stanza, Destin scored 15 and St. Mary’s five. Carlisle hit four and Garrity three. Scoring two each for the Marlins were Hudson Cook, Tobias Thompson, Jaden Newell and Luke Bilger.

For the game, St. Mary’s Zaylen Caines led all scorers with 20 points, including three 3s.

The Marlins next travel to Crestview on Tuesday to take on the Davidson Panthers at 6:30 p.m.